crops

New York News
8:04 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Good start lets NY crops ward off drought in 2012

Credit USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service

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.

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New York News
7:04 am
Mon June 4, 2012

NY Says Apple Crop is Hurt, Aid Sought for Farmers

New York legislators say the state's important apple crop took a beating this spring.

Lawmakers are proposing the Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act. They say apple growers have lost as much as 75 percent of this year's crop, a major commodity in New York.

Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, George Amedore and Pete Lopez are joining in the measure with Senators Hugh Farley and Patty Ritchie, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

The Republicans say New York is the second largest apple growing state with 694 farms that employ more than 10,000 people.

New York News
7:36 am
Mon March 26, 2012

NY Growers Worry about Buds as Temperature Plunges

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.

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