Stories tagged with: Drought

August 13, 2012 - 4:13pm
2 years 37 weeks ago

It's been a rough summer for farmers, but help is finally here.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Muskingum Morgan Farm Service Agency for two programs.  County Executive Director Bill Huston said funds are available for drought and wind damage.

"You need to have suffered at least $1,000 of loss," said Huston.  "In the drought situation that would be if the water supply that we're going to develop will cost you more than $1,000 then...

July 25, 2012 - 5:35pm
2 years 40 weeks ago

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...

July 12, 2012 - 5:17pm
2 years 42 weeks ago

The drought is taking its toll on area farmers who are struggling to save their crops from the dry weather.

Near Crooksville, Neil Cherry of Cherry Orchard has been busy irrigating many of his crops including blackberries, peaches and apples.

He said the lack of rain is causing some of his apple trees to quit growing and is sending them into a dormant state.

Without immediate help from mother nature, it's only a matter of time before things go from bad to worse.

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