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Farms recovering, but long work still ahead

Jason Lloyd of Maple Downs Farms in Middleburgh sows in corn seed on the family farm on Thursday. Lloyd's father David Lloyd said the soil compaction required him to till the land several times over, which cost more gasoline. But he has faith the crops will come in good this year, even despite the destruction last fall.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Jason Lloyd of Maple Downs Farms in Middleburgh sows in corn seed on the family farm on Thursday. Lloyd's father David Lloyd said the soil compaction required him to till the land several times over, which cost more gasoline. But he has faith the crops will come in good this year, even despite the destruction last fall.
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Looking out across the neatly plowed fields of Maple Downs Farm, it’s hard for owner David Lloyd to recall his initial thoughts about ever growing crops again after his farm was ravaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. Late last summer, the Schoharie Creek swept across his land, taking nearly four dozen cattle, more than a year’s worth of feed and all of the crops he was hoping to sell. When the water receded, his ...


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