MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Across Baldwin County it’s harvest time. But in the words of one farmer, getting crops out of the soggy fields is a nightmare. If it doesn’t dry out soon, some crops may not be harvested at all.
BALDWIN FARMERS FLOODED OUT
Corralling cows is difficult and messy at the best of times. Now, factor in knee-deep mud created by weeks of rain and the difficulty factor goes way up. Farmer Jimmie Fidler said the excessive rain has done him no favors this year.
“When we can’t get it we pray for it and hope for it. Then when we get too much we try to send it back but you can’t, you just can’t send it back,” Fidler told us.
As messy as it is, though, his grass-fed cows are the one profitable part of Fidler’s farm this year. The yields of his crops are down by 30 percent, if he can even get to them to pull them up.
“There’s water everywhere,” Fidler exclaimed. “It’s not doing the cotton any good and the peanuts are molding because they’re too wet. I don’t know anything that looks real good.”
Fidler got lucky in one of his peanut fields. He managed to pick the peanuts before the worst of the rains, but his equipment wasn’t so lucky. There was an ATV left behind, stuck in the mud up over it’s wheels.
“It just can’t keep doing this,” Fidler said. "We’re going to be sunk.”
Fidler isn’t the only farmer worrying over soggy fields. Across Baldwin County you can see where a farmer harvesting a crop ran into standing water and was forced to give up.
“Prices don’t mean anything. If it’s $50 a bushel and you can’t get them to the market, you ain’t done nothing,” Fidler exclaimed.
Fidler figures he can salvage more of his fields, if he can get some breaks in the rain. If not, his profits will drown with his peanuts.
Southern Baldwin County has received around 30 inches of rain over the last two months. That’s more than twice the normal amount.
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