Planting at standstill in south Alabama after rain

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – More than a foot of rain that fell on parts of south Alabama has created more planting delays for farmers.

Members of the Alabama Farmers Federation say that saturated soil has brought planting to a stand-still in many of the state’s southern counties as farmers wait for their fields to dry out.

Bert Driskell of Grand Bay in south Mobile County, says he is typically finished planting corn by now, but he currently has less than 50 percent in the ground.

The farm group reports that the story is similar across south Alabama, from Washington County, where farmer Walt Richardson said he had 10 acres of corn underwater, to Henry County, where farmer Thomas Adams said the fields were very wet with standing water.

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