With temperatures hitting the upper 90s and very little rainfall, it's been a one-two punch for Wiregrass farmers. State extension agents say the dry, hot conditions continue to have a devastating effect on growers. In fact, one Coffee County farming family is living on the edge.
Reg Britt is a third-generation farmer in southern Coffee County.
The auburn university business graduate wonders how much longer he can continue to do what he loves, and that's to work the land.
Drought and heat are killing the corn and destroying his family's future.
"Much of the money you invest in fertilizer. We have already drained one 10-acre pond and fixing' to drain a second. We try to conserve as best we can," said Reg Britt.
By irrigating corn and several other crops, the Britt's have seen two ponds on their land go almost completely dry. The family has worked the land since the 1940s. This is as bad as it’s ever been.
"The heat is the worst, or just as bad as the drought. With 95 to 100 degree temperatures the crops don't pollinate. Things just don't work right," said Al Britt.
With the prolonged drought and oppressive heat, it's having not only a devastating effect on crops, but also livestock.
"I know where some hay is. We are getting it but some folks can't afford to buy a lot and pay to justify it," said Stan Windham of Coffee Co. Extension Agent.
Extension offices statewide have been reporting to Governor Riley's office regarding the pending agricultural disaster.
Most corn crops are ruined across the tri-state area.
If there is no measurable rainfall soon, the drought could also destroy this year's cotton and peanut crops.
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