Recent rain impacting local farmers

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- The rain has been falling down for days in the Triad.

The ground at Mock Wood Farms has soaked in two inches of rain as a result of the continuous downpour in the Piedmont.

“They talk about stressful jobs. You ought to be a farmer because you have to deal with getting the crop out, getting it in and then dealing with Mother Nature,” said farmer Randy Mock.

One of the crops he grows is tobacco. Four of his 19 tobacco acres are located at a farm in Forsyth County on South Main Street. Mock says this tobacco season, which runs from May until early November, has been pretty dry.

Mock says his tobacco acres would’ve benefited from all the rain if it would’ve come at the start of the growing season.

“This is the most rain we’ve gotten all season,” Mock said. “I don’t really see where it’s helped me any at all because it’s come too late.”

With only a few weeks until the end of growing season, Mock and his workers are trying to strip the plants so they can be cured. But the recent downpour is slowing them down.

The ground is wet and soaked, causing workers to limit the amount of large bins they can haul through the field on a tractor. Typically his workers haul two bins at a time, but because of the wet conditions, workers are only hauling one to avoid the bins getting stuck in the ground.

The ground conditions are expected to get wetter. More continuous rain is in the forecast, starting tomorrow.

“Just makes it harder for us to get through the field,” Mock said.

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