Rain hurts crops but still saves money
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:18:44 GMT —
So far this summer Southwest Georgia has seen a little over 13 inches of rain, and all that rain is affecting local farmers.
Mark Daniel, the owner of Mark's Melon Patch, says the rain mainly affects tomatoes. They have thin skin and the rain is just not good for them.
Sheila Rice with Calhoun Produce in Ashburn says it hasn't affected their crops but it has affected their workers. She says they have to run out and pick the crops every time they get a break in the rain; she says its putting extra work on them and causing them to work longer hours.
The rain isn't all bad, though. Daniel said he hasn't had to turn on his irrigation system in 36 days, which is saving him a lot of money. He also says while some crops suffer in the rain, his sweet corn is actually thriving. Sweet corn has to be watered every two to three days and the rain has taken care of that.
Daniel says the rain might cause a little damage to the crop but overall it's been saving him money; he says he would take the heavy rain over a drought any day.