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Two farmers say their crops are running between one and three weeks behind schedule this year because of a cold and rainy spring. CBC

Some farmers in southern New Brunswick say their crops are running behind schedule this summer because of a cold and rainy spring.

Benoît Michaud's family farm covers more than 240 hectares near Bouctouche and so far this year, he said some of his crops, such as corn, beans and beets, suffered a slow start.

"Very slow start, very cold, trying to catch up, fairly late spring," Michaud said.

"But things now have seemed to have turned around and we might just be a week late."

Michaud said he's used to contending with the unpredictable impact the weather has on his business.

The Bouctoucher farmer said he's happy as long as what he's selling covers the cost of what he's producing — and there's a bit left over.

"We're always worried because if we got a shorter season, it shortens our sales. But we have to live with what we got, I guess," he said.

Kent Coates, a Point de Bute farmer, is also trying to recover from a slow start to the growing season.

Coates said the cold and rainy weather has put his vegetable crops three weeks behind last year's harvest.

He sells most of his produce in prepaid weekly vegetable boxes. But he said when customers began pick-ups in early June, there wasn't as much variety as he would have liked.

"It's affecting it quite a little bit, because we've had something to put in it, it's been more leafy, like spinach and beet greens and kale than we hoped," he said.

"We were hoping to have carrots and potatoes by now."

Coates said the recent hot spell is helping his yield to catch up.

"We have a few really small potatoes right now, but we're going to have potatoes for real in another week or two," Coates said.