Climate Change Impacting Central New York Farmers
Whether you believe in the whole global warming thing or not, there is a definite change in the North East climate. And it's having an impact on Central New York Farmers.
In an article from Cornell University, researchers say the growing season has been getting longer. On the surface, that would seem like a good thing. But the study says the last spring frost keeps coming earlier each year, which creates more rainfall just as farmers are getting ready to hit the field.
Vegetable growers may be seeing the harshest result of this climate change. Obviously the later a crop gets planted, the later it gets harvested. In the case of vegetables, that means missing the market at it's peak time.
The research also indicates the increased spring rains adds to disease problems for the plant and the fruit it bears. Read more on the article at Cornell's website.
SOURCE: Cornell Cooperative Extension