Farmers scramble to save crops from drier fall season
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jeremiah Hatcher
TUSCALOOSA – Tuscaloosa hadn’t seen any measurable rainfall over the past month. As a result, farmers are looking for alternate ways to keep their crops alive.
According to National Weather Association, Tuscaloosa saw 2.17 inches of rainfall in September, which is about an inch and a half below the average 3.86 inches. The last rainfall in Tuscaloosa was Sept. 11.
Neal Hargle with the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office said the drought could significantly impact fall crops. Although the summer crops are stable, he said he fears fall crops could be in danger.
“Many of our summer crops are starting to slow down and phase out, ” said Haggle. “But our fall crops are starting to get in the ground. So we’re in that in-between time, so we may not have as much product because of the lack of rain and the time-lapse caused by the drought.”
Haggle said farmers using alternate watering systems face heavy bills.
And without rain, farmers are forced to use techniques that could be pricey, which could delay planting.
Haggle said some farmers might be using a system called plasticulture, meaning planting crops with sheets of plastic to try and conserve more water in the soil.