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Farmers cast wary eyes on the weather

March 19, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — All that sun and July-like temperatures had a lot of people out in T-shirts and even shorts last weekend despite spring not even starting until today.

For some of them, it was time to start preparing for the farming season, as crops like garlic planted last fall are coming up early. But, since this is New England, few of those agrarians are not yet willing to bet on the possibility of no more frost.

"There are two issues with this weather," observed Brad Mitchell of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau. "One thing looks good; one's a concern. We're concerned about the lack of water because of the lack of snow. But if we can extend the season at either end [because of warmth], that's a good thing."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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