GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s something we haven’t had much of lately; rain.
The state has been under a drought watch since early July. The Pioneer Valley has seen less than 20 inches of rainfall all year, about five less than what’s expected. More rain would help gardeners in Franklin County who have been struggling with the ongoing drought.
“It’s been hard to keep my plants alive and thriving with the drought,” said Kerrita Mayfield of Millers Falls. “I’m super excited to not to go out and water my plants and hopefully my plants will soon be doing better.”
Farmers in Franklin County have also had there fair share of struggles. Atlas Farms in South Deerfield covers about 100 acres of land. 22News found out that less rainfall has been making it more expensive for the farm to keep up with their crops.
Brad Dana, Inventory Manager at Atlas Farms told 22News,”We were getting into a danger zone, and last week and this week the little rain we’ve gotten has helped solidify things in terms of us feeling safe with our crops that are coming in and the status of the farm.”
Dana said that they’ve had the added expense of irrigating their crops. The number of greens, turnips, and radishes have suffered because of the drought. The drought has also made it difficult for farms with livestock who count on healthy grass.
However, the drought hasn’t been all bad. Dana said some fall crops, like tomatoes, that don’t need as much rain are doing better.
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