Drought Taking Its Toll On Area Farmers

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

We've seen little rain in the mountains this summer and the drought is really taking a toll on people who depend on the land to make a living.

Its simple, your crops can't grow without water.

"Beans, cabbage, and all that stuff needs water," said Leslie County Farmer Kelly Rice.

Eastern Kentucky farmers need it to rain, but it has been awhile since the region has seen rain. The National Weather Service reports three to six inches above the normal average of rain fall is necessary for the drought to end but until that happens, farmers have little options.

Some crops make it, others don't, and the ongoing drought is forcing farmers to make adjustments. Owsley County Farmer Betty Roberts says there aren't many things you can do, but hope to be lucky.

"We were lucky. We were next to a creek bank and I guess the moisture from the creek seeped in the beans, cucumbers and tomatoes and stuff and kinda saved us over," Roberts said.

But other farmers aren't so lucky.

"This year has been the worst drought for raising stuff," Rice said.

The National Weather Service reports it's likely we'll see rain in the next three months but even with that, drought conditions will persist.

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