Record rainfall has pros and cons for farmers

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

If you feel like you've noticed more rain this year than last year -- you're right. This year is the wettest year on record for Lexington -- breaking the previous record set back in 1935.

But how has all this rain affected farmers? For Stephen Fister, of Bi-Water Farms, it has been great. "The crops performed very well, we did not have to irrigate nearly as much as we use to do," explains Fister. When it gives you enough dry days in between rains its fantastic."

Making for good crops and great pumpkins however, there is one thing the heavy rainfall does negatively impact. "It affects the plants a lot -- when its raining in April no one wants to buy plants to put in their garden cause they'll just get ruined."

The rain has been pretty even throughout the year except for in April and November-- which were the wettest April and November on record. With April being prime time for folks to work in their gardens, that's when the rain isn't beneficial to farmers like Fister. "It affects our resale value on our plants -- if no one is buying then we aren't selling."

Fister says he'd take this years rainfall over any. "Overall, I would have just the same thing again this year than any other year," he said.

At last check the rainfall in 2011 in Lexington was at 66.33 inches -- the last record was over 65 inches set back in 1935.


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