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Recent weather hurting local crops

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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – Recent heavy rainfall is hurting Capital Region farms with corn and hay being the hardest hit crops.

"It used to be a person would give an arm or leg for ground near a river, now they're looking more toward higher hills," Farmer Chris Webb said.

Gold Krest Farm in East Greenbush is under water. Corn is drowning in its own roots. The farm stand shelves sit almost empty.

"He's done some trenching to get the level down, but there are only so many places for the water to go," Susan Webb said about Chris's efforts.

The levels were so high at one point, they could actually fish out of them.

The Webbs also haven't been able to get to their hay fields because the roads are too wet and the hay is too soaked to bale from all the rain.

"Right now I'm in bankruptcy over this whole thing," Chris said.

He said he even had to sell some farm equipment to cover the bills.

"We've had some tough years, but this is ridiculous. We've got 1/3 of crop in, I think, and some of that isn't even any good," he said.

Senator Charles Schumer recently highlighted the importance of the passage of the farm bill especially now after all these storms.

"It says, again, god forbid if there is a huge storm like yesterday or a drought or hail for apples, that the federal government will sell you insurance to stay in business instead of going out of business," Chris said.

But he said he isn't feeling much support, if any, from certain government agencies.

"It would be nice if they backed the farmers a little bit. We had a thing with insurance back a few years and it took us four years and not one person would help us with it."

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