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Rain Causing Problems For West Virginia Farmers

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We have all heard the saying: "April showers bring May flowers".

But for 2013, it's more of April showers bring May showers as well as June, July, and August showers, too.

It may seem like we are constantly hearing how rain is a good thing. But how much is too much?

"The Farmers are having it tough because we are in August now. August they say is dog days. It's supposed be hot. But we had rain. Now we are going into September, your cooler months. Those cooler months aren't going to allow the hay to dry," said Alice Young, farmer.

For Alice Young and her family, farming is a big part of their lives.

All of the rain has caused farmers to lose their first cutting of hay, which is a big financial hit.

"I have a 100-acre farm. If we didn't have the hay, we wouldn't have cattle. You can afford to grain them all winter. You can't keep giving them grain. You need the hay too. If you have to buy the hay, you're going to go in the hole," Young said.

The fields are flooded, the hay is rotted, and even farmers are having to go to each other for hay.

"It takes one. Everybody helps each other. When everybody starts doing that, there will be a lot less loss and you'll get blessed in return," Young said.

Young said she knows you can't control Mother Nature, but she and her neighbors really need some help.

"We lost 27 round bails. 800 pounders. We've only got 20 in the barn. We usually put out 200. We aren't even through yet," she said.

Over the next couple of weeks, Young will be handing out books to her neighbors.

She encourages everyone to contact the West Virginia Department of Agriculture for help with this problem.

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