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Lack of Rain Taking Its Toll on Person County Crops

Posted July 8, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— If you think the recent outbreak of hot, dry weather has taken a toll on your lawn and flower beds, imagine what area produce and livestock farmers are dealing with.

Person County is home to impressive rolling farmland and a variety of crops. The problem this growing season however, is that not enough rain is hitting home. Couple that with several above 90-degree days, and some of the crops are showing it.

Farmer John Foushee says some of his leaves need water. When they don't get it, they roll up. If the leaves get some good rain, they'll open back out and make a good crop. All hope is not gone yet.

Not gone yet is an important point. Despite the dry heat, many crops are still strong. But to stay strong they need a little help from mother nature.

Agriculture Agent Derek Day says some below 90-degree days would help. But he says rain is needed in the next 10 days before the situation becomes critical.

Actually, it's the spring cold snap that's still having the most impact. Some farmers got their crops in late. Foushee's tobacco field is about a month behind schedule. The hot weather can have an impact on livestock too. The hogs don't eat as much in the heat and yield can be down. In that situation, a drip system is set up. Sometimes a little bit of water can go a long way.

It's been hot and dry all over. But, most farmers say an increase in rain, and a decrease in temperature will turn things around.