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‘Million dollar rains’ boost most crops

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Most corn crops are tall and lush this summer in Middlesex.

by Tom Chillemi

Realtors say the three most important factors for property value are “location, location, location.”

It turns out that’s also true for farmers this season, especially if they planted corn, which is very dependent on rain.

Most of Middlesex County got plenty of rain this summer. “We were extremely lucky to have gotten rain when drought conditions were imminent,” said David Moore, Cooperative Extension agent for Middlesex. “Some folks called those ‘million dollar rains.’ ”

It’s been a pretty good vegetable and hay year, too, Moore said. “It doesn’t happen real often that most crops are average to above average.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 08.13.2014

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