Record Rainfall Damaging Produce Crops

The heavy rain we've seen
over the past month is washing money down the drain for Loretta Adderson.

Loretta Adderson, Owner of Adderson's Fresh Produce says, “Just think, if you
were to get your paycheck cut three-fourths, what would that mean to your
household?”

Adderson grew up farming
this land with her father and she says you won't find many organic produce
farmers that don't want rain-

But lately it's been too
much of a good thing…

Loretta Adderson, Owner of Adderson's Fresh Produce says, “Everything that you
do if you do it in moderation it's good, but if you do too much of it, that's
not good and that's what's happening with us as organic farmers.”

The standing water across
the CSRA is not just causing sinkholes-

It's damaging these
vegetable crops-suffocating them with waist high grass.

It's been coming down in
record amounts at Bush Field–nearly 11 inches in June alone–quite a big
difference compared to last year's total of less than three inches.

That breaks the old record
of over ten and half inches set back in 2004. It's a one hundred and forty year
record.

Too much rain makes End Rot
disease ruin fresh squash-

Now it's unsellable and
that means five to ten thousand dollars to come out of Adderson's bottom line.

Loretta Adderson, Owner of Adderson's Fresh Produce says, “That's fuel, that's
labor, so everything is gonna cost more and we're still not making as much off
the crop that we had the year before.”

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