Recent rains have been damaging crops growing on local farms

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Wednesday was a wet and dreary day in western Massachusetts. 

Heavy rain made it difficult on drivers and caused minor flooding in some areas. Recent rains have caused a lot of problems for Franklin County farms.

“Rain can cause problems for farms,” said Claire Morenon, CISA communications manager. “Obviously they need rain to grow crops, but too much rain can lead to increase disease pressure, it can make it harder to get equipment, and staff into fields.”

Too much rain can be just as bad as no rain at all. The Bars Farm in Deerfield is one of many Franklin County farms that have lost peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes on rainy days.

The Bars Farm Co-Owner Dean Landale told 22News some farms received more than  20 inches of rain over the past month.  

“Its way too much and a lot of the damage has already been done, with the rain earlier in the summer, said Landale.  “A lot of guys are losing winter squash and pumpkins and yeah it just hasn’t been a good year.”

Landale said they’ve had to send many of their workers home the past few weeks because of the rain. He said this summer was one of the best years for their corn crop. 

They hope to harvest more fall crops, like winter squash and pumpkins, over the next few weeks as long as the rain holds off. 

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