Heavy Rains Spell Trouble for Local Farmers

By Stephanie Parkinson

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM EDT

WOODBURN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Heavy rains are spelling trouble for local farmers. Last year they faced a drought, but this year they have a very different problem.

Obviously plants need water to grow, but the problem now is they have too much water. Some farmers are actually losing spots of crops in their fields because of standing water.

Roger Hadley is a farmer in Woodburn. He says, right now, the crops are in need of hot weather and sun. He says the optimum temperature for crops is between 75 and 85.

At the same time, Hadley fears drought-like conditions, because the root systems on the crops aren't very deep. He says that's because water has been so plentiful this season.

"It's really too early to say what this crop will do. If the weather would be good the rest of the summer, we would get the right proportion of rain, right proportion of sunshine, we're going to be smiling good, it's going to be, it should be better than last year's crop. If we have dry weather we could be hurting worse than last year," said Roger Hadley II, Owner, Hadley Farm.

Hadley says they really need the perfect recipe of weather to ensure a good yield. He is hoping for hotter weather in the next few weeks.

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