Dry Weather Damaging Crops

by Kelly Choate on June 7, 2012 at 6:27 am

The hot, dry weather is bad news for farmers in our area.

Extension Educator Mark Mechling said corn, soy bean and hay crops were all planted in a timely fashion, but the lack of rain is creating a stressful environment.

"As we head into the weekend, the temperatures are going to be near 90 degrees, and that stress will be amplified without that moisture," said Mechling.  "Until we get some rain, we’ll continue to see some of these signs of stress in the crops."

Mechling said it’s easier for vegetable and fruit farmers to use irrigation systems, but crop farmers are at the mercy of mother nature.

"Farmers are good at controlling what they can control and knowing what they can’t control," said Mechling.  "They’re busy making preparations in terms of the second cutting of hay and applying fertilizer to crops, so it’s not like they’re waiting for the rain.  They’ve got plenty of other things that they’re doing."

Mechling said he doesn’t expect to see yield reductions yet, but that could change in the future.