Farmer talks about challenges after rainfall

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The recent rain fall is causing a headache for many Magic Valley farmers.

KMVT’s Rachel Fabbi took a look at the delicate relationship farmers have with Mother Nature and what it means for their success.

At Giles and Meyers Farms, their crops could be in danger because of the recent rain.

Giles and Meyers Farms manager Jared Giles explained the relationship farmers have with rain.

"Farmers, we're a little bit of a different breed. Just because we spend all summer during the growing season is, we spend all summer praying for rain, then it gets to harvest time, and we spend all harvest praying that maybe it will hold off on us for a little bit,” Giles said.

Giles explained the challenges not just their farm, but others face with the rain.

"So when it gets wet like this, it's hard on machinery, its hard on men, usually we can’t dig as fast, we can’t get the crop out as fast. Things are a little bit heavier," Giles said. "So it puts strain on the machinery, we usually end up having to work longer hours, because we still have a certain time frame that we have to get everything out."

The farm has a goal of getting every crop harvested by Halloween, but out of their 6,800 acres, there's still a lot to get done.

"I've got 1,500 acres of corn left to thrash, 1,200 acres of beets left to get out, and I've got one pivot left, or 130 acres of potatoes,” Giles explained.

And right now, it's all up to the weather if they can be done on time.

"If Mother Nature decides that she wants to help out, I figure about 24 days and we could be done,” Giles said.

That would still put them past their goal, but they're ready to roll with the punches.

"Mother Nature doesn't wait for anybody, and she decided to deal us this, and this is what we have to deal with,” Giles explained.

And if they don’t get their harvest finished, it could lead to a drastic change.

"If we don't get it out, we don't get paid. And so all of our, everything we put into them our time and effort, money and everything else is just a lost cause,” Giles stated, “And so it could be the difference between farming another year or not.”



 
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