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Rain has big impact on local farmer's crops

One local farm says rain has had a big impact on their crops recently, and that’s why they’re doing everything they can to combat it.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 6:52 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 9:40 PM

The amount of rain we’ve gotten in the Tennessee Valley over the last few weeks has had an effect on agriculture.

Those at Henderson Farms say rain has had a big impact on their crops recently, and that’s why they’re doing everything they can to combat it.

“It’s Tennessee Valley weather. It’s unpredictable, so we’ve learned that, sometimes, we have to change our game plan," farmer Stuart Sanderson said. "We may have to spray when we don’t really think we need to or when we don’t want to, just to try and level the risks a little bit.”

Sanderson has been farming for most of his life and says he’s learned to be proactive when it comes to protecting his crops from rain.

However, when we get a lot of rain, Sanderson says it can be hard to fight.

“When we get just continued wet weather week after week, we have a tendency to get fungus," Sanderson said.

Right now, Sanderson says his wheat and corn are suffering because of standing water.

“The plant is just like humans. We can only take so much water before it has an adverse effect," Sanderson said. "It’d be like us if we just swam back and forth, back and forth in a swimming pool for a little bit. We’d just kind of get tired and a little water-logged.”

Fortunately, Sanderson says he doesn’t see too big of an impact on anyone else right now, but he says if the rain continues to fall, he could lose money while others may have to pay more.

“You’ll see corn move 10, 20, 30, up to 50 cents a bushel over the next coming weeks if this kind of general weather pattern stays in the county," he said. "A loaf of bread may go up a few cents. Basically, it may make your Chick-Fil-a sandwich eventually cost more.”

But Sanderson says he’s not too worried, because he’s had a lot of practice with this kind of weather.

“With, you know, the proper management, proper plant nutrition, we are able to really overproduce.”

And he says he’d always choose to have too much rain than not enough.

“We’ve tried farming without rain and it doesn’t work out too well, so we’d rather deal with excessive rain than excessive dry.”

Sanderson tells WAAY 31 they will continue to battle the rain, but they’re hoping for warmer, dryer weather soon.

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