Heavy rain during spring season impacts crops at Crabtree Farms
Several counties in Tennessee have been designated as primary natural disaster areas after heavy rainfall earlier this year.
The rain significantly impacted the Spring crops at Crabtree Farms in Hamilton County.
Assistant Greenhouse Manager Andy Boyd said they were forced to push back several of their Spring crops this year.
While certain crops like greens, lettuce, and kale were delayed, others were never planted.
"We had no spring carrots this year," Boyd said. "One of our favorite crops are carrots and because of all the rain they never actually got planted into the ground."
This isn't the only farm that experienced a significant loss of crops due to rain this year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making emergency loans available to 31 counties in Tennessee.
Producers who suffered losses caused by prolonged, excessive rain and flooding that occurred during May 1, 2018, through Feb. 25, 2019, for the crop year 2018, in Hamilton County, Rhea County, Polk County, Meigs County, and McMinn County are eligible to apply for these emergency loans.
It's an opportunity that might not be available for the Crabtree Farms.
"We can apply for grants and funding and things like that being a nonprofit but some of those government assistance programs were not eligible to get," Boyd said.
He said they are working to grow extra summer crops like tomatoes and berries, to make up for the loss.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Feb. 25, 2020.