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The planting is plentiful

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
GAINES – Jim Kirby checks the corn seeds in his planter this morning on Zig-Zag Road. Kirby and other local farmers are working long hours to get their crops planted.

After a dry April and early May, parts of New York, including Orleans County, are already in near-drought conditions. Nearly three-quarters of the state is considered “abnormally dry,” the condition just before a drought begins, according to The National Drought Mitigation Center.

Kirby operates the planter on a corn field on Zig-Zag Road, just west of Keitel Road.