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Farmers Say Snow and Rain Causing Delays

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BRIDGEVILLE, De. - Spring officially arrived Thursday, and with it came the busy season for farmers. However, with all the snowfall this season, farmers said they are running into some challenges as they prepare. This winter season had many snow storms, which pushed back fertilization by a couple weeks, and kept farmers off of the fields. 

Kevin Evans from Evans' Farm said that their fertilization process for certain crops was pushed back by about 3 weeks due to the heavy snowfall. The official fertilization date in Delaware is Feb. 15, but due to all of this moisture on the ground, they weren't able to fertilize until March. 

"We're getting to that point," he said. "Where just like every year, we're getting to crunch time. We're a little concerned if the weather doesn't straighten out."

Evans said moisture and cold temperature is actually not a bad thing for farmers, saying that they need this during the winter months. But he said it becomes problematic come March, when they expect warmer air and less snowfall. 

"We'd like to see some 65s and 70s," he said. 

On top of the fertilization issue, the snow has also kept many farmers off of the fields, which is making their window for preparation smaller. Steve Saveikis works on the farm, and said he worked for about four days straight, getting the fertilization process underway. 

"We were three weeks behind starting off," he said. "But we were able to catch up. We were running across a lot of ground. And just made it happen." 

With April just weeks away, farmers said they are inching closer and closer to their start-date to begin growing crops. However with the potential for more snow next week, that could mean more struggles for farmers, hoping for some dryer, warmer weather. 

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