Farmers: "Rain is just too much of a good thing"

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

Research and Extension agents say Alabama is in a pattern that's unique to the farming community.

"At our location here, we've had about 14 inches of rain in july, that's obviously a lot of rain," said Director Larry Wells

Extension Director Larry wells in headland says the amount of rain is causing problems for area farmers.

"With peanuts they have a lot of disease problems so we can't get in the field to spray." and it doesn't just stop at peanuts, cotton is affected too.

"because cotton really likes a lot of sunshine and with 19 out of 23 days of rain that means we've had a lot cloud cover."

Produce farmers say the fruits are pretty much beaten.

"It's rotted peas at the ground, made cantaloupes bust open, tomatoes bust open, watermelons anything except okra and okra didn't ruin it just quit barring," said Ken Gibbs with Williams Farm.

Results like those leave more worries for farmers because the deadline to have the fall crop planted is about two weeks from now.

"Losing all you had planted is one thing but you can't get anything in the field to replant anything else so all you can do is play dominoes are something you cannot farm."

Some farmers say stepping in their fields right now is probably a bad idea.

"You wouldn't dare get your tractor in the field and have to call a wrecker to come and get it out and that's what it's amounting to."

Research and Extension agents say this could all change and clear up if the rain stays away for awhile.


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