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Heat, lack of rain threaten Mid-South crops

Folks are doing everything they can to keep cool in this heat, but the heat is literally burning up some Mid-Southerners' profits and may ruin their livelihood. Folks are doing everything they can to keep cool in this heat, but the heat is literally burning up some Mid-Southerners' profits and may ruin their livelihood.

(WMC-TV) – Folks are doing everything they can to keep cool in this heat, but the heat is literally burning up some Mid-Southerners' profits and may ruin their livelihood.

Many Mid-South farmers say all they can do is wait and wonder whether there will be enough rain to make sure their crops turn into cash.

Tipton County farmer David McDaniel spends a lot of time these days walking around his 4,500 acre farm.

He's already seen crop damage from the hot weather and now he's worried if it doesn't rain soon, his crops will literally burn up.

"I don't know if we've ever had this hot a temperature this early in the summer," said McDaniel.

McDaniel farms corn, cotton and soybeans and said he's lucky to have planted most of his crops early this year. "I'm most concerned about our corn and soybeans that we planted early," he said. "They're starting to pod out now and they're really needing some rain."

McDaniel said he farms around 1,100 acres of corn in the South Tipton County area. He said in order for all of his corn to survive, he needs around three-quarters to an inch of rain every week for two to three weeks.

McDaniel said it's too late in the year to replant any of his crops. Instead, he's just trying to maintain what he has by watering when he can and spraying for weeds.

"If you don't control them, they're using what moisture you've got," he said. "You've gotta get rid of them to let your corn and soybeans get any moisture they can."

McDaniel said because of the heat, he'll end up harvesting much of his corn crop around the first of August rather than late August when he usually picks it.

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