Hot Weather Causing Concern For Local Farmers

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

The hot weather is also causing some concern for farmers, who in some ways are still recovering from last year's extreme drought.

It hasn't been long since it rained across the region, but as temperatures soar into the 90s, farmers say they are on edge, waiting to see what Mother Nature will do next.

“It has been almost a week now without rain and I am wondering as hot as it is getting we will probably end up with a lot of drought later on,” says Bea Baker, a local farmer.

“We had about a half a crop last year and it does not look good this year so far, it is getting hot and dry already,” says Robert Day, another local farmer.

Laurel County Agricultural Agent Glenn Williams says last year's record drought left a lasting effect on many eastern Kentucky farmers.

“Last year was pretty hard with that freeze then we went after the first of May we didn't get hardly any rain…maybe an inch for May, June, and July,” says Williams.

Williams says he has talked to many farmers who say they are holding back their hay supply because they are not sure what to expect next. Despite that, Laurel County's Agricultural Agent says he's hopeful Mother Nature will be kinder to the region this year.

“We are off to a good start, I like to be optimistic and you know we just hope that the Lord will bless us and give us some rain and we will be okay,” says Williams.

“It is getting tight too, and like I said I just wonder if we are going to be able to come out and how many farmers is still going to do it next year,” says Baker.

Farmers say they just hope it rains sooner than later.

Farmer bakers says so far her crops are in pretty good condition, but she can't say the same about her water bill.

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