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Rainfall has both good and bad effects on local crops

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'You'll never have a good corn crop and a good tobacco crop in the same year.'

By James Roberts

Local farmers have mixed feelings about the large amounts of rainfall the area has received this year.

Rainfall in Taylor County is 4.45 inches above normal for this time of year, according to Pat Hardesty, Taylor County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. That's both good and bad news for farmers, particularly those growing corn and tobacco.

"Early on, we had too much rain for corn, but now, all in all, we have one of the best corn crops I've ever seen," said Brad Akridge, who grows corn, tobacco and soybeans. "I think the corn crop is made."

Tobacco, on the other hand, saw too much rain in too short a time, he said. Still, more rain is needed.

Read more on this story and others in Thursday's print edition.