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Local crops waterlogged after days of rain

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Drought is not the case this summer.  For more than a week, rain has held steady and for some area farmers, enough is enough.

"It's really mired us up because everything is wet and saturated," David Ruhlig with Ruhlig Farms said.  "We have lost a fair amount of produce but it's all part of the game."

Ruhlig Farms is 1000 acres of crops in Monroe County, everything from bell peppers and tomatoes to collared greens and kale.

David Ruhlig says this summers wet weather has made business as usual a little more difficult.  At this point, his employees have to hand pick some veggies daily because the ground is too soggy for the tractors.

Last year at this time, area farmers had the opposite problem.

Severe drought spanned over most of the Midwest, destroying soybean and corn crops.

"Everyday we prayed for rain, so the good Lord was a little bit slow in answering us," Ruhlig said.

While he says the drought was no picnic, it was easier to deal with than the constant rain.

"We get much better quality crops with drier weather and we can put the water on as needed but we can't take the water off."

Ruhlig says tomatos and bell peppers will suffer the most at the hands of all this rain.  At this time it is unclear how this weather will affect prices for consumers.

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