Drought conditions impact farmers


Little River County gets some much needed rain, but local farmers say it isn’t enough.They say this drought is different.

Dark clouds and puddles of water bring hope to local farmers but Chas Davis warns they’re not in the clear.”We got three inches of rain last night,that’s going to help for sure, but we’re going to have  more to follow,” Chas Davis, farmer.

Farming has been in the Davis family for more more than 100 years. Chuck Davis says this is the worst drought he’s ever seen this time of year.

“This is the earliest we’ve had a drought. Seems like the droughts are getting to be the norm now days, we have droughts pretty regularly. We’ve never had one in May and June,” said Chuck Davis, farmer.

So far irrigation is getting them through, but it’s not easy.”When you’re trying to make man made water we run ourselves ragged. Everybody all the farmers. That’s all they’re doing right now is chasing water,” said Chas.

The Davis’ add if they don’t get more rain it could be detrimental.”We have to have hae for the cattle for the winter , so if we don’t get the rains to continue to get the hay going to bail .We’re either going to have to sale cattle or bring  hay in from other places and if we don’t get anything on the crops. Then their not going to yield. We’ll have a pretty good loss  there,” said Chas.

At this point the Davis’ say all they can do is pray for more rain. Experts say July, August and September are usually the driest months of the year.

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