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Local Farmers Feeling Negative Effects From Wild Weather

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POCOMOKE Md. -- Between the hot dry summer, and the destruction left behind from Sandy, to say this season has been rough for local farmers would be an understatement. For Coulboune Swift, it's been a trying year.

"It's slowed up harvest it's given us problems causing us to get stuck and we have to be careful where we park our trucks," he tells us.

Farmers need weather that is sunny with some wind to harvest their crops.  Unfortunately there haven't been many days like this fall, which is why they need the farm bill passed by next spring.

Re-elected politicians are pushing for that farm bill to become a reality.

"Most important things like crop insurance which the farmers really depend on from the federal government in order to make sure that during tough times they get coverage," said Representative Andy Harris.

Senator Ben Cardin had this to say:

"Our Eastern Shore got hit hard so we will be there to try and help to make sure we get the strategic help we need."

But for Swift, it may be too late. He's already lost most of his corn crop, and if the weather does not hold up by the end of the month he may lose his soybeans as well.

"We've needed crop insurance the last 3 years without crop insurance it would be pretty bad," he says.

While the next few days are expected to be perfect weather for the harvest, Swift tells us they are worried about more rainfall later on in the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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