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Will a drought impact the Eden Corn Fest?

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Posted at 11:31 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 13:41:01-04

It's a busy time for farmers and for produce distributors like David Walczsk.

"Growers for Eden Valley Growers have been very busy doing lots of extra irrigation," Walczsk told 7 Eyewitness News.

Since June 1st, Western New York has seen about 2 inches of precipitation. That's about 4 inches below season norms. Several counties including Genessee, Wyoming, and Orleans are currently listed as abnormally dry, and this farmers working in overdrive.

"We'd rather I think have a warm summer than a cold summer or a wet summer," Walczsk said.

"It's a lot of extra work, a lot of extra moving of irrigation lines every four hours. It's a lot of extra strain on the growers themselves and the machinery. It's just rough."

Walczsk says right now his farmers are staying above water. So far everyone is harvesting a fair number of crops and because of competitive pricing the drought should not hit the consumer in the wallet.

"We still need to be competitive with some of the other growing areas in the country."

And with the Eden Corn Festival just around the corner, Walczsk says the crop that's taking center stage should not be in danger.

"Everything still looks fine we'll have plenty of corn so there's nothing to worry about there."