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Kristen Kimball walks through muddy fields at Essex Farms (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Kristen Kimball walks through muddy fields at Essex Farms (Photos: Brian Mann)

As floods recede, North Country farmers play catch-up

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Lake Champlain is still more than two and a half feet above flood stage this morning and communities along the shore are struggling with wind and high water.

But in much of the North Country, historic floods are finally receding. Roads and buildings are being rebuilt. People are cleaning up water-damaged homes.

Among the hardest hit are the region's farmers, who lost weeks of precious time for planting and moving their livestock out to pasture.

Fruit trees typically in bloom are barely showing signs of budding.

"Just the saturated soils and the cool temperatures," said Jay Matteson, Jefferson County's agriculture coordinator.

"Our farms are anxious to get out there, and for the temperatures to come up. Our soil temperatures are down a little bit as well."

Brian Mann visited Essex Farm in the Champlain Valley and has our story.

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Mark Kimball has kept his cattle in the barn to protect wet pasture land

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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