Recent Flooding Rains Damage Crops

Flooding rains damage crops

Buffalo, NY -- It is a busy crop season, but it has also been a tricky one. 

At the Oles Family Farm in Alden, the flooding rains last Thursday caused significant damage to their shelling peas.

“That crop, we lost half of what was there,” Ben Oles, a farmer at the Oles Family Farm, said.  “We got 3 inches of rain in 3 hours.  That's why we do so many successional planting, so you don't rely on just one crop. We got four plantings of peas, 8 plantings of beans.  Lettuce, beets are planted every week.”

“We always say rather have less rain because you can always put it on, but can't take it off,” Evan Zittel, of Amos Zittel and Sons Farm, said.  Zittel says his future farm has seen some delays with harvesting some crops this year, and that keeping diseases away can be a challenge. 

“At one point we were probably a week and a half, two weeks behind…with the rain and how wet it can be there's potential for a lot of diseases,” Zittel said.

Some vegetable specialists say each farm can have their own challenges depending on their location. 

“Depends on where the farms are and soil type so that can get on with all this rain that we've had,” Darcy Telenko, Vegetable Specialist at Cooperative Extension Cornell Vegetable Program, said.

But there are some crops that do very well in wet conditions, like squash, cucumbers, cabbage and lettuce.

 “One thing might not like it but another thing thrives by it,” Oles said.  “Every year is different, this year we've had some ups and downs, but as of now we are all averaged out.”

Fall peas are now planted and should be ready for harvest in September.  And there are many vegetables about to be harvested like onions and cherry tomatoes.  Blueberries and cherries are in season right now.

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