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Sod growers shaken by economy, weather

For the state’s sod growers, 2010 was a year to forget. Rocked by low demand due to the lack of new construction as well as adverse weather patterns, the industry saw many producers forced out of business, and those that survived struggled to remain a going concern.

Unfortunately, producers will hold no fond memories of 2011, either, and for the same reasons – no new construction and abysmal weather. In addition, market prices have softened significantly this year compared to 2010.

The attrition is starting to show.

“Our industry is tied to construction, and it is extremely …


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