Closings & delays

Maryland farmers looking for more rain


Dry weather is stressing some Maryland crops. The USDA’s weekly “Weather & Crops” report says, “The spotty showers have not offered any significant amount of rain.” Scarce rain has slowed development of the second hay cutting. Fifty-three percent of pastures are in “poor” to “very poor” condition, and farmers are feeding hay to livestock. Veggies look good, but the corn needs rain, and 79 percent of the state’s topsoil and subsoil is rated “short” or “very short” of moisture.

(SUN PHOTO: Tasha Treadwell, 2009)

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