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Crops Feeling the Effects of Sandy


EASTON, Md.- Just last week soy beans were healthy and ready for harvesting. But after Hurricane Sandy, it is going to be a while before farmers can continue to pick them.

"It brings the harvest to a total stop because the vines are too wet, the ground is too wet and I doubt very many will be picked at all this week on the Delmarva Peninsula even if we see sun and wind," said Greg Gannon of C.H. Gannon and Sons in Easton.

Gannon said soybeans will eventually be OK but the corn that is still up is nearly useless after the hurricane.

"There's very little corn still standing at this time but for those who still have it, it will be almost flat," Gannon said. "It's far harder on corn than soybeans than anything else when you have the high winds and heavy rain."

This is the time of year when farmers usually start planting their winter wheat. Gannon said that if farmers did not get it planted before the hurricane, they could be in trouble.

"Because of all the rain, right through Easton here I think we were one of the highest totals with 12.55 inches, so it's going to take some drying out before the soil is right to plant wheat again," said Gannon.

The only way to speed up the drying out process is with an abundance of sunshine.

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