Consecutive Days Of Rain Hurting Farmers

"Farmers in general are very resilient and they're going to always figure out a way to make the best of any situation." -Carl Chaney, Chaney's Dairy Barn

Many outdoor activities may be getting ruined by the recent heavy rains that have plagued our area for the past week. For farmers, the consistent rainfall is ruining more than just afternoon recreation. Though farmers usually look to the sky for rain in the summer, too much in the spring can ruin an entire year's crop. The sun hasn't exactly been shining in south central Kentucky in the recent days and rain continues to highlight the forecast. Farmers in the area hope for precipitation in the summer but the sheer volume of rain in the recent days has made things difficult.

"Any time corn has already been germinated and is under water for a long period of time, that just means we're going to have to replant which is a very great expense." said Joanna Coles of the University of Kentucky Warren County Cooperative Extension Office.

The harsh levels of rain aren't just washing up freshly planted seeds. They're also keeping farmers and cattle out of the fields which is very important this time of year.

"I probably had about three or four acres of my rye grass that was actually under water. That's probably feed I'm counting on this coming year and if it's not there I've got to make it up some place else." said Carl Chaney of Chaney's Dairy Barn.

If the pouring of rain keeps up farmers won't be able to plant grain or harvest wheat for feed, which could cause meat prices in stores to go up. This year may be different than the dry one we had last year, but the affect could be similar.

"I wound up being able to harvest about half the amount of feed last year. I have had a heck of a time trying to find enough feed to feed these cows and keep the farm going." added Chaney.

Farmers have been dealing with the wild streaks of weather in Kentucky for hundreds of years and say it's something they're used to.

"Farmers in general are very resilient and they're going to always figure out a way to make the best of any situation." stated Chaney.

So far in 2013, south central Kentucky is more than four inches above the yearly rainfall average.

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