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N.H. growers say corn crop's good


SALEM (MCT)- John Peters said he's seen it all this growing season.

"It was dry in April and May, there was flooding in June, a heat wave in July and now it's been cool in August," said the owner of Peters' Farm in Salem. "We've really run the gamut."

But despite the unusual weather, Peters said, he has still been able to produce his usual supply of corn.

"It's been pretty good," he said. "We'll have just as much as we normally have had, and the quality is still just as good."

Becky Sideman, a sustainable horticulture specialist with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, said, for the most part, farmers are reporting the same as Peters.

"The one thing farmers have had going for them is that the moisture this year has been really good," Sideman said. "It's produced some nice plump ears." She expects corn production will end up around the same as it has been in recent years.