Cool, Wet Weather Delays Planting

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 05/13 2014 06:47PM

Updated 05/13 2014 06:49PM

PERU, Ny- This cooler, dreary weather we've had over the last few weeks has caused delays in the planting season for local farmers.

“We are moving a little bit slower this year,” said Linda Facteau, with Rulfs Orchard in Peru, NY.

Facteau says as of now only one section of corn has been planted whereas normally by this time they have two or three sections ready to go. But Facteau says even if it could all be planted now the ground is still too cold for it to thrive.

“So sometimes the first planting of corn will sit in the ground and the second planting of corn will catch right up to it because the ground has warmed up by that time,” said Facteau.

But while the weather hasn't been perfect she's optimistic.

“Anything will be better than last year with all the torrential rain we had,” said Facteau.

Last year's continuous rain flooded the fields forcing farmers to re-plant some crops more than once.

“It was really bad last year roads washed out, fields washed out, ducks were swimming in the fields; and it was devastating,” said Facteau.

So Facteau says even with all the rain this year is already off to a better start than last.

“I think within the next month we will have everything in,” said Facteau.

While the cold, damp weather stalls some of the planting, other crops such as the apple trees thrive in those types of conditions.

“The apples are still coming out of their dormancy very slow, which is very nice. Because if they come out of their dormancy slow and you get a hard frost the apple aren't as vulnerable to get hit by that frost and actually kill the apple in turn,” said Facteau.

While the apples are thriving Facteau says a nice combination of a little rain and a little heat would be the perfect mix to help get farmers back on track.

“But if we have a nice warm end of May, early June I think we will be fine,” said Facteau.

Vermont farmers are having similar trouble and experts say if the ground stays saturated for much longer some farmers might have to change the variety of crop they plant.

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