Posted June 5, 2003
WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Feast for famine, the exact opposite.
Benny Barham's done just about all the idle work he can do on his Wake County farm.
He should have finished planting soybeans by now. But soggy fields have forced the work to wiat and the planting rig to sit.
"I' oplabted seven acres, the wheels that back the soybean in are just caked with mud," he said. "So we had to stop doing that."
Last year, Barham struggled to keep his crops alive, watering seven days a week.
Many of the crops didn't make it.
Last year, farm irrigation pinds were completely dried up. The parched bottom was showing.
This year it's overflow it.
My daddy always told me that A dry year would scare you to death, and awet yeart would runn
Through it all, Barham has stayed optimistic.
"We survived the drought, and we'll survive this," he said.