Local Farmer's Fear Floods and Cold More Than Drought This Year

If anyone's keeping an eye on the weather, it's local farmers and what a difference a year makes. Last season the biggest concern was the drought, and now flooding.

Farmers aren't worried about another summer drought yet. They're just trying to make it through spring and so far, it hasn't been easy.

This unpredictable weather has delayed some farmers from planting corn and other crops. 23 News caught up with a local vegetable farmer at Harrison Market Gardens.

She tells us there's plenty of moisture in the ground from flooding. But that's cost her many of her vegetables and money.

"This year I'm finding it more frustrating. One thing, we planted 18,000 onions by hand and they all died. The combination of cold wet ground caused a, I'm assuming a fungus," said Jill Beyer.

Buyer says some crops like tomatoes will be smaller than usual, since they were planted later. But she makes sure her customers are aware of that risk when they come to pick vegetables.

We're told some vegetables like sweet potatoes can handle dry weather. They have to be planted in hot dry temperatures. But some farmers hope the heavy rain we've had will keep their crops safe.

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