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Rainy weather may cost wheat farmers thousands

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PEMBERVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Local wheat farmers have been hit especially hard by the rainy weather lately. They stand to lose thousands of dollars if things don't dry up.

One farmer in Pemberville says at this time last year, all 30 acres of his wheat fields were harvested.

"Right now, they're still pretty soft to touch, you can cut right through them," said Roger Burchin, owner of Burchin Farms.

But Burchin says you shouldn't be able to do that at this time of year. The kernels should be hard as rock. This lowers the quality, which could cut down on his expected income.

Even though this year's harvest has been delayed, Burchin says consumers shouldn't notice any spikes in wheat prices at the stores. He says the delay is an aggravation to farmers.

"I always say farming is a lot like going to Las Vegas," he said. "You pay your money and take your chances."

Burchin says all he needs is two days of sunshine to harvest his fields. By mid-July, if his crops aren't cut, he's looking at looking at losing thousands, but it's too early to tell how badly his crop has been damaged.

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