Excess rain killing field crops


Tommy Barbee is a fifth generation farmer in Cabarrus County. "It's just one of those years, probably one of the worst I've ever seen as far as losing crops because of the weather."

Barbee's potatoes are just one of the disasters left behind by the seemingly endless summer rains. One half of this crop has rotted in the field. Leaving behind mushy carcasses that are barely fit for the compost. Even if the tuber does make it into the harvest bin, Barbee says half of what does will end up rotting too.

That adds up to big losses for area farmers. Wheat, soybeans, and watermelons are also feeling the effects of the soggy summer all across North Carolina. "It hurts everybody. It hurts all the farmers around and as the end result it hurts the consumer," says Barbee.

While the rain-rotted crops will lead to higher production costs for farmers , state agriculture agents say it may be too soon to see the prices go up at the grocery store.

And at Barbee's farm, not everything has been withered by the weather. Corn, peaches, and tomatoes are making a good crop this year. It's a gamble that Barbee says they take every year as farmers. "We deal with the weather the good lord sends us and do the best we can with it."

Though they could probably do better with a little less rain.