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Farmers and Gardeners Need More Rain to Save Crops

By Brittany Patterson
By bpatterson@wbbjtv.com

Thursday night's rain was music to farmers' and gardeners' ear.

"I just stood at the door and watched the rain," said nursery employee Adam Cyr. "I was so thankful to see it."

Cyr said it has been a tough spring at the nursery. The month of May brought only about two inches of rain, leaving the area more than 10 inches below normal for the year.

"We need a lot more," said Cyr. "I think we got maybe a little less than a quarter inch here at the nursery."

That small amount help, but it was not enough.

"They're just - they're dying for it. They're dying for it," said Cyr. "They get watered at least twice a day here throughout the day, and then the overhead system runs at night. But it's just not enough."

Even though they are being cared for on a daily basis, some of the more sensitive plants have suffered because of the recent hot temperatures and lack of rain.

"You'll see them wilting down, especially hydrangeas will wilt down pretty quickly. Azaleas will as well," said Cyr. "They really need to have adequate water."

He hopes that water will not have to keep coming from the wells.

"Rain water from above is always the best water," said Cyr. "I'd take an inch a day for a week if we could."

McKellar Sipes Regional Airport reported 2.05 inches of rain for the month of May, making it the ninth driest May on record for Jackson.