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Deep Freeze 2014 delays Valley farming

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CANFIELD, Ohio -  The effects of Deep Freeze 2014 may delay Valley farming.

This time last year, Carl Angiuli, of Angiuli's Farm Market and Greenhouse in Canfield, was only 10 days from planting his first sweet corn crop of the season. The year before, the crop was already in the ground.

But this year, the weather has forced him to wait.

"Some of the ground, was up until last week, was still frozen," said Angiuli.

The freezing temperatures that started back in November, and continued through the winter locked in moisture, leaving soil too wet and too cold for farmers across Ohio to plant.

"I'm sure it froze deeper than we've seen in quite awhile," said Ohio State University Extension Educator Eric Barrett. "Especially, we had a low of seven degrees just a week ago and that's really tough on our spring conditions."

Conditions that will most likely delay crops like lettuce, cabbage and broccoli by two or three weeks, said Barrett.

And making it a close call on whether a summer time favorite- sweet corn- will be ready to enjoy by the Fourth of July.

"It's not too late yet, we could possibly still hit that window this year," said Angiuli.

It's not all bad news though, the cold winter could also have it's perks. Angiuli is hopeful that because of the weather, that this years bug population won't be as damaging to his crops.

 

 

 

 

 

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