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Feb 28, 2014 9:31 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Farmers, ranchers rejoice over rain for crops and animals

Many people on the Central Coast are rejoicing over the much needed rain, including farmers and ranchers who rely on the water for their crops and animals.

"We'll take as much as we can get," said Dan Sutton, the general manager for Pismo Oceano Vegetable Exchange.

Mud and green crops is a good sign of a steady return. Friday's shower was a day for these farmers to rejoice.

"We're very happy that it's here, again, we are hopeful that this is a change in the pattern and that we're going to see more of this moving forward," said Sutton.

Sutton said the drought has set them back. The lack of rain in the soil can change the quality of their vegetables. But, this storm is helping to get them back on track.

He said, "You can see that the ground is saturated. It's taking up a lot of the moisture that's fallen today, so this will probably be ready in about 65 to 70 days for harvest."

Sutton said if the clouds don't continue to pour in the next few weeks though, it could be back to the struggles of square one.

"If we don't get more rain, I mean we're still going to be facing drought conditions," said Sutton.

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