The dirt in the foreground of the photo at right is actually not a part of this Watkins Road cornfield — it is topsoil that has run off the field and filled the drainage ditch next to the road.
In addition to severe erosion, the heavy rains have caused costly problems with crops drowning, the spread of fungi and disease as well as fruits and vegetables swelling to the point of bursting.
Farmers should contact their local extension offices to seek help with potential financial relief.
by Clellie Allen
RALEIGH — Farmers and landowners in Wake County who have experienced damage to crops and farm fields from recent heavy rainfall are encouraged to contact the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District at 919-250-1050, or stop by the office in the Wake County Agriculture Services Building, 4001 Carya Drive, Suite D, Raleigh.
It is important for district staff to evaluate damage to crop fields, grassed waterways, field borders, ponds and other impacted areas. State or federal cost share assistance may be available to offset some of the repair cost. Farmers and landowners should contact the district before making any repairs.
Many landowners and farmers have already called with reports of severe erosion, topsoil loss and crop loss. District Supervisors will address these concerns at their next two board meetings in July and August. The board will prioritize the upcoming workload demands to meet the needs of immediate natural resource concerns on the farms accordingly.
For additional information, visit wakegov.com/swcd.