Drought Conditions

Drought Conditions

Drought stricken farm. Drought stricken farm.

July 29, 2016

The intense heat and sporadic rainfall are having a negative impact on farmers and ranchers; pockets of very dry conditions are popping up in some very unusual spots. Parts of the northeast are experiencing drought-like conditions for the first time in decades.

One of the many farms that this drought is affecting is the J DeFrancesco & Son Farm in Northford, Connecticut. The family is using drip irrigation and is having to water crops at least three times per week, which is triple the normal amount.

Joe DeFrancesco has been having one of the hardest summers in a while. "Well, this summer I think it has been about the worst it has been in probably about 10 years," said DeFrancesco.

Despite the challenges reported by suppliers such as DeFrancesco, grocers in the area report experiencing only minimal disruption to their supply. Jeremy Whitney, the West Center Market Manager said, "Things like corn and peppers that are supplied locally we occasionally get shorted on, but, for the most part, they do a good job or fulfilling their side, so we do not get shorted too much."

Stay updated on the weather during the Market Day Report, every weekday morning. 

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