Wet Weather Delays WV Planting

Farmers across West Virginia haven't been able to plant their crops because of wet weather.

Department of Agriculture spokesman Buddy Davidson tells the Charleston Daily Mail that about 45 percent of the total planned acreage has been plowed this year. That's about half the typical acreage.

Davidson says about ten percent of the state's corn crop has been planted. Normally, about 43 percent of the crop is planted by now.

John Payne says he normally would have 15 acres of corn and 8,000 tomatoes planted. This year, he has a half-dozen acres of corn and 3,000 tomatoes planted. Payne runs Payne Produce near Point Pleasant.

Davidson says there's still time for planting. But farmers could see losses if the wet weather continues.

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