UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – A wet rainy summer might be disappointing to some but it can be detrimental to local farmers and their crops.
“We have 30-40% damage, out there in the field,” Joe Juliano of Juliano Farms said.
Juliano is one of the lucky ones. Despite the large amount of damage done to his crops he is confident that there is enough to keep his two farm markets stocked, other farmers he says aren’t so lucky.
“There’s a lot of other farmers out there with a lot of acreages that are suffering worse than we are,” Juliano said. “The more acreage you have this year the harder it is on you. You know we’re lucky we just grow for ourselves, I’m glad I don’t have a lot of stuff planted this year like I normally do.”
This past July was one of the wettest on record for Upstate New York and Central New York, with some places seeing five to nine inches of rain. Crop season is in full swing right now and the damage done by the weather is irreversible. Most vine crops don’t take kindly to water, corn production is well underway, and farmers are picking peppers and beans, with tomato season starting in a few days.
“Supplies are a little short because of the weather,” Juliano said. “It’s not an abundance as it usually is and we have to just get through it that’s all.”