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."