Hot, dry conditions concern local farmers

Officials said Wednesday the hot, dry conditions currently being experienced at many Mid-South farms could translate to higher prices in stores.

Driving along a dusty road in north Shelby County Wednesday afternoon, Farmer Ray Sneed inspected the impact of weeks of hot, dry conditions have had on his cotton crops.

"Height wise, we are not getting the height that we normally would get," he said.

According to Sneed, you can see the proof of the weather's damage in these cotton bowls.  Agricultural extension agent Becky Muller said besides cotton, the heat is also causing problems for area corn and soybean farmers.

"They are not going to get as tall," she said. "They might not have much of a yield."

Muller said the lower crop yields could affect you when you go to the supermarket. "The market is demand driven. If there is less product then the prices may be a little bit higher."

Back in the fields, farmers like Sneed continue to check crops. He said three more weeks without rain could mean a serious drought, joking he was on his hands and knees praying for rain.