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Lack of rain, warm weather hurting local farmers

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(07/11/12) -We all know the hot, dry summer is taking a toll on our lawns, but for farmers, the lack of rain is affecting their livelihood.

Last year, Mid-Michigan farmers were dealing with too much rain. This year's warm weather and lack of rain are causing area farmers to see poor production in their crops.

Some say there's simply not enough moisture to save their corn and soybeans.

Kelly Walker, who's a farmer in Burton, hasn't seen a drought like this since 1988. He checks the weather forecast daily to see if he'll have any hope.

The lack of rain is hurting his crops.

"These first two crops that are a week a part are definitely not going to make it, so that's going to be a complete total loss, but we're just hoping that we get rain to help the next plantings," Walker said.

Generally the corn would stand at least seven feet tall if it had enough rain to help it flourish.

"As you see, it's two or three feet tall and it's like this in all the crops. Whether it's soy beans or field corn or any farmer, you just don't have enough moisture. They're just trying to survive," Walker said.

This is Walker's main source of income, so it's going to be harder for him to feed his family this year.

He needs to see at least two inches of rainfall in order for his crops to grow some.

"It would get us by for maybe 10 days. It's going to soak it up like a sponge because there's nothing there," Walker replied.

He says when his production is affected, there is usually a government low interest loan that farmers like himself can apply for.

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