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.
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Why is common sense so uncommon?
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