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Environment
10:17 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Mild winter weather could mean trouble for growers & gardeners

Early crocus in Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Western New York's mild winter has thrown the region's garden and growing season a sharp curve.  It has gardeners shaking their heads and commercial growers keeping their fingers crossed.

Those of us who've been around the block know the winter of 2011-2012 is one for the record books.  Snowfall in the 40 plus inch range and temperatures warm enough to keep the Great Lakes ice free.

John Farfaglia is an extension educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County.

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