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MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -

Many farmers are itching to get into their fields, but those fields are just too wet and muddy right now.

The cows are  enjoying it, but all the standing water isn't making it easy for farmers to do their jobs.

You'll find lots of wet fields in Mitchell County and  all over south Georgia.

Farm equipment remains parked until the ground dries out enough for farmers to crank up their tractors again.

"It's come really in three massive rain events. We had one the last of March, April and then one this past Friday," says Calvin Perry, Superintendent of C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park.

Perry says right now farmers are in a holding pattern, which he says is unusual for this time of year.

"We usually don't get this much in this few rain events. If we get rain its usually lighter amounts spread out," says Perry.

Perry says the recent heavy rains could affect this year's corn crop. Anyone who hasn't planted corn yet is probably abandoning acres, and  rain predicted for Tuesday isn't improving the situation.

"I think there's a real possibility that our corn total yield is going to be off, gonna be lower in terms of total bushels that we produce. Hopefully the rest of the year will be good."

The ground is still moist from last week's rain, in fact Mitchell county has gotten 10 inches of rain in the last month.

"This pivot behind me was in about a foot of water on Friday, it's a low spot in the field," he says.

But despite challenges Perry says farmers always adapt.

"Like most years the rain will be forgotten in a few months and will be in the middle of the summer irrigating crops."

He says many farmers will probably shift to planting more cotton, peanuts or soybeans.

This month is the fourth wettest April with a little over 9 and a half inches measured at WALB.

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