From the recently published Heritage Atlas of Hastings County:
"Clearing the land was a daunting task anywhere but at least in southern Hastings it was rewarded with good farmland. Not so in the north. Except for patches of arable land in the northernmost townships of Hastings, much of the land north of Highway 7 is unsuitable for farming. There have been no plowing matches north of 7, for good reason. Granite is tough on plowshares."