Rainfall Both Good and Bad for Local Farmers

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MT. CRAWFORD, Va. (WHSV) -- Rain isn't always welcome on farms as farmers now have to wait to plant some crops.

For vineyards, vines are already planted, but rain brings the threat of soil erosion.

"I wish I could control the weather but that's farming for ya," said Bob Bahktiar, the owner of CrossKeys Vineyards

He said for new vines, some just planted last week, rain is a good thing. "The new baby ones if I may, they're gonna love this, because they need a lot of water in the beginning," said Bahktiar.

Over on the Koogler farm, the rain means corn won't be planted just yet.

"Very wet, we've got spots in the field that we can't get through," said Jim Koogler, who owns Koogler Farm.

Some locations on the field have standing water and even after the rain is gone, parts of the field could still be too wet to plant.

"If the sun comes out warm and the wind blows, it doesn't take long to dry off," said Koogler, "A lot of these wet places are gonna stay wet for a good while."

As Koogler tends to bookkeeping for the farm and visitors at CrossKeys try new wines, all hope there won't be too much rain.

With more rain expected this week, vineyard workers say that all they can do is watch, and hope that that rain won't mean a lot more soil erosion.

If parts of a field are too wet, farmers will continue to plant and just skip the wet spots.


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