Hot weather plays havoc on farmers

July 5, 2018

By John Raffel

Hot summer weather, with the occasional rainstorm is expected to have a variety of consequences for area farmers.

“Now we’re turning dry,” county MSU extension agent Jerry Lindquist said. “Now we’re wanting a little bit of rain. But it’s helping with the hay harvest. It’s still the end of the first-cutting hay harvest. It’s been good for being able to put up dry hay. But many areas of the county are getting on the dry side. So we need a good drink of water.”

But Lindquist acknowledged farmers always have to be ready to put up with some type of weather challenge during the summer or any time of year.

“We always want something a little bit better,” he said. “The heat is helping the corn crop. The corn crop is off to a good start. Some of them got planted a little bit late. They’re growing well. The heat thus far is helping the crop get a good root in the ground. If we get rain in July, that could make for a good corn crop in the end. The (farmers) that are blessed with irrigation will start irrigating right not as we go through a dry period.”
Milk prices are still low.

“They’re gradually coming,” Lindquist said. “They need to get higher.”

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