Heavy rains cause woes for farmers - WSMV Channel 4

Heavy rains cause woes for farmers

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Crops throughout Tennessee and Georgia were hit hard these past few days by the rainy weather. 

Local business owners say they will now have to place their orders out of state. The additional cost they incur are fuel prices, the truck and driver.

The added fees will reflect the price local consumers pay for their fruits and vegetables . Many shoppers didn't seem bothered paying the extra dollar or two extra. 

Those affected the most are the local farmers that depend on selling their crops.

"The weather dictates to the market what we can sell. It's not a good week when the rain pours non-stop," local farmer Robert Brown  says.

Linda's Produce store owner Terry Ramie said, "The tomatoes I got last night went up two dollars a box. We should be picking Tennessee tomatoes now but due to the cool damp weather and the rain they couldn't get the plants in the grown."

A few local farmers say the majority of their crops are flooded because of the heavy rain, which they consider a total loss.

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