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Flooded field at Burlington Intervale last week. Photo: Sarah Harris
Flooded field at Burlington Intervale last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

Rainy weather hurts crops and markets

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Warm temperatures and wetter-than-normal conditions so far this summer are starting to put a strain on farmers.

The weather pattern's also impacting farmers markets.

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Ryan Delaney
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

The pepper plants on Brian Reeves' farm in Baldwinsville aren't doing as well as he'd like. "You can see already some leaves that have dropped off. And if keeps up, they will lose more and more leaves and you come back in two weeks it will be like a stem with no leaves; just gone."

Low-lying spots in his fields are wetter than they should be. And those crops are showing signs of struggling with excessive moisture. "Any prolonged weather situation," Reeves said, "I don't care if it's prolonged wet, prolonged dry, prolonged cold, puts a stress on everything you're growing."

Dianne Eggert of The Farmers Market Federation of New York says the wet, hot weather is making it hard for growers to get good crops to farm stands. And it's keeping customers away.
"Farmers are suffering losses in that respect as well, so it's kind of a double hit.

Brian Reeves says it's still looking like it will be an alright season for him. But of course, the weather might have other ideas.

Reporting by the Innovation Trail is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Visit innovationtrail.org.

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