Farmer Says "A Dry Year Is Tough, But A Wet Year Will Break You" - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Farmer Says "A Dry Year Is Tough, But A Wet Year Will Break You"

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DAGSBORO, Del. - Torrential downpours, Friday, might've put a damper on some people's vacations, or just their Friday in general, but for farmers, whose lively hood can wilt or blossom based on the weather, all that rain meant a whole lot more.

Paul Parsons says "a dry year is tough on you, but a wet year will break you."

That's just what Paul Parsons from Parsons Farms says he could be facing after heavy rain flooded homes and destroyed crops across Delaware.

The fields of squash and watermelon had started to dry when WMDT was out at Parson's Farms Saturday morning, but Paul says just a few days of rain can kill weeks of work.

"Any time you have a submerged plant, they're not getting oxygen, and that's going to damage these vines, and these will probably just die right away," says Parsons.

But isn't "rain" exactly what farmers need?  Sort of, says Paul.

"Yeah, everybody comes in the market and says 'you guys are doing good with all this rain' and we're like 'ah, we got a little too much'."

As we walked through the fields, Paul told WMDT, Friday's storm dropped about nine inches on Parsons farm, the most he's seen since 12 inches poured down in 1989.

Parsons says this storm, in terms of rain, was worse than Superstorm Sandy for the farm, "and the timing wise, it was July and that's when everything is growing in its peak, and we did not need this right now."

But Paul says he's not one to complain because weather is one of the few things he knows is out of his hands.  So, while he waits for the waters to subside, Paul says he hopes for one thing...

"What would be good for us right now?  Sunshine."

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