Extreme temperatures affecting crops

By Stephen McLamb- bio | email

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF)- Farmers markets are a good way for growers to sell their goods, but the days of near one hundred degree temperatures are taking their toll.

People line up to get fresh vegetables at the Madison County Farmer's market.

So how are the temperature's affecting the crops?

"Most all of the vegetables, they like the moderate heat.  They don't like the real hot weather," said Sherry Cloud, who's sells her produce at the farmer's market.

For some farmers who do not have irrigation systems, you might just find smaller tomatoes.

"It takes it's toll on tomatoes.  It will kill the vines and the tomatoes will just dry up," said Cloud.

Quantity can also be affected.  Sherry Cloud said before the heat wave, she was bringing in as many as seven bushels each of different kinds of vegetables, but not now.

"A bushel of peas in the hull today and a bushel shelled and no green beans."

That's not stopped the crowds, though, in fact, Cloud believes they're just getting larger.

"They will tell me they planted a garden and it's just not doing anything," Cloud said.

There can be a bright side to hot weather too.

Cloud said her okra crop is doing great.  "I brought in three and one-half bushels," she said.

There's some good news.  Cloud said many of the second, or fall crops, are planted and higher yields are expected.

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