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Wet spring could create problems for local farmers

Many people are choosing to wait to get flowers; they can't put them in the ground yet with of all the rain.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — This wet spring could have an impact on farmers and local businesses.

"It’s been rough because you can’t go and plant in the ground, it’s too wet," said Bill Zittel of Zittel's Country Market.

Zittel says the ground is too saturated, which could create some delays for farmers and gardeners, especially those who are trying to grow corn.

"We aren’t getting any growth. The ground is not warming up because we don’t have any sunshine," Zittel said.

Zittel's Country Market in Hamburg is usually a hot spot to get flowers on Mother's Day, but on Sunday it was quiet.

Patrick Spoth, the owner of Kelkenberg Farm in Clarence Center, says they will be planting soon. He is hoping things dry out so they won't be delayed.

"For us, our farm we plant a lot of pumpkins the first week of June, it hasn’t affected us real bad yet. But if you’re a dairy farmer that has a thousand acres of corn to put in, that should be like 90 percent in the ground right now. A lot of the farmers you talk to haven’t pulled the tractor out of the barn yet" said Spoth.

Experts say despite the cold weather and rain, once things warm up and dry out, things should get back on track.

"Spring will come here eventually but we might have to be a little more patient this year," Zittel said.


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