Monday Afternoon: Farmers Get Ready For Sandy
Farmers across the north country spent Monday getting their farms ready to withstand Hurricane Sandy, and the high winds it's expected to bring to the north country.
At the Robbins farm in Sackets Harbor, the combine was working overtime, harvesting as much grain as possible before Sandy comes to town.
"We're kind of under a crunch before the storm gets here, we have a thousand acres to do," said Brian Robbins.
Heavy rains and high wind can wreck havoc on crops and that could mean a big financial hit for the farm.
The Robbins family is also taking measures to protect its animals at 'Old McDonalds Farm,' the family-operated petting zoo. They decided to close the petting zoo early for the season instead of staying open until Halloween. But there are still cows, pigs, and more to take care of.
"Just getting the barns ready, winter barns ready and getting everyone loaded on trucks, and getting them away," said Robbins.
Once the animals are safe in the barn, they should be fine, but it could be another story for the corn.
"An inch or two of rain with 30 miles per hour winds we'd probably be okay," Robbins said. "We get up in the 40, 50 mile per hour winds and more rain we're going to be in a mess with the corn."
Monday, May 20, 2013, Watertown, NY
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