Farmers working double-time to keep up with rain deficit

EDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Most of Western New York is looking a little dry after a rain deficit. Local farmers are working double-time trying to keep crops watered with irrigation systems and water guns.

Zittel Farms in Eden says because of the lack of rain, they’ve lost some of their crops, but the damage is limited.

Mark Zittel, co-owner of Zittel Farms, said, “Right now we are watering 24/7, we’re almost at the maximum amount of watering that we could be doing right now.”

Zittel says his farm has multiple water sources, but natural rain makes his job a whole lot easier.

“We are at such a deficit right now, it would take 2 inches of rain over a 48 hour period to really soak in, it would give us the weekend off.”, said Zittel.

If you’re not tending to a crop – experts say you should avoid cutting your grass during a drought or dry-spell, because it will only cause more harm.
If you happen to have a mini-garden at home, Zittel has a suggestion.

“If you are watering your tomatoes or cucumbers, you only want to water the roots, you want to keep the foliage dry, because if it’s wet all night, that can promote diseases, the roots take the water in, so only water the roots if you can.”, said Zittel. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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