Across New England, it was a good week for field work, according to the weekly Crop Progress & Condition report, a USDA publication, for the week ending July 6. But in Maine, county representatives noted the impact of heavy rain.
“Severe thunderstorms, excess rain, wind and hail have caused some damage on crops,” Gary J. Raymond reported from Franklin. “Some area roads were washed out. Hopefully most crops will bounce back up.”
Apparently, they already have in Hancock, where despite “heavy rains on Friday night and Saturday with high wind,” as noted by Valerie Porter, “Crops are looking good; potato blossoms are out; spraying and hilling is underway. Apples are setting, strawberry harvest in full swing. Blueberries look pretty good in some areas and great in others.”
— From staff reports