Constant rains hit local crops hard
For the past month, rain has been ruining beach days and spoiling outings for many New Yorkers, but for some Long Island farmers, there is much more at stake.
Phil Schmitt, owner of Schmitt Farms in Riverhead, says the rain has been horrible for his farm. Schmitt and other local farmers say while some of their crops have survived the stormy weather, their entire planting schedule has been thrown off. He says corn and tomatoes might be late this year, and there could be some days when he will not be able to harvest anything.
Grapes, however, do not seem to mind the rain, at least for now. Richard Pisacano, from Roanoke Vineyards, says his grapes are still in the flowering stage, so the main thing is to keep them dry.