By Kendra Sheehan Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — These past few months have been some of the wettest months in Syracuse’s history. This is causing area farmers to experience one of the worst growing seasons. Local farmer Otis Vezzose said this season is by far the most challenging.
“This is our first really bad year as far as getting in the going season, ’17 we had some rain but we could get stuff padded. But this year here just seems cold, miserable and you just can’t get (the plants) in,” said Vezzose.
Some farmers said they expect their income to be cut in half this year. They said several acres of land have flooded so much that they are virtually unusable. Much fewer crops will be available this year causing an increase in produce prices. The season has been so bad local farmers like Ben Paine have looked for other ways to stay profitable.
“We just kind of changed our plan, we’re looking to growing more fall crops now instead of the early beans and stuff, we’re going to go Brussels sprouts and stuff like that,” said Paine.
Paine said he is a sixth generation farming and he doesn’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon despite the horrible season. Many farmers are hopeful that Mother Nature turns things around and they finish the season strong.