Local farmer reacts to the rainfall this week

Glenn Hawes has owned Historic Hawes farms with his family for many years, and he says his farm desperately needed the rain.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 6:58 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 9:03 AM

REDDING CALIF.- The rainfall this week is a welcome sign to many farmers who were affected by the drought. Action News Now spoke to one farmer who says the rain is not only good for his crops; it’s also suitable for his animals.

Glenn Hawes has owned Historic Hawes Farms with his family for many years, and he says his farm desperately needed the rain.

“We need the rain any time we can get the rain, especially what we had in the last two to three years; we need the rain, but timing is good for some things but not quite good for others," Hawes said.

Hawes Ranch has a pumpkin patch with a corn maze, bumper cars, food stands, and a lovely train ride for the little ones, and this week is supposed to be the busiest for the farm. 

“This would have been a huge weekend here for the Halloween celebration, and it may yet, and Saturday doesn’t look too bad, and I hope people come out and enjoy it,” Hawes said.

Meanwhile, Hawes says the drought’s forced him and his family to make some changes to how they worked the farm this year.

“The hay crops this last year, and the pastor crops were short, so it will be a blessing if we can get some good grass for those cattle and not have to import hay from a long way," Hawes said.

Hawes tells Action News Now, his family farm has two significant events in October, their haunted ranch and the Walnut Festival.

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