Corn, Hay Crops Rebound As Rain Soaks North Country
What was shaping up as an extraordinarily dry summer in northern New York has turned normal.
In fact, it's a little wetter than normal, when you add up the recent rain numbers.
For example, in Watertown 2.82 inches of rain have fallen this month. That's 1.39 inches above normal. Since June 1, 9.48 inches have fallen, which is 2.55 inches above normal.
(Our numbers are from the National Weather Service, by way of 7 News weathercaster John Kubis.)
In the last week alone, 0.32 inches of rain have fallen.
The rain arrived just in time to save much of the north country's corn crop.
At Celtic Acres, a farm in Lowville, owner John O'Brien said conditions a few weeks ago were "the worst we've ever seen it, and we've been here four generations."
O'Brien's corn fields are back to a vibrant green, and tall.
"It probably won't be what it could have been, of course, but I think it'll be a good crop," he said.
Hay is also staging a late season comeback.
"This year, we may see our third or fourth cutting be a much higher percentage of the yield for the year," said Lewis County Cooperative Extension crop educator Joe Lawrence.
And an emerging cash crop, soybeans, looks better as well.
Nathan Olmstead has a soybean field in Lowville.
"This field, because of the planting date and moisture we've had of late, is looking really nice."
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Watertown, NY
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