Farmers Welcome The Rain

Curled up corn leaves and dry, dusty fields. That was the scene last week on farms across Eastern Carolina.

Thanks to this weekend's rain, fields were able to quench their thirst. The rain provided much needed moisture to crops such as corn, soybeans and tobacco.

Farmer Mike Gay, who owns 2,000 acres near Walstonburg in Greene County, says regular rain showers are essential for his crops, especially during the warmer months. But, for those in the agriculture fertilizer business, the rain comes as a mixed blessing. Too much rain can mean they can't get in the fields.

Peak season for spring fertilizing runs from March until the beginning of June, then picks back up again in November.