Local Farmers Hurt By Too Much Of A Good Thing

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Last year, it was the dry weather that had farmers' crops wilting in the fields as they hoped for just a little rain.

They got what they wished for this year - and then some.

"Can't win. We had a dry year last year and this year's the wet year and we're trying to put 'em in the best we can, but you can only work for a few days then it rains an inch, then it rains another inch," said Scott Bourcy of Wood's Farms in the town of Cape Vincent.

A total of 7 inches of rain has fallen on the farm in the past month.

It's so wet in the fields, Wood's Farms still has to plant a third of its corn crop and all 800 acres of soybeans. 

If the soil doesn't have five consecutive days of dry weather to get those soybeans in by the end of June, the farm will be out of luck.

"Didn't have enough to feed the cows and this year we can't go get the hay.  We had first cutting all done and we can't even drive in the fields to get the hay," said Bourcy.

Down the road at River Haven Farms, it's the same story. 

But Paul Mason sees the weather in a different light.

"At least we have something out there to get. It's a challenge to get it in. The rain's good for the growing, but it's a challenge to get it in. But I'd rather have the rains than the dry last year," said Mason.

On both farms a bumper crop of hay is sitting out in the fields tempting and tormenting the blades on the hay mowers in the barn. 

But all both farms can do is hope the sun comes out tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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