Heavy rains causing issues for local farmers

Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 11:32 PM CDT
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STERLINGTON, La. (KNOE) - From Hurricane Laura to the rain this past week, recent weather is hurting productivity for farmers right here in Northeast Louisiana.

“It just slows you down. It takes longer to get the same thing done which takes money and time,” said Gary Mathes.

Gary Mathes is responsible for harvesting 3500 acres of cotton this year.

Currently, wet and muddy conditions have prevented his crews from harvesting crops. Mathes said other local farmers who grow corn and rice are facing the same problem.

“It’s the same thing with any crop. Once it gets wet and muddy, it’s just harder to get,” said Mathes.

Mathes said they managed to collect 1500 acres over a 6-day period before the storm.

He said the best-case scenario is that they get enough sunlight Friday to get back on schedule by next week.

“Before the storm we were picking cotton from midnight to 1 o’clock every night that we could because the wind was blowing and it was cloudy with no dew. But it’s just not enough hours in the day to get it all,” said Mathes.

Despite the challenges, Mathes said he’s excited to see what the rest of the harvest season will bring.

“The old saying goes, you got to make hay when the sun shines and that’s what we do,” said Mathes.

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