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Fair Weather Farming

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SALISBURY, Md - Farm fresh produce by the bagful. You might be able to get it. But not as soon as you'd probably like.

"It's been very wet, so a lot of people with field crops have yet to be able to plant," said Brent Malone, owner of "How Sweet It Is" produce market.

From large crops to garden variety peas, weather slowed the start of the spring growing season.  Like corn, which is only about sixty percent planted.

"We had a lot of unsettled weather in the last couple of weeks," said WMDT's Meteorologist Stephanie Allison.  "What happened is that we had a lot of rain in a compact period of time. Hopefully we'll get out of this pattern soon, but it's certainly something the spring season brings."

But there are a few rays of sunshine - strawberries appear to be flourishing under these conditions.  And in terms of our cash crops?  Some farmers are optimistic that this year's corn crop could *still* be ready for harvesting by the first of September as usual, but the timeline is getting tight.

"People need to get that in now because it takes a certain amount of time for corn to mature," Malone said.     
     
And if you're hanging on to your gardening gloves with baited breath, waiting for the weather to get consistently warmer, the outlook isn't too gloomy.

"There's still plenty of time to get your vegetables in," Malone said.

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