RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- When thinking of hurricanes, most of the time, the focus is on flooding, wind damage and other negative impacts.

But Hurricane Ian actually had a positive impact on Virginia’s farmers, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

In a release, the VFBF says the storm brought beneficial weather for drought-stressed field crops, hay and pastureland in parts of the Commonwealth.

In some Virginia localities, the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s crop report said the hurricane produced three and a half inches of rain.

Soil moisture levels increased dramatically, helping with moisture shortage in topsoil and subsoil.

For topsoil, a 32 percent moisture shortage dropped to just eight percent while the 27 percent shortage in subsoil dipped to 22 percent.

VFBF says moisture in Virginia’s topsoil now stands at 91 percent adequate or better while the subsoil is 77 percent adequate or better.

Matt Hickey, a farmer in Augusta County, says he desperately needed rain, and now that he has gotten some, it’s a good time to plant some cover crops.

“In our general area, most people got anything from about one and a half to three inches of rain,” said Brad Dunsmore, another Augusta County farmer. “Our ground soaked it all up, and it was a great rain for us. It’s been a great boost.”

On the other hand, the moisture affected cotton and peanut crops in Dinwiddie County, but Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Mike Parrish says the disturbance was minimal.

After Ian, VFBF says the Commonwealth’s cotton crop is at 78 percent good-to-excellent condition and 99 percent fair-or-better, while the peanut crop is 71 percent good-to-excellent and 99 percent fair-or-better.

“We hate to talk about storms being a benefit,” Parrish said. “But, when you get into a drought like many of us did, people really were looking for a tropical storm to just barely come through and throw some rain our way. We’ll take what we got. We definitely benefited from the moisture.”

As of Thursday, most of Virginia is seeing no signs of drought. Counties experiencing abnormally dry conditions include parts of Charlotte, Lunenburg, Prince Edward, Appomattox, Buckingham, Nelson, Goochland, Louisa, Spotsylvania, Carolina, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond City, Prince George, Charles City, New Kent, King William, King and Queen, Essex, Richmond, and Westmoreland City.

Moderate drought conditions are also being reported in Accomack and Northampton counties.