Rainfall Woes in Augusta County

By: Mallory Brooke
By: Mallory Brooke

Despite rain in the forecast every weekend, some Augusta County farmers are hurting for precipitation. While some areas have gotten a lot of rain, others haven't, sometimes as much as a four inch difference in different localities for the month of July.

Luray has received almost eight inches of rain, while areas in Augusta County feel lucky to have received a little more than three inches.

Hay production has been halted for Kay Frye, a small farm owner in Weyers Cave. Frye can't recall the last time her 31-acre farm received a decent downpour.

July 4 was the last time Cave View Farms in Weyers Cave received a good rainfall. Gerald Garber, an owner of Cave View Farms, says that it costs about $600 per day to irrigate his farm.

Farmers say that Stuarts Draft has been hit the hardest in Augusta County.

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