Weekend Rain Helps

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Lenoir City, Loudon County (WVLT) - Despite recent rains, water restrictions continue in Lenoir City and farmers say they need more but the weekend's rains did have a bright spot.

Lenoir City School officials say plans to sprig the soccer field have been on indefinite hold because of the drought.

With an August first deadline for delivery, they gambled and sprigged late last week and the rains have paid off.

After delaying the planting of Bermuda grass because of the drought and an August 1st delivery deadline, Lenoir City School officials were starting to believe they had lost nearly six thousand dollars worth of grass sprigs for their soccer field. But last week they took a chance and planted those sprigs, a chance that might just pay off.

"So it came just in the nick of time that we were able to run the sprinklers at night enough to keep it dampened and rains that have come here recently have helped us a tremendous amount,” says Wayne Miller from Lenoir City Schools.

But the rain over the last week is starting to make lawns look good again.

"It's pretty nice right now. Now, I couldn't say that two weeks ago." Lenoir City has water restrictions that officials say will have to stay in place. For Rick Chadwick, his usual seventy dollar water bill this time of year with water restrictions is a bright spot. "Now this last month or two it's been like 25 dollars"

For a local soybean farmer, he had to plant behind a late wheat crop.

"That put us ten days late on planting these beans and these beans are running for their life to try to beat the frost that's going to come here this fall,” says Don Bailey, soybean farmer.

Bailey says the week’s rain has brought another enemy in for the beans. "In here today spraying, trying to kill these weeds to keep the competition down from that so those beans can grow as fast as they can. I'm just hoping and praying Mother Nature sends us some more water."

If there has been any bright spot to the drought, bailey says it would be his wheat crop.

Although the yield was down due to the early frost, bailey says the lack of rain has kept out a lot of the disease you can see when there is an abundance of rain.


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