A farmer’s perspective 8/7/2012:

Dahinda, IL: According to the National Weather Service, drought conditions will continue for at least the next 10 days. It would be nice to get at least a little rain to soften the ground for fall plantings. I have some broccoli and cauliflower started that should be ready in September. This all depends on what the weather is going to do. I am not sure how well they will grow if the 100+ days return. I also have garlic for next year that will have to be planted this fall. This will need rain as well to grow and so it will come up in the spring.
Another problem with this drought is that the pastures stop growing. There is less and less for our animals to eat. I will have to lay in a supply of hay but since this needs water to grow, it may be expensive.

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