Slow, Steady Rain Needed For Farmers

The rain is a welcome sight, especially since eight counties in Eastern Carolina are now under extreme drought, which is the second worst of five conditions listed on the drought map.

Farmers at Stilley and Son Farms in Jones County, which is in the extreme drought category, say their tobacco, cotton and soybean crops are way behind what they were last year because of the dry weather.

Farmer Joe Stilley says they won't know the exact damage until the crops are harvested, but say they're praying for slow, steady, rain spread over a few days to help get the crops closer to where they need to be. They say the recent showers probably saved the tobacco plants, although some are much smaller than they should be, with yellow leaves.

Jones County field crops agent Jacob Morgan says no matter how much rain falls now, it's too late for most corn. But he says a few days of rain should help the other crops get back on track.

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