FARMERS FEEL THE PAIN AS EXTREME HEAT KILLS CROPS

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West Alabama saw another hot day, and the constantly high temperatures are not only affecting people everywhere, but also farmers’ crops.

Generally, there is a fall and spring harvest, but farmers are now having to replant everything after dealing with extreme heat indexes. Besides going back and re-growing everything to ensure good fresh produce, they need to be up early in the morning to harvest every other day.

“Corn is gone,” local farmer Arlene Peters said. “If you get any that is fresh, you’re going to have to go to a Birmingham farmers market up on Finley (Avenue) to get it. I mean, right now, it’s just not doing anything, its so dry.”

Peters said if farmers do not replant, crops will dry up more quickly than they normally would.

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