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Delayed farming season back on track

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - It was a wet start for farmers this season, so many crops were behind. But recently the weather has started to cooperate and things seem to be turning around.

For George Foster, farming is a family affair.

"My dad and his two brothers started it and it has now come to the second generation," Foster said.

Today, he runs Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury, where they plant 2,200 acres of crops. This season started out cold and rainy, but Foster says it has turned around.

"We got off to a slow start and now all we need is some intermittent showers," he said.

They've planted about 90 percent of their corn crop and and are working quickly to get the last of it in before the next round of rain.

"Now that we have some heat and the ground is warm the corn can be out of the ground in two days," Foster said.

His hay operation is also back on track. The recent dry stretch allowed the farm to make the first cut last Saturday.

"For the most part we are on schedule because generally the first part of July we are on our second cut," Foster said.

Foster also milks 700 head. And milk prices continue to soar. Some of the money he's making is spent on feed and supplies at Bordeau Brothers in Middlebury.

"Dairy farmers are far happier this year than in a long time," said Jim Bushey of Bordeau Brothers.

Bushey has seen dairy farmers putting the extra revenue to good use this year.

"Farmers have seen tremendous inflation the past few years and it has taken a toll on their ability to do a lot of things they need to. This has been a year when they've been able to get things done," he said.

At the Foster Brothers Farm one of these things is tiling. It's when large pipes are put under the fields to help drain. The added drainage allows the land to be more productive and more production means all of the hard work on and off the fields is paying off.
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