Farmers struggle to grow crops in heat with little rainfall this summer

Fort Wayne-area farmers are hopeful for rainfall and mild temperatures in the near future, but the heat stress continues to hurt their produce.

Posted: Jul 10, 2020 8:42 PM
Updated: Sep 1, 2020 2:28 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Summer is in full gear.

The Summer season means less rain and more sunshine, but more problems for local farmers depending on water for their crops.

Joshua Cockram who sells at the Fort Wayne Farmers Market says, “it’s caused us a lot more work than necessary” referring to the water he and his wife must use to supplement for the lack of rainfall.

Cockram sees an increase in Japanese beetles and cabbage moths since northeast Indiana had a mild winter and most field bugs survived and made it to the summer.

Mikkal Hodge who also sells at the Fort Wayne Farmers Market says he’s experiencing bugs attacking his crops, too.

He says, “the flea beetles have been really bad, and so is the damage they to do to the mustard greens and kale.”

Farmers like Cockram and Hodge are hopeful for rainfall and mild temperatures in the near future, but the heat stress continues for their crops.

Hodge says, “if we don’t get rain, we could potentially lose part of what is out there if not majority of what is growing out there.”

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