Agriculture, Consumer

New York Farm Show Gives Farmers Hope for Spring

The 2015 New York Farm Show offered a place for farmers to get together and discuss solutions for the difficult season.

by Becca Southmayd, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- It is no secret that is has been a brutally cold winter, and local farmers are worried this could affect their spring crops.

There is so much ice and snow on the grounds it may not dry up in time to plant the spring crops, according to local crop farmer, Rob Hill.

“It is very stressful because timing is very important when it comes to growing crops,” Hill said.

Not only has the weather been poor, but milk prices have also dropped significantly, several farmers at the Farm Show said on Thursday.

“When dairy is suffering we usually see it suffer through other commodities in New York agriculture,” Farm Bureau Field Advisor, Lindsay Wickham warned.

This year the dairy problem is effecting input costs of planting spring crops. The farmers are making less money from milk, but are expected to pay just as much for fertilizer and grain to plant for the upcoming season according to Farm Bureau President, Harvey Skeele.

For consumers, this means seeing less local produce on the shelves along with higher prices, Wikham said.

The 2015 New York Farm Show fell during an opportune time for farmers.

“It gives us a chance to see the latest technology and talk to other farmers and see what they’re dealing with and how they’re dealing with it,” Hill said, “so this show is very important to us.”

The Farm Show will continue through Saturday, February 28th until 4:00 p.m. at the New York State Fairgrounds.