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Late start for hay and alfalfa farmers

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BURBANK, Wash-- According to the National Weather Service, last month was one of the coldest Aprils on record, and those cool temperatures are having quite an impact on local crops.

Anything from your garden variety flowers to alfalfa and hay are nearly two to three weeks late. Local farmers normally start cutting their alfalfa by May 1st, but that is being delayed for up to 10 more days. Drex Gauntt has been farming near Burbank for 20 years and can't remember a spring this cold.

"We are considerably shorter than where we should be this time of year," says Gauntt. "Often times by this time of year, I have hay that is cut, laying on the ground and I am, if not in the field with hay bailers, within just a few days of being in the field with a bailer to bail that hay."

Farmers are now hoping for several days with near 70 degree temperatures and sunshine to help dry out the ground before they can cut.

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