Farmers Hope To Make Up For Losses After Last Summer's Record Drought

By: Brett Baldeck Email
By: Brett Baldeck Email

"Things are going to be coming in a little bit later than last year. I know strawberries are about a month later this year than they were last year," says Kinsner.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - This time last year farmers felt helpless as a drought and near 100 degree temperatures took a toll on their crops.

"Everything is up to the weather. The weather runs our life," says Vickie Fishburn of Clark Landing Nursery.

Under the shadows of threatening skies, growers at the Bowling Green Farmers Market say this season is off to a solid start. It's a far cry from last year when a devastating drought wiped almost everything out.

"We lost I would say at least 70% of our corn," says Fishburn.

Fishburn and her husband have a nursery and farming business. That means double the trouble if the weather doesn't cooperate. They say this season has brought plenty of rain, which could make up for loses from last season.

"A little bit later in planting with the rain and all but it looks like it's going to be actually a much better year," says Fishburn.

Farmers say the difference can be seen in the fields. This time last year plenty of crops were turning brown, but this year there is plenty of green that farmers hope lasts until the end of the season.

"Having to irrigate last season, this season we haven't had to irrigate yet. We are getting just enough rain to keep things wet," says Dan Kinsner from Summer Garden Memories.

Farmers say consumers should notice better Kentucky proud produce at local markets. The only difference this year is a change in harvesting times.

"Things are going to be coming in a little bit later than last year. I know strawberries are about a month later this year than they were last year," says Kinsner.

Growers say it's not much of a delay at all. Crops are actually on a normal schedule this season thanks to average temperatures this spring.


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