Dairy farmers, feed producers reeling after months of downpours

Dairy farmers, feed producers reeling after months of downpours

Dairy farmers, feed producers reeling after months of downpours
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April and May, usually the months when farmers are really kicking into seasonal gear, brought with them a wave of rainfall that soaked farms across the state in spurts and often made field work almost impossible.In May alone, New York farmers reported only 11 full days with workable weather, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported at the time. April and May, usually the months when farmers are really kicking into seasonal gear, brought with them a wave of rainfall that soaked farms across the state in spurts and often made field work almost impossible.In May alone, New York farmers reported only 11 full days with workable weather, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported at the time. For dairy farmers, who in recent years have been hemorrhaging cash due to stagnating milk prices and an uptick in exports from European producers, the onslaught of rain couldn’t come at a worse time — especially after last year’s historic drought. […] that too has been difficult. […] far this year the rain has kept him mostly out of the field, leaving his hay uncut and unprepared for baling…….

Source: Dairy farmers, feed producers reeling after months of downpours – Times Union

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