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USDA Offers To Help South Carolina Farmers

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Donnie Wakefield, Co-Owner of Cowden Plantation Farms says, "Exceptionally high, never seen it this wet before."

Wakefield grew up on a farm and has been a farmer his whole life.

But this Summer he's never seen so much flooding.

"It's been a stressful Summer. You know you got all these crops, you can't spray, you can't get in the field to do any work," said Wakefield.

But help is on the way for struggling farmers thanks to more than two-thirds of South Carolina's counties approved for low interest loans.

"There's a lot of water damage, a lot of flooding damage. I'm sure there's gonna be a lot of people that are gonna need it," said Wakefield.

Wakefield hasn't decided if he is going to apply for a low interest loan due to the damage his crops have suffered.

He has over 2,000 acres, 1,000 of those are cotton. But the recent flooding wiped out a quarter of that.

"We've had probably 250 acres of cotton that we will not be able to harvest. We're having trouble getting our corn out right now. We've been stuck several times. It's a little boggy, a little wet. The river's flooded a couple times," said Wakefield.

For the first time in ten years Wakefield hasn't used his irrigation system once.

And if you think things look dry now, take a look at how much mud his dog Lily got on her after one stroll through the cotton crop.

"One week we had a little over 12 or 13 inches right here in just six or seven days. That's a lot of water," said Wakefield.

Corn and cotton weren't the only crops that got damaged.

"Our peanuts they're not very good. They just don't grow well in mud. They got exceptionally wet, a lot of disease problem with them," said Wakefield.

If Wakefield accepts the low interest loan from the Governor he is going to have to pay it back regardless.

So what's a farmer to do when things get this bad?

"Nothing, nothing you can do, just hope and pray for the best," said Wakefield.

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