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June 19, 2013

Rain delay: Weather has frustrated local farmers

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Johnson said he plants his corn about once a week. But in the last two weeks, the soil has just been too muddy.

“That’s why we want to start as soon as we can, because we only plant until mid-July,” he said. “I think things will end up evening out and our second half will be stronger than our first half.”

For Mike Cross of Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, the rain has been beneficial.

“They like the water,” he said. “It’s looking like a good crop this year of apples and peaches.”

But his pumpkins are a little delayed.

“The rain has hindered them out in the field,” Cross said. “We are about a week to 10 days behind where we usually are.”

Gail McWilliam Jellie, New Hampshire director of agricultural development, said it isn’t a big issue statewide just yet, but it could become one.

“If the rain continues, we could have some issues,” she said. “But one of the fun things about agriculture is how it depends on the weather. We just hope everything evens out in the long run.”

Cooler weather hasn’t helped things either.

“The cold is just so tough,” Johnson said. “It slows down the growth of the plant and makes it tough to germinate.”

Things could be looking up soon though. Capriola said clear skies and temperatures in the 70s are expected today and tomorrow, with only a slight chance of showers on Friday and Saturday.

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