SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) - Our lack of rainfall has translated into higher costs for farmers.
Occasional dry spells are expected, but long term dry weather adds up.
At Calabrese Farms in Southwick, owner Tom Calabrese has had to water crops like rhubarb, strawberries, and asparagus.
Luckily he's held off on planting a lot of his other plants due to some cooler temperatures earlier in spring, that has reduced some of the costs from irrigation, but it's still been expensive.
Now that the rain has come, he'll be able to stop watering for a little while.
"We could take it easy for at least five to six days probably, depending on how hot the sun is or if it gets really windy and it depends what you're planting too," Calabrese said.
Calabrese told 22news he's hoping for at least an inch and a half through Saturday, but doesn't want rain on Sunday because of the big business that mothers day brings for the plants he sells.
Judging by some of the rain that's come through I imagine many farmers can turn off the pipes.