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Rain shortens Vt. strawberry season, floods crops

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By LISA RATHKE
Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The onslaught of rain this spring and summer has shortened Vermont's strawberry season, flooded some corn and left farmers scrambling to cut hay before the next round of rainfall.

Sun has been scarce as record rains have fallen in parts of Vermont. Burlington had its wettest consecutive months in May and June, and Montpelier set a record for June rainfall.

The Charlotte Berry Farm lost two of its three strawberry fields in the wet weather.

By this time last year, Sam Mazza's farm in Colchester had green beans and baby red potatoes. This year, the crops are surviving in the wet soil but not thriving.

Around the state, dairy farmers are struggling to cut hay in between rains and in muddy fields.

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