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Rainy Weather Causes Trouble For Farmers
Written by Bruce Ferrell   
Monday, 08 July 2013 04:36

RALEIGH - Farmers are dealing with the lingering effects of a wet spring and early summer. The near record rainfall of the past month is impacting some crops in the ground and the ability of farmers to get others planted.

State Agriculture Department Agronomist Don Nicholson says “There [are] a lot of soy beans that need to be planted right now but it’s just too wet to get into the fields to do it. There’s a tremendous amount of acreage of wheat still in the field and every time it rains on it, it lays down a little bit more in the fields.”

Fortunately, Nicholson says that the rain has been good for other crops, such as corn.

He says most of the crops impacted do not go directly to store shelves, but are used as feed for livestock, which means those farmers will have to seek alternate sources. This could lead to higher prices down the road for meat and poultry.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2013 04:52
 
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