Half-cut fields of silage corn and rows of wet almonds were left in the wake of rainstorms that moved through Merced on Sunday and could continue for a couple more days.
The rain, which also brought thunder and lightning to the area Sunday night, put a halt to silage harvest, brought alfalfa growers trouble and will cause some almond farmers to make extra trips to their orchards.
Silage, which is being harvested now, can only have a certain amount of moisture when it's cut. Alfalfa growers are mowing their eighth cutting, and any hay on the ground will have to dry out before it can be baled.
"If alfalfa gets wet, it degrades the hay, lowers quality and lowers the price," said David Robinson, agriculture commissioner for Merced County.
Raisins also took a hit from the storm, although the county has very few acres compared to counties to the south, such as Fresno and Madera.
"Most of the raisin crop in the county has already been picked up," Robinson said. "A couple of growers had to roll the trays to keep the raisins dry."
Almond growers who have their crop on the ground in windrows may have to turn the nuts to help keep them dry, Robinson said.
"Taking equipment back through the orchards is an additional cost to the growers," Robinson said.
Almonds also have to be dry before they can go to a huller, Robinson said. Orchards that are planted on heavy clay soil may end up with some pooling of water, especially if the rains go on for a while.
Jeff Barlow, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said the rain could continue through Wednesday night.
Barlow said there's a 30 percent chance of rain today and Wednesday. By Wednesday night, the chance of showers should drop to about 20 percent, he said.
"This is all part of the same system," Barlow said. "It's stationary over us; that's why it will linger on for a couple of days."
By Thursday, the skies should be back to bright blue and the temperatures should be in the 80s by Saturday, according to Barlow.
Over the weekend, Yosemite National Park experienced 1,220 lightning strikes, starting at least 13 fires. The park's fire management is waiting to identify which fires will continue to burn in the ongoing wet weather.
Despite the rain hurting a few crops, there are some happy growers out there.
"The rangeland guys should really be liking this rain," Robinson said. "It will help bring the grass up in the hills."
Reporter Carol Reiter can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.