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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.

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

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