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Wineries and Farms Concerned About Their Crops



    New England's mild winter and abnormal spring has caused crop concerns for many (Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014)

    (NECN: Kristen Doucet) - No one depends on the weather more than farmers.

    The mild winter and the abnormal spring has caused crop concerns for many.

    The Nicewicz Family Farm in Bolton, Mass. says they have never seen a spring like this one, especially when it comes to rain.

    "I think we're about 7-8 inches behind the moisture content already and there's no rain in sight," said Alan Nicewicz.

    Nicewicz says another concern are their fruit trees - the weather has caused them to bloom a month ahead of time - and says they won't see the full impact of the weather swings until fruit begins to grow.

    "We have cut some blossoms open and usually inside if they are really bad, it will be black inside," said Nicewicz. "Some of them were, some of them weren't."

    The Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, Mass. is experiencing similar concerns.

    Owner Richard Pelletier says with buds on the vines beginning to swell, he's hoping that temperatures don't fall too low.

    "The likelihood of it happening is probably greater than the likelihood of it not happening, especially with the crazy swing of weather that we have been experiencing," said Pelletier.

    Pelletier says after the warmer temperatures accelerated the crops, the more seasonable temperatures as of late have slowed things down.

    He says this is fortunate for the winery's fall apple picking season.

    "I think if we continued that trend of 70 degree weather beginning in early March all the way through today, we'd be wondering what we do with apples that'd be ready to pick in July," said Pelletier.