Dry Weather Affecting Local Farmers

By: Erica Proffer
By: Erica Proffer

The lack of rain is not only affecting residential areas, some local farmers say they need rain and soon. Slocomb farmers said that this season is not looking good. If the rain doesn't come soon, they may have no hay for the winter to feed his cattle.

Bob Clark has been a farmer on and off for about 30 years and he says this year is one of the driest seasons he has seen.

"See how short the grass is. It should be six or seven inches higher," said Clark.

Clark has about 150 cattle but he says that because of the lack of rain, he had to sell some of his calves before they are big enough to make a good profit.

Clark owns two fields that he uses for bailing hay for the winter. But now he has to use one of those for the cows to graze during the summer months.

That's because the other pieces of land won't grow any more grass.

"I'm probably going to put them in a new set of teeth because they about wore out the ones they got. They are eating dirt; the grass is about like that."

Normally there are about 150 bails of hay, but right now there are only 30 and some farmers’ say they may have to use their storage if the rain doesn't come soon."

"That means no hay for this winter, unless you buy hay. But I don't know where you are going to buy it because nobody's got any at this point."

Clark is hoping that the Alabama Department of Agriculture will aid southeast farmers by either sending hay or giving them vouchers to buy it.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture in Montgomery and sources say they are trying to work on the problem here in the Southeast.


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