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Rain a bane to local farmers

May 27, 2019 12:59 am
Stephen Williams reports the Daily Gazette that the rain this spring, which has come often, has been a bit much for some local farmers. Neil Peck, a sixth-generation family farmer in Saratoga County, says, "On the farm here, we're struggling to get the grass cut and harvested and the corn planted, because the hay fields need to be dry and firm to get equipment out on them, and the cornfields really need to be dry, otherwise the corn planter will compact the soil too much." Usually at this time of year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers have planted about 37 percent of their corn, but this year only seven percent has been planted statewide so far. But local farmers have other issues to worry about beside local precipitation. There is also low milk prices and the trade war with China, which means less of an international market for U.S. food. "It's a perfect storm for farmers," said John Radliff, a small-scale dairy farmer in Cobleskill. Read more about this story in the Daily Gazette.