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Fickle spring weather confounds farmers

May 19, 2016 12:02 am
Eric Anderson of The Albany Times-Union reports that the weird spring weather is causing concern among local farmers. March was 7.7 degrees above normal, and then it snowed in April. There has been a drought, and now damp conditions have some farms too muddy to plant. Ed Miller of Goold Orchards in Castleton the freeze in April killed 80 to 90 percent of the apple blossoms that opened early in the March warmth. David Holck, county executive director for the federal Farm Service Agency in Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties, told the paper that one local farmer told him , at this point, he's planted less than half the corn crop as usual. Blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and apples have been damaged by the cold. "A lot of the planting is behind schedule," said Steve Ammerman, spokesman for the New York Farm Bureau. "We've had a fair amount of rain. We need more warm days." Read the full story in The Albany Times-Union.