Vegetable Farmers Fighting for Survival

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FLORENCE, Ala (WHNT) – Hot temperatures coupled with the lack of rain have local vegetable farmers struggling to produce a crop.

If they have it, many of the farmers in northwest Alabama are turning to irrigation to have a chance to bring something to market.

Three days a week, farmers from across Lauderdale County bring their goods here to the farmers market in Florence.

When you talk to the farmers, the same thing keeps coming up.

“Everything is drying up even though we are pumping out of a creek to water everything,” says Melinda Paulk. “There’s no way we can put enough water on it, to keep it going. We are going to have to have some rain.”

Paulk and her husband pump almost six hundred gallons of water a day from the creek on their property for irrigation.

That helps their four acre farm in Cloverdale survive the heat and lack of rain, but it’s still not enough.

“Even at that, a lot of things are not progressing like they should, because they are not getting enough water,” said Paulk.

Down the aisle, Mattie Lard and her husband have set out the fruits of their labor.

Lard says their farm in Waterloo would not make it if it wasn’t for well water.

“It’s not producing as much as rain water, nothing is as good as rain water from heaven you know. But, it keeps things alive.”

And much like their crops out in the fields, Lard and Paulk are just trying to survive this summer drought.

According to WHNT News 19’s Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson, the Shoals area is close to nine and a half inches of rain below normal for the year.

Local vegetable farmers say that they have to get rain soon, or their crops for the year will die.

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