Farmers feel the pinch in extreme drought

POSTED: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 4:28pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 3, 2011 - 12:20am

Record heat, wind and extreme to severe drought conditions have farmers in Louisiana working overtime, to keep crops alive. They are irrigating acres of farmland around the clock, which isn’t cheap. To deal with mounting electric bills, local farmers are raising prices.

Eric Morrow is an 8th generation farmer in Ponchatoula. He is pumping water at 100 gallons a minute, 24 hours a day onto his 30 acres of crops. He has watched his production costs rise 10%.

“Now we are running nearly all day and then we switch it to some other fields and we run it all night just to try to keep them wet enough.”

From January 1, 2011 to June 2, 2011, the Baton Rouge area only got 15.69 inches of rain. Normal rainfall for this time of year is 27.43 inches.
 

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