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Local farmers may lose crops, money due to drought conditions

Farmer David McDaniel, inspecting a portion of his corn crop in Tipton County.  His crops are starting to really show the effects of the heat. Farmer David McDaniel, inspecting a portion of his corn crop in Tipton County. His crops are starting to really show the effects of the heat.
Spraying crops to kill weeds on McDaniel's farm Spraying crops to kill weeds on McDaniel's farm

(WMC-TV) - Tipton County farmer David McDaniel spends a lot of time these days walking around his forty-five hundred acre farm.

He's already seeing crop damage from this hot weather, and he is worried if we don't get a rain soon that his crops will literally burn up.

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

McDaniel farms corn, cotton, and soybeans.  He says he's lucky to have planted most of crops early this year. 

"I'm most concerned about our corn and soybeans that we planted early," said McDaniel, "they're starting to pod out now and they're really needing some rain."

McDaniel says he irrigates some of his farm.  He also has another way to hold moisture in his soybean field.

"We'll cut our wheat and no till our soybeans back into our wheat stubble, it holds moisture," explained McDaniel.

McDaniel says he farms around 1,100 acres of corn here in the South Tipton County area.  He says in order for him not to lose some of this corn, he needs around 3/4 to an inch of rain every week for two to three weeks.

McDaniel says it is way too late in the year to replant any of his crops.  He says 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.  You've gotta get rid of them to let your corn and soybeans get any moisture they can," said McDaniel.

McDaniel says 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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