The downpour of rain across the state is getting the best of many people, flooding streets and homes, now farmers are asking the question, when will it end?
“I’ve got tobacco that’s ready to go in the ground, bell peppers ready to go in the ground,” says Ben Furnish, a farmer in Harrison County.
But Ben, along with other farmers across the state have their hands tied. They can’t put their crops in the ground, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
“You just hope for a dry week. If we get one with all the equipment we have we can get it in the ground.” Now, Furnish says they’re about three weeks behind schedule and so far he’s lost more than 3 acres of corn. The wet ground making it difficult to plant.
“This has been the hardest year so far. I know we’ve had record rainfall, and this is the first time I’ve dealt with this.”
Puddles of rain, just sitting in the middle of his corn field. The river nearby threatening to over flow again, like it did last week. But that’s not the only problem the rain brings.
“This is not corn, even though it looks similar,” says Ben pointing at the weeds in his field. “There’s your line of corn in
between it, this Johnson Grass is growing around it. That is a problem, but its too wet to go on the field and spot spray.”
Combine that problem with the cold temperatures and the possibility of a frost, and there’s even more uneasiness for farmers across the state.
“The conditions are never perfect, but that’s the way it is. It’s a gamble everyday,” says Furnish.