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Heavy rainfall causes balancing act for farmers

Corn crops can make do with recent heavy rains, but wheat, which is close to harvest, could struggle. Corn crops can make do with recent heavy rains, but wheat, which is close to harvest, could struggle.
MERIDIANVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Tennessee Valley farmers are dealing with planting and harvesting issues as a result of recent rainfall. While too little rain is obviously detrimental to any crop, excessive water can cause even greater problems.

Farmer Pat Brown is keeping tabs of rainfall at Tate Farms, as his crops are at the mercy of how much water they will be taking in.

"Most of the time, it makes me really happy because you can make a crop with water; you can't make it without," Brown said. "But we're ready for it to dry up a little bit now."

The heavy rainfall may cause a delay in local wheat harvesting. Corn crops can make do with the large amount of water, but that's not the case for wheat so close to harvesting time.

"The grain in the top of the kernel, when it gets this much rain, will actually start sprouting – the seed will start sprouting in the head," Brown explained.

A flooded field could cause the plant's roots to mold and rot. But in the end, Brown said he would rather have too much rain compared with too little.

"It's still hard for me to be negative about water because I still see it as a blessing from God," he said.

Brown said he also lost some crops from last week's strong winds, but he is still looking forward to a bountiful harvest.

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