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Extended Heat and Dry Conditions Threaten Fall Harvest Season

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After breaking heat records Tuesday, many farmers are hoping to see some rain soon.

The National Weather Service reported that Central New York tied a temperature record Tuesday.

The record for Sept. 8 is 93 degrees, set in 1964. Temperatures reached 93 degrees yesterday as well.

Tuesday also marked the 19th straight day without rain.

While the hot dry weather has been a boon for the end of summer vacations and outdoor activities for farmers who are preparing for the fall harvest the lack of rain is becoming a concern.

Certain crops, particularly apples, need the rain or they will ripen too quickly before the harvest. In addition apple trees need sufficient water before the winter so they can emerge healthy in the spring.

There is a chance of rain in the local forecast for Thursday.

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