“Recent rains will help our irrigated corn, in that we will probably not have to water it any more this year,” said local farmer Irwin Bagwell, who also serves as the chairman of the Floyd County Commission. “Most of our dry-land corn (non-irrigated) is too far along in maturity for the recent rains to help.”
He and his brother grow corn and soybeans on their Vanns Valley farms.
Floyd County is behind in rainfall totals for the month of July, according to the National Weather Service.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, 2.26 inches had fallen for the month. The normal month-to-date rainfall is 2.51 inches.
The county also is lagging about six inches behind the average amount of rainfall for the year, due to the dry spring.
The normal amount of rainfall for the year is 30.79 inches but the county has only seen 24.67 inches, according to the NWS.
“We’ve lost so much water that our water level is down,” said Floyd County farmer and former Pepperell High School agriculture teacher H.I. Jones. “Will this rain help? I don’t think it could hurt. Anything to stop the dryness.”
But the news is not all bad.
Bagwell said the recent rains have been good for his soybeans.
“Our soybeans still have the potential to make an excellent crop, if we don’t go through any more dry periods for the next two months,” Bagwell said.
While the rains are helping the crops, there is another effect that rain has, Jones said.
“I think it helps attitude a lot, too,” Jones said. “It makes you think, ‘maybe there is a future.’”
Farmers may see some more rain this week.
The National Weather Service is calling for a 30- percent to 40-percent chance of rain every day this week.