Local farmers feeling the heat
While local foodies love their locally grown food, the people who grow it are not having an easy time of it in this hot weather, according to the DP’s Bryan McKenzie.
“I just came in from the garden where nothing is growing and where I was tilling dust,” Corky Shackleford, 80, a Stony Point farmer, tells McKenzie. “Everything is brown. You’d think it was winter.”
Indeed, the hot weather appears to be hurting farmers across the state.
“One more week without rainfall and we will be in an extremely critical situation. All crops have stopped growing and are in survival mode. This includes all row crops, alfalfa and grass hay,” Jon Repair, of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency in Rockbridge County, tells the DP.
Unfortunately, Jerry Stenger, director of the University of Virginia’s climatology office, says we’re in for more heat and little rain during the next two weeks.