How has this unusual spring affected area farmers?

Dry weather hasn't been so bad for planting

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GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – This fairly dry spring that we have had here in western Massachusetts may not be as bad as you think for area farmers. In fact, at this phase in the season, many of them are enjoying the drier weather.

22News spoke Friday morning with Sarah Voiland of Red Fire Farm in Granby. She told 22News that because they have to till the land with tractors during planting season, it is better to have the soil somewhat dry.

“If it’s really wet, then it’s not good for the soil structure, and it’s hard for us to make the beds look really nice for planting,” Voiland said.

They do not want things to be too dry, however, so Voiland said she was pleased that they received some rain recently.

Because we have seen frost, and even a little bit of snow this month, they are currently only growing heartier vegetables. Those include onions, shallots, greens such as spinach, broccoli, and cabbages. More tender vegetables will have to be planted once the risk of frost goes down.

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