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Delmarva Farmers Struggle With Lack of Rain


 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Not a cloud in the sky.  Not good for Delmarva's farmers. 

There's normally not very much dust flying out from underneath William Layton's planting machines.  He says it's been so dry this past month, that machine can't even do it's job properly.

"Our planter will get in a little bit, but the wheels are off the ground.  The knives are in the ground as deep as they'll go but the wheels won't touch the ground because they can't get in deep enough." said Layton.

While Layton is struggling to plant, on the other side of the county, Wendell Meekins says the lack of rain has been good for his wheat crop.

"There's pros and cons to everything.  We are in prime time wheat harvesting time and a lot of rain right now will drive your test weights down and that hurts you at the market at your price per bushel." said Meekins.

But as he says, for every pro there is a con, and in this case, his corn could use the rain, as he showed WBOC.

"This is an irrigated stalk of corn.  I'm 6 feet tall, so it's very healthy, big leaves.  And then this is a stalk of corn that hasn't received irrigation.  It might be three feet tall and as you can see, the leaves are wilted up, turned up.  That's already determined the size of the tassle it's going to put out." said Meekins.

And a small tassle means a poor yield of corn.

Tuesday, Meekins was working quickly to pull the final wheat crop, and is hoping that the rain comes later this week so his corn still has a chance to survive.

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