The Alaska Dispatch has the story HERE:
Cold weather in South central Alaska isn’t just affecting people’s moods. It’s seriously hurting vegetable crops in the Matanuska Susitna Valley, one of the state’s major farming regions.
Most crops are several weeks behind schedule, according to farmers, the result of a chilly spring and a summer that’s nearly breaking cold-temperature records.
Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm, a popular pick-it-yourself destination near Palmer, would normally see five times as many people as it has, says owner Ted Pyrah. There’s just not much for customers to pick right now, he says, and most vegetables are small.
While farmers can handle cloudy weather and a good amount of rain, there’s not much they can do when temperatures dip. Plants simply aren’t maturing fast enough, putting many farmers in a lurch.
The yield’s way down, the production numbers are not there,” says Arthur Keyes, owner of the South Anchorage Farmer’s Market and Glacier Valley Farm in Palmer. “It’s so cold, we need heat. We don’t need rain, we need the sun.”
The question is, if NASA’s James Hansen is declaring the world is warming, with July the warmest ever (not) then why is Alaska too cold to grow vegetables?