Extreme heat, drought conditions taking toll on farmers


by Tyler Druin


Posted on July 7, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 7 at 7:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WHAS11) - - The hot, dry conditions are impossible to ignore for farmers here in Kentuckiana and its hurting their bottom line.

Local farmers brought what they could to the farmers market at Beargrass Christian Church in St. Matthews on Saturday.

This is the second-largest farmers market in the state.

Every Saturday, 60 regular vendors show up with their produce, plants, flowers and crafts.

The extreme heat mixed with a lack of rain for the past month has made farming very difficult and it's affecting their crops.

Mike McGuade of Gallrein Farms in Shelby County, Ky. said “It’s withered some crops. The softer crops like the squash and green beans and things like that are really struggling; tomatoes have really struggled, as far as produce. And the soy beans and some of the alfalfa crops have been hurt as well.”

James Jackson of Jackson Produce, in Borden, Ind. said “Well it pretty much shut everything that I do down, except for the greenhouses. I'm still growing hydroponic tomatoes. I'm hoping that we cool off and get some rain in time to get some late stuff out.”

Farmers say their livestock has been affected too because of water shortages.

Their profits will be hurt because they've lost so much of their crops and because the irrigation systems needed to keep the crops they do have alive and it is costing more.