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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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