ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Early summer heat and lack of rain are creating major problems for farmers in the area as they try to save this year’s crops.
A rainy spring forced most farmers to plant corn and soybeans one to two months after the schedule, leaving the young plants to cope with the intense heat in June.
“Within a day, the ground suddenly became too wet, too dry,” said Franklin County farmer Terry Schvope. “In some places we could not get seeds in the ground. It was a bit of a challenge, to put it mildly, this spring. ”
Young plants with immature root systems may struggle to draw moisture from the ground during dry periods. As a result, the plant is protected from sunlight, which impairs its ability to grow.
“When this plant is uprooted, it does not receive the sun’s rays to produce the nutrients it needs, but it is basically turned off,” he said. “This will drastically affect the overall yield.”
Schvope said his wheat harvest is ready to be harvested, while the hay is harvested every day to keep it from drying out in the sun. Corn and soybeans can be saved, but rain is needed – and soon.
“We will have to have timely rainfall to prolong it, if we don’t have rain until August, it won’t survive,” he said.
With the cost of investment being three times higher than last year, farmers across the county are working on thin margins. If they are forced to use crop insurance in the event of a major loss, they will suffer a serious financial blow.
“It’s mentally exhausting to always think about ‘what if’ situations,” Schweppe said. “But that’s just the job.”
Experts in the agricultural industry say that if there is a shortage of crops, consumers could feel the effects after the harvest this fall.
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