Corn crop down, prices up for 4th of July

July 02, 2019 01:52 PM

HOOSICK - A three-acre field at Grandview Farm looks sad. It's supposed to be a corn crop, but it is nowhere near "knee high by the Fourth of July" as the saying goes. Instead, "it's struggling," says farmer Tim Marbot.

"Some of the fields were too wet to even plant," Marbot said, adding, "I think it rained 50 days in May and June so it was very hard to get the window to plant."

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The Farm Bureau says this is not unique to New York. The cooler temperatures and wet weather are not good for corn or soybeans, a lot of crops.

"A lot of acres didn't get planted, but it's also nationwide," Marbot said.

A visit to Engel's Acres in Brunswick shows they have none of their own corn and say it's about a week behind schedule. They do have their own lettuce, cucumbers, pickles, peas and patty pan squash.

Marbot added: "I expect this crop to be a little more profitable this year while on the other hand we planted only half. We only planted 300 acres instead of the six we targeted. I don't know any farmer in the area that planted 100 percent of what he intended to plant."


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