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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.