'Million Dollar Rain' not enough for local farmers
CALLOWAY, Ky. — Monday's rains seemed neverending as folks were sent running for cover. Mike Burchett, as it turns out, was hoping it would not let up.
But, just one inch later, it was over.
"It'll probably give me a week," Burchett guessed of his crops surviving.
Monday's rains are being called by some the "Million Dollar Rain." It is a term some farmers use to describe the rain that comes right as the corn is beginning to pollinate, the rain that could make or break them for the season.
While area farmers like Burchett said they are grateful for Monday's rain, it was not enough to "make" the season.
County Extension Agent Todd Powell said he was relieved to get the rain. But he said Tuesday it was now a waiting game for the next two weeks, when most crops will be harvested.
"We just kinda wait and see what happens," he said. "We will make a crop. The question is how much of a crop we'll make."
Marshall County's Extension agent Lincoln Martin reported anywhere from three-quarters of an inch to one and a half inches rain throughout his county.
Still, he said, his county's farmers are hopeful.
"I think the relief is what my producers are feeling now."
So, too, is Mike Burchett, for now at least.
"Right now, it looks good. Next week at this time, I don't know."
Area farmers told Local 6 they would need at least an inch of rain per week for the next month for their crops to thrive.