Area farmers say certain produce struggling in July heat

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This growing season has certainly been a tough one for many area farmers, including those growing produce.

Mike Roegge with Mill Creek Farm says the tomatoes, peppers and onions can be irrigated but they can’t do that for all the crops.

“Some of our crops, like green beans for instance, quit growing two weeks ago,” said Roegge. “We had to replant pumpkins due to the excess of rain.”

Roegge says the produce that was planted early is doing well. The ones that were planted later in the season, like green beans, aren’t maturing enough.

“All the rain we had in June basically washed off so very little of it entered the soil so we’re in need of water desperately,” said Roegge.

Even the smaller operations are noticing a difference.

“This will be the fourth year for this garden and my first year for the corn,” said Quincy produce grower Brandon Stehl.

This season, it was necessarily easy getting things started for Stehl.

“I didn’t have time to do the second tilling,” said Stehl. “Usually there’s two tillings. I only had time to do the one tilling this year.”

Stehl says it was all due to the weather.

“With the amount of moisture that’s in the ground to prolong it to get to this point, I think we’re ok,” said Stehl. “A little bit longer we might start to worry with not having any rain or moisture.”

For farmers, the forecast for the next week doesn’t look good. Meteorologists are predicting 90 degree temperatures and the chances of rain are slim to none.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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