Some Farmers Say Rain Making This Growing Season 'Infamous'

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By Jessica Gertler

Some farmers say the rain is making for one of the worst growing seasons in decades. They say the rain is ruining their watermelons, peas, tomatoes and squash.

 
"It's a disaster. You know, we have to get into the fields, and if it's too wet, we will bog down, so we have to wait until it's dry enough," says Autauga Co. farmer Leona Daniel 
 
Daniel says the wet weather is killing her crops. Fifteen acres on her farm: destroyed.
 
"It's leaving water spots. Then the spots make them bruise and you know, go bad," she says.
 
Daniel, who has been farming for 25 years, relies on farming to feed her family.
 
"I have a husband and five children," she says.
 
And if the rain continues like it has these last few weeks, Daniel says she'll face some difficulties. 
 
Jean Wright is part owner of Wright produce. Wright says the weather determines how much produce winds up on her shelves.
 
"I think it's hurting most of the produce business," Wright says. "Some weeks it's pretty empty. It just depends. We have people calling every day wanting things we can't get. I'm sure there will be some more, but if it will stop raining."
 
But for Daniel, she says she's finding the sunny side in all this.
 
"It's making [peaches] grow, get bigger and get sweet," she says. "That's the only good thing we're getting out of the rain is the peaches."
 
The U.S. Drought Monitor says this time last year, more than 90 percent of the state was in a drought. Now with some of the state getting more than 45 inches of rain, Alabama is drought free.
 


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