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Excessive Rain Causes Problems for Delmarva Farmers

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EASTON, Md.- Farmers across Delmarva have been battling the weather this year more than usual.  The rain from the past few weeks caused flooding and ponding in several farmers' fields. The excessive water is drowning the farmers' crops.

Donna King, of King Crop Insurance, said the issue is more than just drowning crops. King said diseases are formed in the standing water which can make it harder for farmers to save a crop.

One of those farmers is Greg Gannon of C.H. Gannon and Sons in Easton. Gannon said he has had to replant over 120 acres of corn this year alone. He also says he needs a break from the rain.

"We don't want to say we've seen our last rain of the summer, but we could stand a little break right now and then get something going in July again," Gannon said.

Gannon said in order to be able to harvest all of his corn at once, he had to replant faster growing corn that will eventually catch up with the older crop. 

Corn is not the only crop effected, when WBOC was at Gannon's farm, we witnessed his employees being unable to harvest a field of grain because it was too damp. Gannon says this is a problem, because due to the cold spring, his harvest is already running behind schedule.

Gannon said the last time he had this much trouble with rain was in 2009.

 

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