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Rain is causing worries for Capital Region farmers

New York’s Capital Region has seen measurable rain almost every day so far this month, along with several severe storms. After Wednesday’s storm dumped more than four inches of rain, Rensselaer County remains in a State of Emergency. All in all, the rain is causing much concern for local farmers.

“The ground is so saturated with water now that the roots and a lot of plants - tomatoes, peppers, those type of things - are getting drowned out at this point,” said Kenneth Johnson, co-owner and operator of Kristy’s Barn in Schodack. “Raspberries have taken a real hit for us especially the red raspberries, summer raspberries,” Johnson told “They have so much moisture in them that they actually swell up in size.”

“We could be looking at thousands of dollars. It all depends on whether or not we can keep the fruit crops - the tomatoes and the peaches, the apples - if we can keep them healthy and keep the fungus from culminating on the fruit,” said Johnson. “If we can’t, three or four weeks from now, we will see a lot of the fruit rots, so it could easily be thousands of dollars on our small farm.”

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