Hot, dry conditions are taking a toll on area crops

Hot, dry conditions are taking a toll on area crops. // WSBT 22

No rain no gain.

Hot, dry conditions are not ideal for our area farmers.

The weather is taking a toll on the crops.

May and June were moist, but July has been the opposite.

Farmers are already experiencing crop losses.

Marshall County farmer Robin Roberts says he’s lost about 10-percent of his field corn crop.

That combined with the lower price of corn adds up to $30,000 in lost income.

He says other area farmers are likely experiencing deeper potential losses of 15-percent of their total.

Roberts says every week we don’t get rain, losses can plunge for him and other farmers even further.

“We have to be careful when we pray for rain. Everybody does that and then we get a ton! No, keep praying for rain. Everyone needs it right here,” said Robin Roberts, farmer.

Corn needs more than an inch of water per week to thrive.

To get that done, his irrigation systems have been running for 25 days straight, longer than any typical growing season.

It can cost a couple thousand dollars in electric per month to operate them.

That’s a big difference in added costs compared to last year when he didn’t have to run them at all.

A significant rain this weekend could mean millions of dollars of savings in irrigation costs for farmers.

While farmers are feeling the financial pressure, it’s likely consumers won’t see a significant boost in prices in the short term.

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