WAMC: Heavy April Rains May Prove Disastrous for NY Farmers (2011-05-05).
NEW PALTZ, NY (WAMC) – Drenching rain falls have caused problems around the region, and now there’s concern than a wetter-than-normal April may bring disastrous results for farmers in New York. WAMC’s Greg Fry reports…
The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University reports that both Rochester and Syracuse received record rainfall amounts in April, as did Burlington, Vermont. In Albany, last month’s rainfall was the 11th most on record for the month of April.
Down in the Black Dirt Region of Orange County, New York, onion farmer Chris Pawelski says they are about two weeks behind in planting their crops, and says he’s never seen a weather pattern like this in his lifetime. Pawelski says they are better off than farmers in parts of western and northern New York, who have reported significant flooding conditions on their farms.
Greg Fry, WAMC News.