EAST LYME, Connecticut (WTNH) – Farming is a tough business anyway, let alone when Mother Nature is having fun with the crops.
“It will be just one of those years when he [has] been a struggle, ”said Karen Scott, who, along with her husband Tom, owns Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme.
For them, it was the winds of tropical storm Elsa that blew over the pepper trees.
“It exposed the peppers themselves,” Scott said.
They staked the plants to keep them upright, but for some sunburnt peppers it was too late.
“Especially on this plant, we will never be able to sell it even if we leave it on the plant because now that has made this section soft,” Scott said.
Scott buys his winter squash at Reichle Farms in East Windsor, where the owner told News 8 recent heavy rains have taken their toll on their crops.
“Whole fields looked like a pond or a lake,” Scott said.
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Sarah Reichle posted photos on Facebook. A field of winter squash of more than five acres has been completely lost.
“If that rainwater stays on too long, it’s just going to kill the plant,” Scott said.
In the spring, it was the lack of rain that caused problems at East Lyme. This is because the herbicides applied by the Scots did not seep into the soil, so there was a lot of grass growing and stunting a whole section of corn.
The Scots also believe that a black bear who recently visited a nearby neighbor was the culprit who ate most of their first crop of sweet corn.
“It’s completely shelled and pretty well eaten,” Scott said, showing News 8 a nearly completely eaten cob of corn.
You can see many more scattered along the trampled plants. Her husband picked about six bushels of corn. The bear got more.
“My son felt that we probably should have picked about… we should pick about 50 and we’ll never pick that many,” Scott said. “Never.”
For now, their sweet corn has to come from another farm in Connecticut.