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Rainy days delay farmers

Apr 26, 2011 9:55 am
Alyssa Sunkin in the Times Herald-Record says this spring's rainy weather might be a little much for Hudson Valley farmers. "For the last few weeks, a southeasterly wind emanating from high pressure sitting off the New England coast has been picking up moisture from the Atlantic Ocean, bringing us sprinkles, clouds and chilly daytime temperatures," she writes. "This week we have to contend with a stalled front that will bring warmer weather to the region, but carries the risk of showers and thunderstorms every day until Thursday." She quotes several farmers who all say the downpours mean they are behind schedule with their crops. Cheryl Rogowski of Rogowski Farm in Pine Island is a month behind schedule. Pete Taliaferro is 11 days late, and planted lettuces, spinach, beets, and carrots that sprouted their baby leaves but then stopped growing, according to Sunkin. In Ulster County, the bloom period for orchards may be two or three days late this year, according Mike Fargione, an educator and commercial fruit-tree specialist with the cooperative extension in Ulster. Read the full story in the Times Herald-Record.