Northeast dairy farmers challenged by rainy, cool spring
The wet conditions in previous weeks had prevented them from driving equipment onto fields to plant crops or cut hay, which means some dairy farmers may need to buy supplemental feed for their cows. New Hampshire farmers are facing similar challenges, following a year in which a long-running drought prompted the state legislature to pass a measure providing $2 million in emergency funding for the dairy farmers hurt by the dry conditions. Farmers in New Hampshire reported having trouble getting equipment into their fields and were keeping warm weather crops in greenhouse longer before they were being transferred outdoors. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service concluded last week that hay fields in New York have started to finally dry out and farmers worked around wet, rutted areas, the service said. Vermont dairy farmer Rosina Wallace acknowledged things are looking up as she lamented that the wet spring kept her from spreading manure on her hay crop, which she said won’t be as good as it could be…….