Corn, soy bean farmers hope forecasted rain gives crops a boost

DELMARVA – Plenty of farmers in the region are hoping that those scattered storms in the forecast for the coming week come to fruition and deliver some much needed rain.

For Danny Hammond, who raises corn and soy beans in Willards, this week could prove to be critical.

“If it don’t come in a week, you come back here and that corn will look awful.”

And with every passing hot, dry summer day, Hammond could see a loss in profit.

“Every dry day doesn’t get water, it’s just less bushels per acre, less bushels per acre,” Hammond said, estimating that every day without rain means a minimal loss of $1,000 a day.

Andy Holloway, a partner with Baywater Farms, does not invest in corn or soy beans, but knows the farmers that do are hurting.

“Corn or soy bean, they definitely need some rain here coming up. And I think we have it coming in the next couple of days.”

But for other farms that deal mainly in produce, like Holloway, this year’s lack of wet weather has been a welcome sight. He says profits are expected to be up 30 percent, exclusively because of the dry and hot weather.

“We can control the rain by irrigation, but we can’t make it stop. So over the past four years, we’ve had way too much rain. So this had been sort of a return to normal.”

But for farmers like Hammond, with starving corn crops, a week of decent rain can make a world of difference.

“You’d come here and it would be just a different place. You start smelling the corn, when it’s growing you can smell it. And the soy beans, they would be perking right up.”

we have seen less rainfall than normal in Salisbury for 6 of the 7 months this year thus far.

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