SUFFOLK--What has fallen from the sky the last few months has affected what's growing in the ground at one Hampton Roads farm.
Joseph Barlow manages his family's Cotton Plain's Farm in Suffolk, and says the wheat crop has been suffering since the beginning of winter.
"My wheat was planted just prior to Hurricane Sandy and as soon as it was planted we got saturated soil right at the start. Conditions haven't improved to overcome that initial setback," said Barlow.
A lot of moisture slows the growth of wheat and it softens the soil, preventing farmers from using heavy machinery to spread fertilizer on crops.
"By the time it dries out, just enough to get something done, we get a big storm again,” said Barlow.
During a typical year, Barlow's farm yields 90 bushels of wheat per acre, but thanks to continuous snow, sleet and rain, they're down to just 60.
If conditions do not improve that could be a loss of at least $2,000.
Farmers are left crossing their fingers as a storm approaches this week.
"There's not really much we can do, we can't put a wall up and stop it so we have to take what comes," said Barlow.
The wet weather does have some perks. Farmers say it replenishes the soil and that will help spring crops.
However, if the weather does not dry up a little bit farmers may be delayed in getting those crops in the ground and that could prove even more damaging to their bottom line in the fall.