The wet weather changed or canceled many holiday plans this week, but farmers in Marion county appreciate the rain. News Threes Naomi Keitt went to Marion County Friday and says the rainfall came at the perfect time this year.
Roger Sinyard at the Marion County Cooperative says if the excessive rain came closer to harvest time which starts in the fall it could have potentially ruined crops. He says after several years of drought the rain is a welcome change.
"Streams or ponds or rivers, those were dropping to the point that they didn't have water to irrigate with so the crops were burning up despite the fact that the equipment was sitting there to irrigate," says Sinyard. He says farmers have been facing drought for years, but this year, the rain changed things.
"Here in this particular county, we haven't had an overabundance or rainfall, we've had substantial amounts and we're grateful for that," says Sinyard. He says the rain we've seen over the past couple months has come at a crucial time for the development of the ear of corn.
Crops like corn, peanuts, and cotton have all benefited from the rain, but there could be a potential downside for farmers.
"Disease problems are magnified during wet weather and this may be something that we see. Right now we're not seeing a lot of problems with disease but we might see this as an affect of this rainfall," says Sinyard. He says everyone might not like the rain especially over the weekends and holidays but the farmers are grateful for it.
"For us in agricultural communities we learn to welcome rain at anytime. We'll sacrifice a sun tan any day for a good shot of rainfall," says Sinyard. The need for rain water in the farming community is substantial and Sinyard hopes it continues so the crops can fully develop.
"Water is the most crucial thing in agriculture production as these farmers struggle to feed the world," says Sinyard. Other communities have experienced more rain fall than in Marion County and may not be doing as well as the farmers there.
Farmers will begin harvesting some crops as early as August.
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