Hudson Valley's Tributary Farm says storms Henri and Ida caused 30 percent crop loss

US farms continue the struggle despite floodings and storm damage

A week after two tropical depressions dumped heavy rain and caused flash flooding in parts of the Hudson Valley, regional farmers they’re trying to remain optimistic about finishing out their growing season and fall harvest.

Over two days, tropical depression Henri dumped between 3 and 4.9 inches of rain on Ulster County. One week later, remnants of hurricane Ida brought record-breaking rainfall to the Hudson Valley. Michael Schlacter, a climatologist and meteorologist from the Lower Hudson Valley, claims that’s about one month’s worth of rain with each storm.

On Sunday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed an expedited request for a major disaster declaration, applying for federal money to help with the recovery effort. On Tuesday, president Biden surveyed storm damage in New York and New Jersey.

Some farms estimate they lost around 30 percent of crops between the two rainfall events, which is about two percent loss for the entire year. Another concern is the vegetables not being as healthy as they could be considering the fertilizer being washed out from the rain.


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