Growing Season Threatened by Record Setting Rains

May 27, 2011 Updated May 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

May 27, 2011 Updated May 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - For farmers, their livelihood is dependent upon the weather, and with all the rain this spring, many are worried that the growing season will be washed out.

"Normally we would start planting sweet corn and gladiolas about the twenty-fifth of April," says Sally McChesney, whose family owns over 300 acres of farmland in Chautauqua County. As of May 27th, they have about half of their crops planted.

The soaking rains make it nearly impossible to get the tractors on the fields to plow and sow seeds.

"It's scary because it's our livelihood," added McChesney.

Sadly, the rains and flooding has not been exclusive to western New York. Across the country, farmers are being put weeks behind schedule, meaning this growing season will most likely yield a late harvest and a short supply, which means higher prices.