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Dry stretch hurts farmers

Lack of rain affecting crops as they reach critical stage of season

Clark Dahlia Gardens & Greenhouses in Ballston Spa have a spotty crop of blueberries due to drought.
Clark Dahlia Gardens & Greenhouses in Ballston Spa have a spotty crop of blueberries due to drought.
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Cooper’s Ark Farm is sitting high and dry. “We’ve got plenty of animals here, but no water,” Phil Metzger, owner of the Schoharie-based agritourism destination, said. Metzger’s three duck ponds have all dried up, and the pastures where calves and goats graze have turned brittle and brown. Although he doesn’t have fields of vegetables to worry about watering, the dry weather has caused his income to wilt. “We’ve had very little business during the last ...

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