Dry Weather Continues to Worry Farmers

by WHIZ Reporter on July 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

The concern has been high for farmers worried about losing their crops with the lack of rain.

Zanesville Farmers Market President Mark Barnhart said the dry weather continues to create problems with locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Barnhart said some crops can get by without the rain, and those items were in full stock at today’s farmers market.

"It’s too late for the potatoes and a few things, but zucchini, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, depending on what stage of development they were in, it’s helped a fair amount, There’s a few early things, early cucumbers and pickled cucumbers that it was just too late for," said Barnhart.

Barnhart added that the sweet corn crop has been severely hurt as a result of the dry conditions, leading some local farmer to create irrigation systems to salvage what they can.

"A friend that I get my sweet corn with has spent a lot of money irrigating sweet corn, probably $2000 on his electric bill to irrigate it," added Barnhart.

Barnhart said that irrigation alone doesn’t replace natural rainfall, but additional rain that comes with irrigation is helping to save some crops.