Rain, lack of sun a problem for Fairbanks growers

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Fairbanks area farmers say extensive rains and a lack of heat and sunshine have made for one of the worst growing seasons.

Farmers say record rainfalls over the past two weeks have saturated crops and stunted plant growth.

More than 6 1/2 inches of rain has fallen in Fairbanks since June 18.

AP reports farmers are also complaining of flooded fields that make it difficult to use machinery.

Warm-weather crops such as zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and green beans have been especially affected.

On the upside, farmers said crops that prefer wet weather - such as bok choy, spinach, Swiss chard and lettuce - are thriving.