Multiple heat waves are taking a toll on our country's corn supply. Locally, the hot, dry weather is also affecting crops.
Local growers say the corn crop around here is doing okay. They are, however, dealing with some damage when it comes to produce like peaches. It's weather like this that's now affecting prices.
Growers at Weber's Nursery keep the water flowing constantly to keep plants attractive for customers.
Peter Weber, who is a nursery worker, explained,"It depends. Early it wasn't bad, because it wasn't so dry. Lately it's been worse, because it's so dry it's a lot of watering. We've got to keep up with making sure everything stays wet."
It's a battle that's proving difficult for some. This is especially so when it comes to business.
"It slows it down a lot when it gets 95 to 100 degrees. People stay in when the news tells them to stay in," continued Weber.
Though the heat might be on, ears of corn are still drawing a pretty good crowd at a local farmers' market.
Judy Groah, a manager at Virginia Farm Market, explained, "We have a good supplier that delivers us produce, and he knows if it's not good, don't get it for us."
Groah says severe weather has hurt other crops like peaches.
"They had hail in February and March and it did damage some of the trees and some of the crop. I think it made them better," she continued.
Fortunately we're fairing better than most of the country's mid-section, which has many areas in severe to exceptional drought.
As for your own produce problems, experts have some advice.
Weber offered, "Check them every day. Make sure they're wet. Be conscientious about over water. Some people think it's hot, so water every day. A lot of times you can kill something just as easily from over watering."
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by early July 2012, more than 60% of the contiguous United States was experiencing drought conditions, nearly double the area from early January.
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