Flooding impacting farmers fields, crop yields
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 22:26:25 GMT —
As flooding has forced several people from their homes in Central New York, local farmers are also feeling an impact, as streams and rivers of water have washed through fields.
At Humphreys Farm in New Hartford, soy beans, corn, hay, winter wheat and green beans have all been affected by the constant rains.
"Probably the last time it dried out was early last week, or the middle of last week, because Thursday we had three and a half inches of rain, then over the weekend we keep getting more," Brymer Humphreys from Humphreys Family Farm says.
The past few weeks, Humphreys has been unable to get out and work on his fields because of the constant rains. Getting equipment on the soaked fields has been a chore, as the wheels dig too deep in the soft soil, creating ruts. It has all added up to a major frustration for Humphreys.
"You're not able to do your job, you're supposed to be harvesting hay, you're supposed to be spraying crops for weeds or something like that, and you just can't do it...or even plant crops," Humphreys says.
One crop he has been unable to plant like normal is green beans, one of their top money-making yields each season. Ongoing rains have pushed back their planting days, and he says they should be planting that crop every day this time of year. That problem, combined with Oriskany Creek flooding onto the fields on Friday, wiped out what they say could be 70 percent of their green bean crop.
"It's a loss," Humphreys says. "Those fields will just be empty this year, and we grow about 700 acres of green beans. We've got less than half of that planted and we only have another two weeks to plant."
State and Federal agencies like the NYS Department of Agriculture and the USDA are working together to decided how to best help farmers like Humphreys, who have lost their crops.