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Nearly washed out: Steady rain, gray skies pose economic hardship for farmers

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Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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THIS BRIDPORT CORNFIELD, complete with ponding water, is typical of many throughout Addison County. A wet, cloudy summer has made it difficult for farmers to get into the fields. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

ADDISON COUNTY — Nearly constant rain and cool weather has set Addison County farmers on their heels this summer.

Hay quality is down. Corn is struggling.

Many cornfields were never even planted because the ground was too wet to get tilling and planting machinery onto the land. And now in some spots acres of weeds — not corn — stand towering over the nubs of last year’s stalks.

“It’s an ugly year; that’s all,” said Rico Balzano, Agronomy Outreach Professional at the UVM Extension office in Middlebury.

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