• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
47s

Rain, lack of sun a problem for Fairbanks growers

By Associated Press 6:47 PM July 5, 2014
FAIRBANKS –

Fairbanks area farmers say extensive rains and a lack of heat and sunshine have made for one of the worst growing seasons.

Farmers say record rainfalls over the past two weeks have saturated crops and stunted plant growth. More than 6 1/2 inches of rain has fallen in Fairbanks since June 18.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1qz834g ) farmers are also complaining of flooded fields that make it difficult to use machinery.

Warm-weather crops such as zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and green beans have been especially affected.

On the upside, farmers said crops that like wet weather – such as bok choy, spinach, Swiss chard and lettuce – are thriving.

And things could soon turn around: the forecast for this weekend shows temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.

___

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Latest Stories

  • News

    Mao Tosi discusses new group formed to address violence in Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 04, 7:38

    Concerned Anchorage residents recently created a group to address violence in the community. They call the group We Are Anchorage, and they want to let people know the city’s recent shootings are not what Anchorage is all about.

  • News

    Classes cancelled for four Mat-Su Valley schools

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 04, 6:41

    Classes were cancelled at four schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Wednesday because of icy road conditions, officials say. The closed schools include: Willow Elementary School, Talkeetna Elementary School, Trapper Creek Elementary School and the Su-Valley Junior/Senior High School. All other schools are still open. If students attend a non-traditional Mat-Su school, the district says […]

  • News

    Funding cuts threaten Alaskan nonprofits

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 03, 22:48

    Alaska’s safety-net agencies are there to help residents during the hardest of times, but now they face a crisis of their own. Every year, the Department of Health and Social Services awards community matching grants to Alaskan nonprofits. Those funds are set to be downsized dramatically by the House Finance committee on Thursday. If they are, […]

  • News

    Anchorage proposes sale of Solid Waste Services’ collection unit

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 03, 22:10

    The Municipality of Anchorage is proposing to sell the collections division of Solid Waste Services (SWS). A resolution was introduced on behalf of Mayor Dan Sullivan at Tuesday night’s Anchorage Assembly meeting. Assemblyman Paul Honeman said the idea needs to be analyzed to make sure it’s in the best interest of the rate payer. “We […]

  • Politics

    Daylight saving time bill springs forward

    by Associated Press on Mar 03, 21:40

    A Senate committee has advanced legislation that would eliminate daylight saving time and allow for consideration of another time zone in Alaska. The bill would exempt Alaskans from advancing their clocks each spring. It would also direct the governor to ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to consider moving part or all of Alaska to […]

  • News

    Valdez police teach residents safety preparedness

    by Jacquie Slater on Mar 03, 21:20

    The Valdez Police Department says their community is ready should an active shooter ever take aim at their city. Back in May of 2013, the department trained in a program called ALICE — which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. The program’s founder, Greg Crane, says it is designed to be a proactive […]

  • News

    Adjustable desks help Anchorage architecture firm improve employees’ health

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 03, 19:29

    One look inside KPB Architects’ new space and it’s evident it’s not your average office. Employees aren’t just standing around; they’re standing at their desks. “I’d say about 80 percent of the day I stand and work,” said interior designer Alisha Weiss. Every workstation has an adjustable table that raises and lowers so employees aren’t […]

  • News

    Anchorage food pantry reopens its doors after closing for a month

    by Dave Leval on Mar 03, 19:24

    Jade Ransom lined up for several hours before she could buy groceries. She is not alone as several dozen people waited outside the New Hope on the Last Frontier church on E Street, near downtown Anchorage, on Tuesday morning. Ransom and others have been waiting for the church’s pantry to reopen its doors since Feb. […]