CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The drought is almost completely over for western Massachusetts, but last year at this time, farmers’ fields were very dry.
“It was scary for a while there. We have the facilities to irrigate and we can but it’s most more costly much more time consuming and it was a strange year since I can remember in the 60’s when I was in high school,” said Tom Calabrese of Calabrese Farms in Southwick.
Fortunately things are much better now. The snow and rain that we’ve been getting this spring has been very beneficial. So far for the month of April we’ve picked up more than 3.5 inches of rain.
According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor our long lasting drought has pretty much come to an end. Just a small part of Southwick remains in “moderate drought” and parts of eastern Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties are classified as being abnormally dry.
“The rain’s been helping but we need a little bit more because we’re so far behind from last year. I think it’s going to be a two year project just to catch up because my irrigation pond just started to fill up a little bit from last year,” said Calabrese.
“Although, I miss the sun a little bit, it does get a little depressing. But we know we need the rain more than we need anything else at this point. I think it’s been very good for us and hopefully we’ll get a little bit more to be honest with you,” said Joel Leavitt of Agawam.
The rain is definitely helping the trees to bud and the grass to grow and things are looking pretty green.
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