Local Farmers Pleased With Corn Crop


A brutally cold winter and a soggy spring led to fears that the corn crop this year would be jeopardized. 

But that isn't happening.

"We've had some heat and this heat and rain combined has made for really good crops this year," said Mike Hunter, field crops specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.

"The early corn looks real good," said Steve Porter, crops manager at Porterdale Farms in Adams Center.

Farmers had a tight planting season, which ran from May 8 through June 7. 

At Porterdale Farm, the corn is planted on more than 2,500 acres.

The crop will feed nearly 4,000 head of cattle.

"We're real lucky with weed control. We're real lucky with pests so far this year. Those are two big positives," said Porter.

It's too early to tell what the yields will be.

The next three weeks will really matter in terms of rain, heat and sunshine.

Monday, December 5, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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