Record rainfall, flash flooding, high winds and cooler than normal temperatures from March 1 to June 1 hit New York farmers especially hard. To offer relief from damages and losses suffered, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency is offering low-interest emergency loans to farm operators who meet eligibility requirements.
The Northeast area of the country had a wetter spring than usual, said Dean Norton, president of the New York Farm Bureau. Western New York and the Finger Lakes region were especially affected. The Rochester area had record rainfall in April, with more than 5.4 inches.
“Crop production was less because farmers weren’t able to get out into the field,” he said.