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Crops doing OK after heavy rains

Crops doing OK after heavy rains

(Columbus) -- Your garden may have received more rain than it needed in the past two weeks, with a new record set for consecutive days of rainfall, but how about farmers, whose livelihood depends on the right weather?

Joe Cornely, senior vice president of corporate communications for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, tells WTAM 1100 "Most farmers would tell you they'd rather have too much rain than not enough, but I think they've had enough."

Crops need rain to grow, but if there's too much rain, that rain can be standing in fields. Some crops can actually be stunted if there's too much standing water. Cornely says this is also a critical time for wheat farmers, who are at their harvest season, a harvest that will be made difficult by standing water in the fields.

Cornely says Ohio's corn crop has been growing quite tall thanks to the wet weather, but he says Wednesday's round of storms brought high winds that knocked down quite a few of those tall corn stalks. He says soybean and hay farmers may have problems with getting out into the field because of excess rain.

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