NJ Farmers Anxious After March Rain
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
New Jersey farmers are anxious to see what the impact of the wettest March on record will be on the upcoming planting season. Farmers and agricultural officials say the next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether this year will yield successful summer crops.
State climatologist David Robinson says rainfall totals in New Jersey have exceeded all previous state records that have been kept since 1895. Robinson says farmers are dealing with muddy fields and elevated water tables as they prepare to plant in the coming weeks. Any more rain could delay or hinder early April planting. Also, melting snow from the unusually stormy winter has made soil temperatures colder than they need to be for planting.