Maine Farmers Say Some Crops Helped by Dry, Warm Conditions

August 9, 2016 09:30 PM

PORTLAND, Maine  — Dry conditions resulting from a drought in southern Maine have been both beneficial and harmful for farmers' crops.

Farmers tell The Portland Press Herald crops are coming in sooner because of warm temperatures, but they've struggled to keep up with irrigation and worry about when thunderstorms will come.

Others say they've had productive fields, but have struggled with keeping some crops hydrated. Crops including cauliflower and broccoli are especially vulnerable.

The National Drought Monitor says the state's southern half is experiencing abnormally dry conditions or worse. The National Weather Service says precipitation in much of Maine has been well below normal since April.

Experts say the boundary between moist and dry air that fuels thunderstorm activity hasn't made its way to the New England area as often as usual.

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