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Permalink Farmers Adapting to Longer Growing Season and More Rain in Northeast

A Cornell University paper published in Climatic Change found that farmers in the Northeast are dealing with a climate that's getting warmer for a longer period of time each year and at the same time experiencing more extreme precipitation events. Although the longer frost-free period offers farmers a potential benefit, heavy rain events can offset the benefit by preventing field access for planting or harvest, and by contributing to the development and spread of plant diseases. A delay in planting can seriously affect the profitability of vegetable crops in particular, which are most valuable when they reach the market early.

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