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Heavy rain causes problems for local farmers

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 22 2013 09:15:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 21 2013 11:00:00 PM CDT

April showers bring May flowers, but when the rains continue full speed through July, the flowers can't hold up.

BRISTOL, Va. -

April showers bring May flowers, but when the rains continue full speed through July, the flowers can't hold up. "They don't like a lot of rain. They really don't," said Bob DeVault, Manager of Evergreen in Bristol, Virginia. He says gardeners are going to see the biggest impact as water drowns out many of their crops. "A lot of vegetables just can't take the water and we're getting a tremendous amount of water."

He says tomato plants are flourishing with full leaves, but are lacking everywhere else. "The fruit is not bearing real well now because of the amount of water," said DeVault.

We spoke to local farmer, Sam Rock, who told News 5 his a lot of his crops growing on the ground, aren't any good. "Our beans, everything on the bottom is sort of nothing, mildewed and molded," said Rock, "Squash and zucchini, it's hot and humid and it's too much and they're molding."

He says his sweet corn crop is the only thing thriving, but the rain is even messing with that. "We stagger all of the patches out where we'd get done with one patch and we'd start on another, but this rain has caught everything up," said Rock. That makes it grow faster than they can harvest it. "It's gonna be a lot of stuff at one time and no place to go with it, I guess. We can only sell so much of it at the farmers market."

However, Rock tells us even with the rotten produce, he isn't complaining. "Nobody wants to complain about it because last year you know it was so dry, nobody had anything," said Rock.