The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain in late summer and early fall of 2012 helped save crops in most of the state.
The USDA says production of grain corn, soybeans, wheat and oat crops all increased from the previous year. Soybeans were estimated at a record high 14.4 million bushels, 20 percent more than was harvested in 2011.
Upstate New York growers are watching fruit trees anxiously as a strong cold front sweeps through the region, bringing frost that could damage buds. WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports…
Many fruit trees have started to bud as much as four weeks ahead of schedule because of the unusual warmth in recent weeks.
Wayne County orchard owner Stephanie Craft tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that she and her husband Gary won't be able to sleep Monday night. The temperature is expected to drop to about 23 degrees.