Farmers: We Need The Rain, Not The Storm

Some farmers in the east say they could use the rain from Hurricane Irene, but say flooding and heavy winds would be devastating to their crops.

At Briley's Farm in Pitt County farmers recently planted corn in preparation for their upcoming season.

During the fall they expect thousands to come to their events at the corn maze, so if heavy wind and flooding damaged or destroyed the corn, that could mean they would lose thousands of dollars.

For now workers say they are keeping their eyes to the skies and hoping Irene doesn't cause too much damage.

Other Pitt County farmers we spoke with say they have actually decided to harvest some of their crops early because they don't want to take a chance of losing them.


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  • by annoyed on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    Anyone who thinks that farmers just sit around and collect an insurance check need wise up. Farmers work 365 days a year to put food on YOUR table. People don't realize the amount of money it takes just to operate a farm. It is hateful and ignorant to suggest that farmers are always "unsatisfied" with the weather. An insurance check is not considered a profit. Even with that, the year will still be considered a loss. A few years of drought or hurricanes can easily put the small independent farmer out of business. People sit around criticizing as they are stuff their faces with the poultry and pork that we produce. Oh and just in case you didn't realize it takes corn to feed those animals, and as the wife of a farmer, I sure as heck hope the "weather" doesn't blow that corn down.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:29 AM in reply to annoyed
      I grew up in a small farming community. I saw farmer after farmer have to fold after generations of growing crops. People have no appreciation for the effort it takes to be a farmer and the pride that comes with it. Those of you that think food just magically appears on your table need to think before typing. It is a hard life that depends on many things to be successful. I bet most farmers are up to their eyeballs in debt just trying to survive. You haters need to try growing it all yourselves if you think it is such an easy life!
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        by Bloke on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to
        Everyone may have to if the prices keep going up at the grocery store. I'm sure most of that is from the price of fuel though.
  • by jack on Aug 25, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    You will never see a farmer that is satisfied with the freakin weather, only the new silverado they drive.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 04:54 AM in reply to jack
      And there goes ANOTHER one talking with their mouth full!!!!!
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      by Farmer on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to jack
      ALL and I mean ALL of you who have a problem with farmers, don't eat anything ever again and see how far you get. Because without your farmers you would not have meat, bread,milk, and pretty much anything else you put in your mouth. you just do not understand the concepts of life. Where do you think the meat you eat gets its food from before it is made into what you eat? Where do you think sugar, flour, cornmeal, butter,corn, butterbeans,stringbeans, peanuts, soymilk, soy burgers just about anything comes from. The clothes on your back???? Even if it is imported guess what, it is still a farmer from somewhere. Think before you all open your mouths. OHHH and don't let any food fall out why you are at it. Look at all packages from now on, even oils in some products come from some type of farmers crop!!!
  • by Stan Location: Plymouth on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:01 PM
    Love how people know all about farming, just don't talk with your mouth full !!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    THAT WILL NOT PAY ALL OF THE BILLS. INSURANCE IS JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HELP. IF YOU THINK THAT IT IS SO EASY I CAN PUT YOU IN THE BUSINESS VERY EASY FOR ME BUT IT WILL NOT BE EASY FOR YOU IF IT IS NOT IN YOUR BLOOD.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    don't sweat it, you get paid either way
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      by Farmer on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:08 PM in reply to
      Don't sweat it???? Do you understand what farmers do??? Did you eat today???? It's not all about money!!!
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        by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 04:28 AM in reply to Farmer
        There goes another one talking with there mouth full!!!!!
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          by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:05 AM in reply to
          I think you mean "their".
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