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Heavy rains damage Franklin County crops

Posted May 2, 2014

— Heavy rains across central North Carolina caused extensive damage to crops, especially strawberries. 

Farmers at Vollmer Farm in Bunn said more than three inches of rain fell in an hour earlier in the week, damaging their crops. 

"All of our ponds flooded into each other. Our entire back of our farm was flooded," said farmer, Russ Vollmer. 

According to a state agronomist, the flooding damage is not wide-spread on farms across the area. 

In the case of Vollmer Farms, 5,000 pounds of organic strawberries were damaged by the downpours. 

"You can't prepare for this type of devastation," Vollmer said.

The farmers took to social media in attempt to sell the damaged berries at a discounted rate. 

The damaged berries sold out. 

"I feel blessed. I feel blessed right now," Vollmer said. 




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