AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While we have a beautiful stretch of weather coming our way this week, the ground is still pretty saturated from our last storm; and that's having an effect on farmers who say this season has already been an overly wet one.
Jeff Timberlake, with Ricker Hill Orchards, says last week's rain and wind knocked a lot of their apples off the trees; apples they normally could have sold at $6,000 a tractor load. Now, they'll be made into cider, which sells at $1,000 a load.
With a saturated ground, it's also been tough for farmers to move equipment through their fields. Timberlake says over the weekend, 5 of their tractors were stuck at a time.
That rain also washes nutrients out of the soil, reducing the quality of hay crops; which many farmers are behind on cutting.