Storms dumped more than a foot of rain in south Alabama and put Alabama farmer Bert Driskell at “a dead standstill again.”

Driskell, who farms in south Mobile County, says, “With these last two rain events we’ve gotten about 13 and a half inches of rain, and it all came so fast. We can’t get into the fields to do anything.”

Soaked soil has planters parked waiting for ground to dry out. Driskell usually is finished planting corn by now, but he currently has less than 50 percent in the ground. He had just fertilized his planted corn, so Driskell fears he may lose some of the expensive input costs invested in the crop. He’s also facing a time crunch to finish planting corn so he can move on to peanuts and cotton.

“We probably have about 20 percent of peanut crop planted, but this delay will tighten up the time we have to get the rest of it done,” Driskell said. “That makes it tough at harvest time, too, since we can’t spread out harvest over several weeks like we’d prefer.”

Sessions Farm, also in Grand Bay, is well into its spring vegetable season and began harvesting cabbage last week. However, some fields, including a large field of squash, were partially submerged Tuesday.

“Our vegetables have been taking a beating the past month with cold weather and now the rain,” Jeremy Sessions said. “I don’t think the crops are going to be nearly as good as we hoped, but you never can tell. We had to replant our peas because the flood last week rotted them out. It’s been brutal this year.”

Part of the sweet potato crop at Sirmon Farms in Baldwin County was washed out. Farmer Joel Sirmon said 10 acres were under up to a foot of water.