Monday, August 5, 2013

Excessive rain in US southeast causing millions in crop damage

Seed Daily via UPI: While half the United States west of the Mississippi River is in drought, the Southeast is getting too much rain and it's damaging crops, officials say.

Rainfall totals in many areas of the region are 20 inches above normal, and produce that grows close to the ground or on vines has been heavily damaged, farmers are reporting.

Sam Crenshaw, who grows watermelons in Cordele, Ga. -- self-described "watermelon capital of the world" -- said half his crop is ruined, with a million dollars in losses.

"It's the wettest year I've seen," he told CBS News. "I've never seen a year this wet."...

Watermelons shot by Steve Evans, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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