Narragansett-South Kingstown, RI Patch
Sept 23, Rhode Island. Too many consecutive dry summers slowed tree growth, leading a Christmas tree farm to close for the 2021 holiday season. The 2021 summer brought plenty of rain, but 2019 and 2020 were dry. The farm does not have enough mature trees to cut and sell this year.
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Public Service Coordinator Tom Gordon said, "agricultural conditions are reasonably good as we approach the end of the growing season. Potato harvest looks good for quality and quantity, with no major water use conflicts noted. Other crops are looking good, with the diminishing drought reducing the irrigation workload on producers."
DACF Maine Forest Service - Regional Forest Ranger Matt Gomes said, “as we move into fall, it is important to understand that fires, and sometimes large damaging fires, are still a threat. Fall brings leaf litter, reopened canopies for solar heating, drier fuels through lower relative humidity, as well as higher winds.”
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