Rain is a Good Thing for North Country Farmers


The corn grows as high as 12 feet acre after acre in Woodville and Farmers at Bellewood Farms say it's turning out to be a great corn season.

"We've had lots of rain but we've also had lot's of sun and we've had a lot of growing degree days to make a better crop than especially last year", said Deanne Gilligan.

Gilligan is a farmer at Bellewood Farms. She says because of cooperating weather, the farm was able to produce about 1,000 tons more corn, for their cattle, than last year. If you remember last year's lack of rain greatly shrunk the size of harvest.

Dairy Farmers say the good harvest is also good news for the quality of milk they're able to produce.

Farmers at North Harbor Dairy in the town of Hounsfield say this year they've been able to produce about 15 percent more corn and hay than last year. That means they don't have to look else where to get food for their cows.

"We should be able to realize really good milk production this year with the quality of feed we've been able to harvest, because it's not only the quantity it's the quality as well," said Ron Robbins

For the farmers in Bellewod Farm it's all about the money. Deanne Gilligan tells us she expects to see 10 percent more milk profits because it will cost less to feed their cattle, if they're using their own crop.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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