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Quality of crops affected by dry conditions

Posted at 6:53 PM, Oct 04, 2019

BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The drought is affecting the quality of farmers' crops.

Back in February, David Garey, and his son, John, were prepared for the worst. All of the rain earlier in the year prevented them from planting their crops early. Eventually, they got them planted, but then the pendulum swung too far in the opposite direction.

Now, in the middle of the drought, David says the quality of their produce is way down.

"About the only thing we have left is okra and peppers, everything else fell by the wayside," David told LEX 18's Mike Valente. "Hot temperatures are the killer, with the no rain, because the hot temperatures, hurt the crops even more."

They're holding out for hope for some rain soon, but they need about two inches. David says it may be too late for this year's crops anyway. Now David and John say they are reassessing if they'll even grow vegetables in the future, or instead focus exclusively on the burgeoning market for hemp.

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