More Rain, More Problems: Too much rain causes issues for local farmers


Farmers need rain to help grow their crops but too much rain can actually be a bad thing.

At the Squibb Family Farm in Limestone, Tenn., it's all hands on deck Monday morning to make up for lost time after heavy rain on Sunday.

"After going through the drought, you hate to fuss about getting too much rain," Wesley Squibb says. "But right now, we are way far behind on getting everything planted."

Squibb planted his first crop of corn in April, but he didn't plant his second crop until June because of the seemingly non-stop rain.

"So far this has been the seventh wettest year on record in the Tri-Cities with a surplus of almost seven inches," Storm Track 5 Meteorologist David Boyd says.

Farmers can work through some showers, but downpours can wipe out a day or weeks worth of work.

"A week now means two weeks later in the year," Squibb says. "It just puts everything much farther behind and you run out of days to get the crops out."

Late crops can lead to more expensive products, but Washington County, Tennessee Agriculture Agent Anthony Shelton says it's too early to hit the panic button about increased prices.

"Not concerned yet, but if we start getting that close to July and some of the commodities are still not out, we should be concerned," Shelton says.

Too much rain isn't all bad though. It helps the pastures grow which in turn means more food for the live stock.

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