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Rain a blessing and a curse for farmers' crops in Tennessee

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Jennifer Harrell harvests okra in her half-acre garden in Apison. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press Jennifer Harrell harvests okra in her half-acre garden in Apison. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Rain is a tricky thing for a farmer — too little and the crops die. Too much and the crops die.

"I've lost a crop because things have been too wet," said Jennifer Harrell, a small-scale farmer at Fresh Green Farm in Apison. "And then the cool weather seemed to slow down the corn, the okra and some of my beans because it just hasn't been as sunny and warm as we typically have."

But, she adds in almost the same breath, it's better than a drought.

"The nice thing is you don't have to water and you're not worried about drought conditions," she said.


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