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Farmers Worried About Crops After Rainfall

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by Chris Conte

ADAMS, Tenn. - Farmers across middle Tennessee are looking at corn and wheat crops literally drowning under water after weeks of rain, meaning profits might already be sunk.

"Seems like the weather has gotten to where you can't anticipate what's gonna happen," explained Randy Riley, who has spent his entire life as a farmer in Robertson County.

Riley farms close to 2,500 acres of corn, wheat and tobacco. Even though he's planted more than 90-percent of his land, he said most of it is too wet to get heavy machinery on to, meaning weed killing fertilizer and pesticides can't be sprayed.

"It looks like we're going to have another rough year," the 55-year-old adds. His land has been riddled with standing water from all the recent rainfall, but no part is as dramatic as a 45 acre section which has been turned into a six-foot deep lake.

Riley said he guesses the water from that section won't dry up until at least June meaning the corn he planted there is gone, which would be a $30,000 loss he estimates.

"This is not supposed to be here, I've seen ducks and even geese on it," he said looking at the temporary pond.

Riley does have crop insurance, but that money won't help him turn a profit.


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