Northern Colorado farmers have too much water

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GILCREST, Colo. -- The ground in fields in Northern Colorado are soaked! It's a stark difference from a few years ago when crops were left dying in the fields due to drought.

“We finally just got our corn in the ground,” said Glen Fritzler. “The rain just won’t stop coming … we had rain every day in May … like some 14 inches.”

Without being able to get combines into fields, little is growing in many of them. Some onions and corn that were planted in April are coming up, but many farmers are covering seeds with plastic to give them some extra heat.

At Palizzi’s Farmer’s Market in Brighton, there is some produce on shelves, but much less than in past years. Customers are picking and choosing from potatoes, greens, and onions. And while Jose Gutierrez says his corn should almost be knee high, it's not the case this year.

“Our corn is coming, but very slowly,” says Gutierrez.

If you are looking for produce at farmer’s markets, go early as crowds are swooping in on fruits and veggies quickly.

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