Farmers Staying Optimistic About Growing Season

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM EDT


Brant/Gasport, NY (WKBW) - Western New York Farmers are keeping a very careful eye on our forecast. The record breaking temperatures have put some crops and plants a month ahead of schedule, but any future deep freeze could jeopardize some crop production. Despite the uncertainty, farmers are staying hopefully optimistic they'll get a jump start on the growing season.

"If this is the real Spring, everything will be a month early and we'll be picking apples in August instead of September. If this is a fake Spring and we have more Winter there could be repercussions later," said Jack Mann, Owner of Brant Apple Farm.

Raspberry bushes are already sprouting from the ground at Turnbull Nursery in North Collins. Owner Robert Turnbull says sales this month have increased and is staying optimistic about his crops.

"In the back of your mind you're very hesitant. I don't care what type of farming you're in, this is so far out of normal its unbelievable," added Turnbull.

In Gasport at Verratti Dairy Farms, farmers are all smiles since the comfortable temperatures can actually increase a cow's milk production.

"When the cows are happy, we're happy and that's the name of the game," said Jeremy Verratti of Verratti Farms. "The cows are really enjoying the weather."