How Recent Dry Weather is Hurting Local Farmers

- Cherry Valley- It’s the time of the year when rain is needed for soybean growth, but as you can see, we haven’t gotten much of it lately in the Stateline.

Cherry Valley farmer Earl Williams was hoping for nearly fifty bushels of soybeans per acre, but this lack of rain doesn’t have him too optimistic.

Williams says “we’ve been in the middle of a flash drought for the last month in a half where we’ve had high temperatures and not much rainfall and soybeans yields are really gonna take a hit from what we expected in July.”

Dry weather has pushed the price of soybeans up two dollars. It is now nearly fourteen dollars per bushel. Farmers say the high price is still not compensating for lost crops.

Williams says “most of us realize that we’re not going to get the yields that we had anticipated, and I think the yields may actually be less this year then there were last year.”

The dry weather has affected Stateline corn as well. Farmers say ears are not as long as they should be. That means less corn to sell.

Williams says it’s too early to predict how the drought will hurt his pocketbook, but he’s prepared for whatever comes.

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