CLEVELAND -- Northeast Ohio fruit growers whose fields were flooded by rain last year say their crops are threatened by the opposite conditions this year, with a forecast dominated by dry weather.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that's threatening berries and could hurt later harvests of crops such as apples, peaches and pumpkins. The National Weather Service says the area is 3 inches short of its usual precipitation level by early June.
Farmers who use ponds to irrigate their crops say their water sources are being depleted. Those who rely on rain are finding other ways to nourish plants.
One small farm in rural Amherst asked hundreds of email subscribers to help water plants by hand to save blueberries. Families helped out Wednesday by watering bushes and picking ripe fruit.
The Associated Press