(WBIR - Rutledge) Too much of a good thing is not always a good thing. That's what farmers are saying after East Tennessee's recent deluge has hurt some of their crops.
In Grainger County, the tomato crop is seeing the ill-effects of the excess rain.
"Cracks them up, but doesn't hurt them to eat," said farmer Darrell Stratton.
The 57-year-old said he has not see this much rain since the mid-1980s.
"The more rain you have, the better it is for grass crops: your corn, your pasture. But a drier year is better for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and things of that nature," said UT Extension agent Anthony Carver.
All that fallen water has caused many tomatoes to overgrow, cracking the skin and losing some of their quality. It has also caused the chance for some diseases to form in some tomatoes too.
"The rain will cause a lot of bad spots on a tomato, some specks, some cracks. Makes it less desirable as far as the way it looks," Carver added.
The Extension said they could see as much as a 25-percent reduction in profits from tomato sales this year in the county, all thanks to the rain. With the upcoming Grainger County Tomato Festival, farmers hope they can still see some green from the red.
"We do expect to have plenty of tomatoes for sale. Those tomatoes may be less desirable as far as the way they look," Carver added. "As eye appeal, they'll be a little less than what is desirable as years past."
As far as the tomato goes, farmers hope for a little more dry weather in the future.
"You can put the water to them, but you can't take it off of them," Stratton added.