Farmers Dealing with Near Drought Conditions

By: Dan Guthrie
By: Dan Guthrie

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- This Summer's dry spell could have a major effect on crop production in the Stateline.

"Since April 15th, we've had less than two inches of rain here at our farm in two months. That's way below average," Bernie Walsh, Farmer, said.

Walsh is one of the few Stateline farmers to have an irrigation systems says he is lucky he has only had to use it once and while a dry July could turn into an expensive July in terms of watering his fields it could be a devastating July for the others.

"It's pretty amazing how good the corn looks with the lack of rainfall that we have had. But I think we are setting ourselves up for a pretty bad time. If we have a lack of rainfall in July it could turn real bad real fast," Walsh said.

Most fields normally see an average of 7.82 inches of rainfall from mid April to mid June, however, this year they have barely seen a third of that amount.

Brent Pollard, Farmer, says "Farmers are the biggest risk takers in the world because they plant a crop at the beginning of the year and throw the dice and hope everything works out for them. Since I've been a farmer there have been some tough times, but it hasn't been too bad but it's just risk and its one that we take every year and hopefully it goes out well for us."

Compared to past years new developments within the corn seed allow it to thrive even through periods with little rainfall. But if this pace keeps up, it could mean lower yields and in turn higher prices anywhere from the grocery store to the gas station.


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