Rain Hurting Pittsylvania County Farmers
Pittsylvania Co., VA -- All of this rain has caused some damage in our area, but it's been hurting local farmers for months.Extension Agent Stephen Barts says this has been one of the worst years for tobacco growers that he can remember. It's not just the storm from the past few days that has been hurting farmers, in fact, it's the weather the past few months.
With all of this rain, tobacco farmers have been late to plant. Usually they start in May, but this year many local farmers started in June and that puts them at a risk for frost when they harvest.
Also with the wet fields, the nutrients may not absorb as well into the crops and they can't cultivate like they should. If you can't proactively manage a crop, Barts says the quality and yield may suffer. Since the start of the year, Danville has gotten 29.35 inches of rainfall, that is 6.25 inches above average.
"I've had some growers tell me that they've never seen a season like this. They've just had so much constant moisture," said Barts.
Barts says that small grain crops like wheat and barley have also been having a rough season. But corn and soybeans look good because they need a lot of moisture.