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Rain -- but not too much -- good for planting season

Farmers are keeping a close eye on the rainy forecast, especially since it's planting season. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Farmers are keeping a close eye on the rainy forecast, especially since it's planting season.

John Ottinger, USDA district conservationist for Haywood and Madison counties, said the steady rain is good for crops, so far. But, he said, if too much rain comes at one time, farmers will be concerned with run off and some erosion and sedimentation of mountain streams.

Ottinger said too much rain could also delay cattle producers in planting their feed corn. But, right now, the fields need the moisture, he said. It's all a matter of the amount of rain and in what period of time it falls. Right now, farmers are hoping to stay on schedule, he said.

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