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Smith Farms Staying Positive through Drought

Emily Smith, 6th Generation Farmer & President of Smith Farms Inc. is staying positive about her crop.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 9:55 AM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -The drought and heat of this summer have impacted backyard gardens, as well as big farms across Aroostook County. We talked with Smith Farms this week and how they are fighting the record drought and heat we have seen this summer so far.

Since May 1st to yesterday, July 30th, Caribou has received 6.27 inches of precipitation. 2nd Driest period on record for those 90 days, dating back to 1939 when records began. The 30-year average for that span of 90 days is 11.50 inches of precipitation, this year sitting -5.23 inches below average. The average temperature from May 1st to July 30th is 61.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 4th warmest on record. The warmest period was in 1999, 62.5 degrees Fahrenheit during that period.

For Houlton, it has been the 9th driest period, receiving 7.24 inches since May 1st. Records began with the first complete year being 1949. Driest period of May 1st to July 30th at Houlton is 1999, 5.59 inches. 30-year average is 11.06 inches for Houlton, -3.82 inches below average for precipitation.

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