Hanna Helps Farmers?

By: Philip Townsend Email
By: Philip Townsend Email

After a dry summer, Tropical Storm Hanna appears to be heading towards the Valley. Farmers in Augusta County say the expected rain could be too much of a good thing.

Augusta County Farmer and Board of Supervisors member, Gerald Garber, says, "It's kind of like back ordering stuff. You back order and you back order, then they send you three loads. That's sort of how the rain is."

Garber also says there isn't much farmers can do to get ready for Hanna.

He says, "You don't prepare. If the corn is ready to chop then you chop. If it's not then, you just leave it. If you are going to worry too much about the weather, then you are in the wrong line of work because Mother Nature is always trying to sneak up on you."

Hanna is expected to gain strength as she travels from the Bahamas to the Atlantic Coastline. However, Garber says it may be too soon to start worrying.

He says, "They're so unpredictable. There is no point to worry. When they say it's five hours away, then I will worry. It won't do any good but I will worry then."

This year, Augusta County farmers have seen a crop loss of 42 percent. If Hanna's rains aren't too overwhelming, farmers are hoping to get needed relief from her showers.

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