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Farmers struggling as wet weather persists

Posted: 6:00 PM, Nov 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-19 23:34:14-05

Clouds of dust rise from behind the green John Deere combine being piloted by Will Hutchinson, if he could drive any faster he would, Will is in a race against time and Mother Nature.

Will's family farms close to 3,000 acres of land across Middle Tennessee. Most of the land is filled with soy beans, that should have been harvested by now, but they aren't.

"It starts to get concerning when the forecast is rain, after rain, after rain," Will says as the combine he's driving plows through thick layers of soy beans stalks that are wilted and brown, signaling the inevitable arrival of winter.

On this Monday afternoon, Will and his dad were combining close to 30 acres an hour. 

A recent string of wet weather has left Will and hundreds of other farmers across Tennessee weeks behind with their harvesting of soy beans. And the longer these soybeans stay in the grown, the less money farmers are poised to make.

By some estimates there were still close to 43 million bushels of soybeans still sitting in fields across the state. That's nearly $143 million in revenue that needs to be harvested.

Will is working around the clock to finish harvesting before anymore of his crop is damaged by wet weather, "Every year has a unique set of challenges and this year's been no different."