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Rain storms send a blessing to farmers


S

aturday's
severe weather left its mark, but it also left a blessing for Horry County farmer William Johnson.


"W

e got about a half an inch of rain here

," said Johnson. "D

own the road at
Allsbrooks, I think they got closer to an inch."


With thousands of acres filled with tobacco, corn and soybeans, Johnson

was willing to take the bad with the good

.



"

I

was tickled.
I was happy to see the rain yesterday," said Johnson.


T

his year's crop has gone with the ebbs and flows of the season

, he said.


A

t times

,

it's rained too much when storms last
the entire week, and at other times, it hasn't rained at all.


B

ut
Saturday's rain fell at just the right time.


"T

he later corn has kind of struggled and maybe some of this rain will help it."


E

ven though the rain hasn't been great on his crop this year, he's not complaining because it's much better than last year.


"I

have never seen a year like last year in my lifetime.
Last year was just really dry and hot."


Around t

his time last year, the
Department of Natural Resources listed Horry County as in a severe drought.


T

his year,
Horry County is in an incipient drought, the initial stage of drought status.


But while he's glad to see his crop turning, he's still not satisfied.


H

e'd like to see it rain a little more.



"

W

e keep getting the rain.
I think we'll have a pretty good crop of soybeans."


G

ambling with every row he plants because, like every farmer, he's forever at the mercy of mother nature.

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