More than 260 farmers in Lafayette County battling to stay afloat — nearly literally — as record rainfall and flooding following an already-wet spring threaten to result in total crop loss for the year.
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Wednesday morning, on a day when Clarence Brent might normally be heading into his second cutting of hay grass, the best he could hope for was to knock down the dead grass and weeds that were the only products of weeks of periodic rain and saturation.

“Trying to get this trash off there so it can grow a little grass,” Brent said between passes on his tractor. “We got so far behind with all the rain that everything died.”