Farmers and rain

Last year, farmers struggled through a drought. This year, the problem is -not- too little rain, but too much.

Spring growers, particularly in the northwest mountains, are finding it difficult to get out and plant crops due to muddy conditions in the fields.

Both corn and tobacco are about three weeks behind schedule. The rain is also making it difficult to mow and cure hay for animal feed.

Yadkin County extension director Jack Lowdermilk says the harvest should be a few weeks later than normal due to the wet weather. Agricultural experts say that the plentiful rains should help crops take off once they're in the ground.

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