|Will it be rain-sodden fields forever?|
Kennebec Journal - 6/23/2009.By Colin Hickey – Chuck Underwood sang "Anchors Aweigh" on Monday as he watched more rain soak his Benton strawberry fields. "I have 60 to 80 feet of fields where the strawberries literally are floating," he said.
|For early crops, a wet blanket|
Portland Press Herald - 6/23/2009.By Beth Quimby – Last June, Ralph Turner harvested 6,000 peony stems at his Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport. This year, thanks to gray mold, he'll be lucky to harvest half that number. Tomato plants are turning black at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough. Carrots and string beans have failed to sprout at Little River Flower Farm in Buxton. All the rain and cool temperatures are to blame, say farmers across southern Maine. This is the second summer they are getting washed out. Many say they are having one of the toughest early growing seasons in recent memory.
|Gov. Baldacci signs 2 ecofriendly bills|
Bangor Daily News - 6/23/2009.By Kevin Miller – Gov. John Baldacci held a ceremonial signing Monday for bills that would establish an industry-funded recycling program for compact fluorescent light bulbs and create a registry for those who want notification about aerial pesticide applications.