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In-Depth: Stokoe Farms feeling the impact of hot, dry weather

Alex Bielfeld
Created: June 29, 2021 05:38 PM

SCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Local farmers are dealing with the effects of the heat and dry weather.

Meteorologist Alex Bielfeld spoke with Suzanne Stokoe, the owner of Stokoe Farms to find out how they are dealing with the dry conditions.

"Pretty much all our crops here on the farm. From our Christmas trees, our pumpkins, our sunflowers," Stokoe said. "The main farm's cash crops: Corn, soybeans probably the most affected right now."

According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, southern Monroe County has been running one to three inches below average over the past three months, and generally between five to 10 inches below normal over the past year.

Suzanne said this lack of rain is taking a toll on the farm's newly planted Christmas trees.

"Probably the most things we have at risk are our small Christmas trees that we just planted this year because they don't have an established root system yet," Stokoe said. "The older trees tend to weather these conditions better. The pumpkins and the sunflowers, obviously they need rain."

For the farm's corn and soybean crop, Stokoe said it's too early to say if they will be impacted financially, but once the crop begins to bud, it will be too late for rain.

"Once the corn tassels or the soybeans flower, then it really becomes too late for the rain to come," Stokoe said. "We're still in a period where rain can help that."

Unfortunately, Stokoe said the farm is not suited for irrigation which means the farm will have to wait for rain. She also told News10NBC the drought out west will have an impact on the price of her cash crops when it is time to sell them.


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