Valley Farmer Says Too Much Rain Could Damage Crops

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Tropical Depression Lee is already bringing rain to the Valley this week.

And after such a dry summer, many are welcoming the weather. Some farmers, on the other hand, say this much rain in such a short period of time could harm their crops.

Steve Saufley, a cattle farmer from Port Republic, is preparing for the rain by moving his irrigation systems away from bodies of water.

He says some of his corn fields, especially those on lower grounds, are in danger of flooding.

Saufley also helped his neighbors move their irrigation systems on Monday.

He says he remembers when a flood damaged his crops and cattle more than 20 years ago and wants everyone to be prepared for the worst.

While he doesn't think this week's rain will cause too much damage, it is better to be safe than sorry.

"Well these days you never know whether it's just going to be a hard rain, whether we're going to get hail weather, high wind and if you get hail weather and high winds a lot of times a farmer could lose a crop and you're dealing with thousands and thousands of dollars when that happens," said Saufley.

Saufley and other farmers are taking other precautions by moving cattle to higher grounds and cutting corn and other crops before the storm.


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