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Crop Expectations Mixed Heading Into Summer

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Farmers often sweat it out as the heat cranks up – worried their crops will take a hit. In Limestone County, farmers tell WHNT News 19 the 2013 spring weather has created a mixed bag of crop predictions.

“It’s helping the wheat mature, helping the canola mature,” local farmer Kyle Bridgeforth explained, “But this corn could use the rain.”

Doug Chapman, a regional extention agent for commercial horticulture in Alabama, said there are “critical times when crops need water” and we’re entering one of those critical periods.

North Alabama has had more spring rain than other, dried out, parts of the state but there could be trouble if June and July are both dry. According to Chapman, recent statewide incentives prompted more farmers to install irrigation systems and those should help if things get rally dry.

Bridgeforth plans to do everything possible to protect his crops but knows, just like every year, the yields are ultimately up to Mother Nature.

“There’s not a lot as human beings we can do about it,” Bridgeforth said, “So we just prepare crops as best we can.”

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