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Farmers troubled by rain

LeRoy, N.Y. It has been a headache of a year for farmers. Recently, the rainy weather has been troubling.

We gamble every single day with the weather so all we can do is, when we can go, we hammer down and go, said Dan Stella, 33, of Pagen Farm in LeRoy.

This past week, the area got a months worth of rain in a week. This after farmers already got off to a late start because of the frost,

The Stella family has been running Pagen Farm since 1959. Their main focus is on dairy but they have 700 acres for crops.

Stella has been keeping a close watch over his hay. When you get it over to the bottom that's where it was kind of sopping wet.

He said the farm cut some on Saturday, but they were again disappointed by the rain.

When we cut it we don't like to get rained off, said Stella. It's not the end of the world, but it'll take a little longer for us to dry down so we can get it to where we need to chop it.

If it gets too wet, the farm could end up losing the crop meaning all of their hard work who go down the drain.

You can actually get mold growing down underneath and when you go in and cut it and chop it and the mold goes in your bunk you can contaminate your whole pile of feed, he said.

The equipment is also more likely to break in these wet conditions.

We can't do much about it, said Stella. All we can do is, when we get a window, we work three times as hard to try to get it done.

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Washington Times