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Record Rainfall Damaging Produce Crops

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The heavy rain we've seen over the past month is washing money down the drain for Loretta Adderson.

Loretta Adderson, Owner of Adderson's Fresh Produce says, "Just think, if you were to get your paycheck cut three-fourths, what would that mean to your household?"

Adderson grew up farming this land with her father and she says you won't find many organic produce farmers that don't want rain-

But lately it's been too much of a good thing…

Loretta Adderson, Owner of Adderson's Fresh Produce says, "Everything that you do if you do it in moderation it's good, but if you do too much of it, that's not good and that's what's happening with us as organic farmers."

The standing water across the CSRA is not just causing sinkholes-

It's damaging these vegetable crops-suffocating them with waist high grass.

It's been coming down in record amounts at Bush Field--nearly 11 inches in June alone--quite a big difference compared to last year's total of less than three inches.

That breaks the old record of over ten and half inches set back in 2004. It's a one hundred and forty year record.

Too much rain makes End Rot disease ruin fresh squash-

Now it's unsellable and that means five to ten thousand dollars to come out of Adderson's bottom line.

Loretta Adderson, Owner of Adderson's Fresh Produce says, "That's fuel, that's labor, so everything is gonna cost more and we're still not making as much off the crop that we had the year before."

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