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Rain Causes Problems For Local Farmers

Posted at 5:35 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 17:35:50-05

PARIS, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Bourbon County farmer says he fears rain may hurt his crops if it continues to fall at the same rate as last year.

Garey Farms grows vegetables and hemp, according to farmer John Garey. At this point, Garey would like to see green in his fields, instead there’s mud.

“It would’ve been good to have a cover crop down to keep the soil erosion down and organic matter up in our soils,” Garey said.

And if the rain continues, he said, it could delay the planting of crops.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to change a whole lot. it looks like we’re setting up to be another wet year,” Garey said.

That could hurt customers seeking local produce, he said.

“There’s more of a demand and then the weather makes it harder to increase production to meet that demand, he said.

But there’s still hope that the rain could let up as the year continues, he said.