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Expected Rain Has New Jersey Farmers, Gardeners Breathing Sigh Of Relief

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- The rain moving into the Tri-State area this weekend is being welcomed with open arms in New Jersey.

"We were precariously close to getting into real trouble at the end of May," said New Jersey Climatologist Dr. David Robinson. "Water levels were falling in our reservoirs, crops were not germinating."

New Jersey Farmers, Gardeners Look Forward To More Rain On The Way

The latter being a big hit to farmers and backyard gardeners in the Garden State, Dr. Robinson told WCBS 880's Levon Putney.

"So those who have not irrigated their lawn and their gardens, they've not had to for the last three weeks," he added. "The field crops -- corn, soy bean, hay crops -- they don't have irrigation."

So New Jersey Farm Bureau Executive Director Peter Furey said farmers with those crops are the happiest, at least at this point.

"We certainly can't get ahead of ourselves because we have a long way to go," Furey said.

But for now, Furey said the state is on track for a good growing season.

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