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Alabama crops impacted by heavy rain


SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama farming officials say an unusually wet June has negatively impacted crops and created planting delays.



Communications Director for the Alabama Farmer's Federation Jeff Helms tells the Selma Times-Journal (http://bit.ly/13uXrZ2 ) the rain has delayed wheat harvesting and has kept some farmers from planting soybeans. Officials say other row crops, such as peanuts and cotton, have also been impacted by heavy rain.



Helms says the excessive rain has also made it harder for farmers to get fruits and vegetable crops to the market before they spoil. Helms says excess water can cause fungus in melons and has led to peaches, blueberries and apples cracking open because they've absorbed too much liquid.



Still, Helms says most farmers would rather deal with too much water than too little.



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