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June 22, 2017

Maine’s cold spring delays some crops

Some crops have been delayed by the cold and wet spring, but are still expected to be abundant this year.

The Sun Journal reported that strawberries are usually ready for picking at this time of year, but are delayed. Apple trees had to be sprayed to protect them from fungus prompted by wet conditions. And tractors were having trouble with muddy fields. 

But with good June weather, farmers are expecting good volumes and quality.

“Now it’s super growing weather,” Ed Jillson of Jillson’s Farm in Sabattus told the newspaper.

Wet conditions are opposite those of last year’s drought, which harmed some of Maine’s most valuable crops, like broccoli, although farmers were still able to bring in good crops thanks to irrigation, and some crops came in earlier than usual due to warm weather. 

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