“This is the third real heavy rain we’ve had this year,” said Sirmon, who has only planted sweet potatoes and corn so far. “We’re supposed to be planting peanuts and cotton right now, but it’s too wet for that. You can’t get down. You’ve got to keep on going. You’ve got to have faith. This is how we make our living.”

The story is similar across south Alabama, from Washington County, where farmer Walt Richardson said he had 10 acres of corn underwater, to Henry County, where farmer Thomas Adams said the fields were very wet with standing water.

“Everything we’ve planted seems to be holding up well, but we keep getting farther behind,” said Adams, who is the Henry County Farmers Federation president. “We are blessed to have missed the high winds and tornadoes."

The news is better for Geneva County farmer Jimmy Royce Helms whose current crop rotation calls for 300 acres of peanuts, 150 acres of cotton and 50 acres of corn. The heavy rain washed out a few of his prepared terraces, but he had not planted any seed yet this season.

“We had the fields ready, but didn’t have anything in the ground,” Helms said. “We’re not suffering. It’ll be the middle of next week before we start planting.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Mobile received reports of more than 20 inches of rain during the April 29 storms. Officially, the Mobile Regional Airport reported a record 11.24 inches of rain for the day and monthly rainfall is almost 13 inches above normal.