Wet summer hurting local farmers

Created: 08/03/2014 6:47 PM WHEC.com

Storms have been racking the Rochester area for the past week, and the rain has made it difficult for local farmers to do their jobs.

The owners at Gro-Moore Farms in Rush say they haven’t been able to get some of their tractors out in the fields for weeks.

“This past Monday we had about five inches of rain and another two and a half to three inches since then. It’s a lot of rain in a short period of time,” said Jack Moore.

Moore says he hasn’t been able to harvest his crops in weeks. The soil is too wet, and the draining systems are too slow to get all the water out. Moore says he’s avoiding taking his tractors out because he’s worried they’ll get stuck. He says crops like wheat and oats are some of the hardest hit, and they can’t be harvested until they dry out. But with more rain in the forecast, will operations at the farm come to a grinding halt?

“School is still out on that one. There is a long time to go between now and the end of harvest. My grandfather always said if you don’t like the weather, wait 30 days and it will change. We hope we get to some drier times, so we can get back to the fields and get some work done,” said Moore.

So will this setback affect you at home? Moore says probably not. He doesn’t anticipate that prices will go up for local foods or that there will be a shortage, but if the area sees too much more rain that could change.

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