Wet Fall Season Leaves Farmers Worried

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- It has been the wettest fall on record.

Not only have we seen flooding from all the rainfall, but it has also affected the agriculture in southern West Virginia. Agriculture is in the top 3 economic revenue in the state of West Virginia. The rainfall has also affected the farming community.

We talked with Rick Snuffer, a farmer at the Snuffer and Sons Farm in Raleigh County to see how the rain has affected his business.

“And then we turned in late July August September October to some of the wettest months in maybe in history. And it’s really made it impossible to harvest our crops and our hay. Also even though pasture fields look like they’re growing well, they’re so wet that the moisture is in everything. The cows haven’t gained as well” said Rick Snuffer.

Snuffer and Sons Farm will have to reseed majority of their fields due to the rain.


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Matt Bullock is currently the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for WOAY-TV Matt Bullock has always dreamed about becoming a meteorologist since he was 5 years old. He would draw the 7-day forecast on a wall made out of chalk paint that his mom painted for the family to use. Growing up his role models were Greg Fishel on WRAL, his older sisters, and his parents. Matt loves all kinds of weather including; hurricanes, severe weather, and snowstorms. Matt grew up in Cary, NC. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a bachelors of science in earth and environmental science with a concentration of atmospheric science in June of 2018. He is a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He completed an internship at WRAL in Raleigh, NC during the summer of 2017, winter of 2017, and summer of 2018. Matt moved to West Virginia to take his first job as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter at WOAY. You can find him on the weekends at 6 and 11 pm at WOAY-TV When Matt isn’t working he enjoys watching sports. His teams are the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and his alma mater Charlotte 49ers. He also enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends and family. He is always keeping his eyes on the skies as he is keeping up with the weather three times a day. Have any tips or weather questions? Email me mbullock@woay.com