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County farmers struggle with endless rain

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Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT



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ROWS OF CORN stand submerged in high water on a Middlebury farm Wednesday morning. Local feed crops are suffering from the heavy rains this spring and summer and farmers fear they could have trouble feeding livestock in the coming year. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

ADDISON COUNTY — The almost daily occurrence of torrential downpours that many have grown accustomed to over the past several weeks has done worse than dampen the spirits of those who hoped for a sunny summer.

The rain is wreaking havoc on area feed growers by delaying the cutting of the second hay crop, preventing corn planting, and preventing existing crops from having proper nutrients due to flooding and the inability to spread manure, says Jeff Carter, agronomy specialist at UVM Extension in Middlebury.

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