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We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out...whether we make it up the rest of the year or not is questionable.

Farmers struggle to catch up after a month of floods

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The economic effects of the flooding that began in late April are still being felt by many in the north country--the rains have left homes and communities heavily damaged; tourism dollars have been lost.

And after more than a month of exceptionally wet weather, area farmers are saying they may not be able to catch up with the planting they need to do for the fall harvest. Fields have been too wet in many cases to plant corn, or to harvest grass for hay--and it's getting down to the wire.

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Nora Flaherty
Digital Editor, News


Normally Champlain Valley dairy farmer Don Dimock feeds his 200-plus cows mostly with the grass, alfalfa and corn he grows himself. He says this year he hasn’t been able to plant as much as usual—and it’s going to cost him a lot of money.

"It's the worst spring that I can remember and we've beenhere forty years," Dimock said.

May's recorded rainfall of over ten inches – three times what was expected – has left standing water on fields that need to be planted as well as some that need to be harvested.

Corn needs to be planted soon in order for plants to mature by the end of the season. "You do not get the yields from corn planted in June that you would from corn planted in May," Dimock said.

A week without rain would be enough to harvest hay fields, which are mature but too wet for harvest. "You begin to lose protein and energy after the first of June and we are at that point now," Dimock said.

To make up for losses in high quality forage crops, Dimock said he will purchase grain, which has gotten more expensive this year.

"We might have to cut back a few cows in order to make it work," Dimock said.

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