Heavy rains bring good & bad news for produce prices

(FOX19) - Some of you may be tired of the rain, but many farmers are welcoming it.

There's reason for people to embrace it, as well.

Agricultural experts say you could be paying less for produce this year, especially for something like corn. Experts say this year's corn crop is nearly perfect.

"This time last year, we were dry. All the grass was brown, 100 plus degree temperatures," said Jerry Brown Boone Co Extension Agent.

"Crops they don't do well when it's hot and dry and a hundred degrees, especially for as long as it was last year," added farmer David Weber.

For farmers like Weber, he and his family have already seen an above average yield on their sweet corn.

"It's been beneficial. I think compared to last year we're in a much better position here," said Weber.

Brown is the extension agent for agriculture in Boone County, and he says as many farmers continue to have a bigger crop, the prices at the grocery store could go down.

"Anytime there's an oversupply, prices are going to tend to go down. When there's a shortage, the prices go up," explained Brown.

As for other produce, Brown says beans are a little bit more sensitive to rain and last week's rainfall totals could present problems. He says there are other vegetables that also fall in this category.

"Maybe like a pumpkin crop or cucumbers. Vining crops tend to get powdery mildew," said Brown.

According to the USDA, corn in good or excellent condition is currently 68%, compared to only 40% last year.

As unpredictable as weather can be, you have to be prepared for anything.

"This year it's much more moderate, even below average but as we go through time, it always averages out," said Brown.

"We'll just see how it goes. I know we're getting a lot of rain now, but a month from now, it might be a whole different story," said Weber.

Brown says last week's rainfall was excellent for sweet corn farmers, but ideally, they'd like to see an inch of rain every week.

As for how long it may take for prices in produce to drop, consumers would likely see that towards the end of the year.

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