Farmers Need More Rain

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

First wheat, then corn and now all eyes are on soy beans.

The April freeze really put farmers in a slump and the drought only made matters worse. Now, the two driest months of the year are approaching.

"We've had an inch and three tenths, but maybe a mile from here they've had over two inches," farmer, James Spinks said.

Farmers like Spinks, are thrilled to get the little rain we've had, but it's not enough.

"It's so dry it won't open," Spinks said.

Spinks'' corn may not be as wilted as it was earlier this year, but it usually grows to be about nine feet tall.

"... About three feet over my head," Spinks said.

This year it grew about half that.

"I need this year to be over," Spinks explained.

The rain came too late and after his wheat yield was cut by 60 percent, he was counting on his corn.

"It wouldn't surprise me if corn does worse than that - about 70 to 75," Spinks said.

Spinks' corn was just too far along for this little bit of rain to help, but the timing was just right for his recently planted soy beans.

Spinks said he's done worrying about his corn and is now relying on his soy beans.

"We're going to continue to have to have rainfall to produce anything," Spinks said.

After everything they've been through this year, they still have hope.

"Farmers are probably the most optimistic people out there," Spinks explained, but if he doesn't get the hard rain he needs?

"It will be just like the corn - a big reduction in the yield," Spinks said.

He said some corn crops in the area may be benefiting from the rain depending on when they were planted, but his corn yield will be so small, very little will be sold and most of it will be used as feed.

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