NO RAIN AFFECTING FARMERS’ CROPS ACROSS ALABAMA

By WVUA 23 Reporter Amanda Hull

As the heat wave continues in Alabama, some farmers across Tuscaloosa County are struggling to save their crops. Joe Anders, owner of Anders Farm in Tuscaloosa is suffering the effects of no rain in Tuscaloosa.

“Soy beans aree maturing really early,” Anders said. “There’s a lot of soy bean pods on the vine but there aren’t going to be many beans in those pods. There is not enough moisture to fill them out to full maturity so it’s probably going to cut our yield in half.”

The drought means it’s not just farmers suffering. Fewer crops mean potential price hikes grocery stores around the country. But for Alabama, the next month is always extremely dry, so farmers are still waiting on relief.

“October is our least amount of rain fall and we are heading into October very quickly. That is our least amount of rainfall month so that’s not looking good for our farmers, our land owners and wherever as well,” said Tuscaloosa County Extension Office Director Neal Hargle.

 

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