Rain, rain and more rain for North Carolina farmer Bryan Hagler made 2013 a year of many ‘firsts’, most of which he would like to forget.

Hagler who farms cotton first and then wheat, soybeans and corn in Scotland, Robeson, and Hoke counties in southeast North Carolina, says the rainfall that many are calling a 100-year phenomena, forced him to do things he never thought he would do in his farming career.

He grew up on a family farm and after returning from North Carolina State University, where he earned a degree in agriculture in 1980, he began farming on his own.

“I started with a John Deere 4240 tractor, a four-row planter and a disk. I had to pull the disk to the field with the planter, and we would disk a while, then plant a while. If somebody told me I’d have to do that today, I’d just have to find something else to do,” he says.

Over the years Hagler has built up his farming acres and has added things like a grain handling system for his storage bins, slowly building his equipment as he built his farm acreage.

Over the years, he says he has seen his fair share of weather related farming problems, but nothing like this year.

Coming off last year, which had almost ideal growing conditions and producing good crops, he was more excited than ever about planting this year’s crop.

By April the wheat crop he planted the previous fall looked great and with adequate moisture, he got his corn and cotton planted and all looked right in his world.

“We had some fields that were a little too wet, but nothing out of the ordinary,” he says. Then the rains started. From May until August, in Scotland County N.C., as in many areas of the Southeast, the rain just didn’t stop.