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Weeks of relentless rain continues to plague area farmers

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- Sunny skies have delighted residents across Central Virginia after what's felt like relentless rain for the better part of the past six weeks.

That rain and flooding continue to put a dent in any type of work that takes place outside, including area farmers who are thrilled to finally see some sunshine.

In the world of agriculture, farmers say rain is both a blessing and a curse. Too much rain is bad news, though too little rain can cause problems, too. 

That means farmers across the region are drying out after weeks of downpours, working to see how their crops are faring.

"Well, thankfully we've caught a break in the rain," Chuck McGhee with Grainfield Farm in Mechanicsville said. "We had almost a little over 18 inches of rain in the past three weeks, so almost half a years worth of rain."

McGhee's farm grows grain crops, including corn wheat and soybeans.

After weeks of downpours, he's concerned that today's harvest might not be the right quality of wheat to sell for milling. 

"Otherwise it may have to be sold to feed the pigs or the chickens or the turkeys," McGhee explained.

Even if the wheat is salvageable ... 

"It may cut our revenue by 20 or 30 percent because there's such a wide gap in the price that is paid in milling wheat versus feed wheat," McGhee said.

Another problem with all the rain, McGhee says some of his equipment couldn't be used with the ground so saturated with water.

So for now, he's back to work, hoping some sort of rain will come back in another week or two. 

"In Central Virginia, as you know, it can go long stretches of time when it doesn't rain, so it wouldn't take long for us to be in trouble," McGhee said. 


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