Dry Weather Affecting Crops
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It's not as bad here as it is in many parts of the country, yet. But a recent dry spell is causing concern for many local farmers, especially those who grow fruits and vegetables.
So far in July, we've received less than a tenth of an inch of rain. Couple that with a dry last two weeks of June, and many farmers have been forced to irrigate their fields, during this, a critical time in the growth of their crops.
That costs them tens of thousands of dollars in water bills alone.
"And the truth is you never really make it back. You're not going to sell the product for much more. Fifty miles from here somebody might get inches of rain. They're not going to sell it for more just because you are not getting the rain," said Nate Savage, a farmer in Penfield.
"All crops need water, but vegetables really need the water to get the size and yield to be marketable enough to sell at the stores," said Chris Martin.
In Brockport, Martin is a fourth-generation farmer whose family operation works more than 3,000 acres of land. He says irrigated crops should be fine, but warns that a few more weeks without rain will hurt grain crops, such as corn and soybeans.