Heat Takes Its Toll on Crops

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

The sweltering heat doesn't just feel unpleasant; it's causing real problems for farmers who are struggling to grow their crops.

But that didn’t stop crowds and farmers from gathering in the Old Market Saturday to sell their crops.

Terra Hall and her husband grow crops out on a farm in Waterloo, Nebraska. She says the triple-digit temperatures this season are making growing much more of a challenge.

“Things like beets and leafy greens if you don't water them on a regular basis, they just get too hot and start to go to seed and you can lose hundreds of dollars in a single vegetable,” says Hall.

She says they haven’t had to raise prices yet and instead are sticking to crops that can handle the heat like carrots and green onions.

“It’s like a dance,” says Hall.

“You really have to dance with the weather and the conditions and just adjust anytime you can.”

Donna Welchert runs a farm just north of Omaha and says the hot weather is diminishing her yields.

“Crops are suffering a lot, we're just having to water crops as we can, when we have water available we're putting it down in drip line,” says Welchert.

Welchert says if the hot weather continues she'll have less product to sell every week.

“The last two years have gone in my mind as the worst we've ever had probably,” says Welchert.

“Last year was the bugs and the moisture we had so much rain we didn't know what to do with it and this year we have no rain and the heat.”

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