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Flooding ruins crops for some Baldwin County farmers

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ELBERTA, AL (WALA) -

David Eckman said his farm in Elberta saw more than eight inches of rain over the last few days.

"I was prepared for a heavy rain and it was a little more than what I expected, but it wasn't what we had last year. That was a total loss on the crops. But this year I think we'll make out,” Eckman said.

He said he lost about 40 percent of the yield on crops like squash and cucumbers due to the persistent standing water and the sheer force of the rain, which beat down other plants.

One of Eckman's fields which he sometimes uses for crops completely flooded, which he said would've ruined anything growing there.

"Sometimes the low spots are good when you have a drought because you got moisture in them. You got to weigh things out and it all comes to a head one way or another. And I'm happy that I didn't plant that field this year,” Eckman said.

Michelle Forland was selling some of her family's crops in Foley when she spoke with FOX10 News on Wednesday. She said the rain forced her family to gather up all of their broccoli, ready or not.

"Once it rains, it gets real hot and humid and that tends, we have broccoli growing, it makes it bloom faster and we have to cut all of our broccoli that we have in order to save what we can,” Forland said.

Strawberries are also a hot commodity for the Forlands. Michelle said the rain took an even bigger toll on them.

"It rains for so many days and you can't get out there to pick them and all you can do is let them sit there and ruin,” Forland said.

Back on Eckman's farm, there are worries that if the rain goes on for too much longer, Baldwin residents might start feeling it when they go to market.

"It might affect the price of things if we get a real long rainy season, it will affect the price on local produce,” Eckman said.

He said he hopes there won't be too much more rain and that it won't upset the produce market noticeably.

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