Recent rains keeping Pender County farmers out of fields

A waterlogged corn field north of Burgaw in Pender County (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County crop expert says the county has received 12 to 15 inches of rain in the last two weeks and now corn farmers are struggling.

Pender County Cooperative Extension Director Mark Seitz says farmers would usually be out in the fields applying fertilizer right now, but the wet weather is keeping them indoors.

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He says every day they can’t get in the fields negatively affects potential yields.

Unfortunately, there’s not much farmers can realistically do until the fields dry up.

“In some cases, they might go invest and try to get an airplane to apply fertilizer, but that’s pretty expensive,” Seitz said. “For the most part, it’s just a matter of hurry up and wait and wait for the weather to break and dry out enough that they can get back on the fields and fertilize.”

Seitz says many soybean farmers still have not gotten those seeds in the ground yet.

The excessive rainfall can also be harmful for Pender County blueberry farms.