Recent rain could affect NC farmers’ crops, ability to harvest

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The recent rain is affecting everyone from drivers to farmers.

At the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, farmers are watching the weather.

While they say the rain is welcome after a dry summer, some worry too much rain all at once can cause problems for crops. The rain can lead to mold or rot.

Johnston County farmer John Allen said if the rain continues, it may be too much of a good thing.

“We needed more spread out instead of all at one time,” Allen said.

It can also impact farmers’ ability to harvest their crops.

“The fields get muddy you can’t get people out there you can’t get stuff out there and then when you can’t get them out there and it gets too big or it starts to rot,” Allen explained

Farmers aren’t the only ones hoping for some drier weather.

Drivers across the Triangle are also getting frustrated driving on wet roadways. And those wet roadways can be dangerous.

“People seem to not know how to drive in the rain actually so it’s very annoying,” said Taylor Strickland.

AAA offered the following tips for driving on wet roads:

  • Replace your windshield wipers and check your tire pressure before heading out.
  • Use your headlights in the rain.
  • Drive at a slower speed and increase your following distance and do not use your cruise control.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the recent rains have not had a significant impact on any road construction projects.

Although some lane striping may have to be delayed slightly, contractors build in time for weather delays.

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