Wet June Slows Growing Season for Farmers

Between 10 and 12 inches of rain fell around the region during the month of June. As a result, some farmers say the amount of produce being harvested is down and they’re behind on planting schedules. Mike Wissman grows strawberries and corn at Warner Farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts. He says strawberry season was cut short by a week due to the rain and so far the corn is behind schedule: He says this has a negative economic impact on both the grower and the consumer. 

“Prices will be elevated because there will be a shorter supply. Everyone’s not going to have the yield that they had anticipated if we had more ideal growing conditions. Even though you get even maybe a 10 or 20 percent increase in wholesale prices, if it’s a wholesale item, it doesn’t make up for the hit you’ve taken in terms of the yield.” 

Bill McKinstry grows corn on 30 acres of land in Hadley, Massachusetts and operates a farm stand in Chicopee. He says because heavy rain washed out the soil’s nitrogen farmers need to use extra fertilizer:
We fertilized a lot of it twice, so it’s costing you more to produce the corn, especially when you aren’t getting any yield. I can’t say you’re making money on it, but at least you’re getting people in and hopefully they’ll buy something else.” 
Farms in Northern Connecticut suffered damage Monday when a pair of tornadoes touched down in Enfield and Windsor Locks. farms affected by the storms could be eligible for up to $5-million-dollars in state grants to cover crop loss and clean-up costs.