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70 percent of the U.S. is suffering from mild to extreme drought conditions. Source: Small farmers struggle as drought kills vegetables Fruit and vegetable farmers throughout the Midwest are struggling with unusual heat and a once-in-decades drought. Chris Covelli planted 1,000 zucchini seeds on his farm in Wisconsin this spring. Only a quarter sprouted in the parched soil. A few weeks later, he planted 1,000 more and doubled his irrigation. Nothing came up. Covelli said “the only way to fight back is with hard work (and) more plantings, more irrigation, different crops.”

Bob Borchardt lost most of his greens, including chard and kale. To make ends meet until his tomatoes come in, he asked people to sponsor his fields. That raised $5,000. Unlike farmers who grow corn and soybeans, vegetable farmers don’t have insurance to cover them in case of drought.

Hang onto your checkbook and credit cards, food cost will surely increase 5 to 10 percent this Fall and Winter.

Not from the USA. Please leave me comment about your home town and country.

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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9 responses to “Home Backyard Gardens And Americas Farmers

  1. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog; yours is very interesting! Hope you don’t mind me writing a bit about it on one of my next posts?
    I feel so guilty, though, as I read your posts. We’re hogging your rain (and Ontario’s, too, by the sound of it.) The last few springs have been so wet here in southern Sask, local folks’ basements were flooding because of the high water table! All this summer the rains have come with perfect timing; we’ve only needed to drag out the garden hose twice, where we usually water every few days in July & Aug.
    Dry winds are a normal part of life here; this year we’re dripping wet just sitting here. Not used to that kind of humidity!
    As for grasshoppers, a farmer from north of Saskatoon invented Eco Bran, a ‘laced’ wheat bran that grasshoppers devour, then turn up their toes & die. He formed a company, Peacock Industries, to market it.
    This product has become very popular on the prairies, is apparently environmentally safe; we’ve used it for two years now on our hopper-infested yard. An application when the insects are small definitely saves our garden until the middle of August, when larger hoppers fly in from nearby fields.

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  2. I live in one of those red areas, it is so sad to drive by these corn fields, that should be 6ft tall and bright green, and see them at just 2 or 3 feet and already browning.

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    • Re: punkie529 – Thanks for visiting my humble blog.
      Yes.. Corn prices are taking a hard hit this year. My pig feed has gone up from $15.00 for 100 pounds last year to $21.50 for 100 pounds this year. I don’t think it will go back down before July or August 2013 and then only if corn country farmers make a bumper crop.

      Happy Gardening

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  3. The heat and drought around our area has even hurt little gardeners like us here in Ohio. We are fighting on a daily basis just to keep our garden plants alive with all the high heat we have been experiencing. Our cucs and zucchini plants are suffering badly. Since this is our first time gardening, all we dreamed of was finally having a garden so we could grown our own vegetables and save from the grocery store prices, but all in all, we are learning a lot from our experiences, even with a small 16′ x 6′ garden. I am glad that we decided to build our raised garden bed. Good luck to everyone with your gardens & farms!

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  4. Re: sarahsyarden – Farmers I think are more dependent on what weather mother natures gives us, more than other industry.
    Happy Gardening

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  5. Pretty scary to think we depend on the weather that much.

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  6. sarahsyarden

    What a small world – my first (and only) farm job was working for Chris Covelli on his organic farm several years ago. Gosh, that was probably 13 year ago. Hardest work I’ve ever done!

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