Alberto's Impact on Local Farmers

Louis Bishop has been farming for 54 years. On this day, he drops off a batch of black eyed peas fresh from the fields.

In his farming days, Bishop has seen his share of sunshine, storms, and damaged crops. Bishop says the lack of rain is really hurting this year's harvest.

"It makes, it won't mature up. It can't mature, can't grow, corn falling in the field. "

While some farmers are smiling because of mother nature's delivery, others are crossing their fingers, hoping for a relatively quiet hurricane season.

Matt Mobley says right now it's cantaloupe season, and downpours could be too much of a good thing.

"They were actually doing fine. Rain kind of dilutes the cantaloupe, takes the sugar out of it, so it makes it a little less sweet."

Farmer Bishop, on the other hand, would like to see more rain.

"Still dry. It's going to be dry in a few days. Just like it was if we don't get some rain in this part of the country. We need it all over part of south Georgia and Florida too."

Whether it's drought-like conditions or heavy storms, farmers say it's something they've learned to deal year after year.


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