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Concerns for growers rise for fall and winter seasons

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Farmers's markets are feeling the heat, literally. Many of them sell their fresh foods at 5 or 6 markets a week. As time goes on, the heat takes its toll.

"It's been exhausting. It jeopardizes our crop, it brings the pests, the bugs," Kelly Newman said.

Many of the owners say keeping things watered and looking fresh, as of this year, is a full-time job. And it's not getting any easier.

"Everything we grow, sooner or later, will have a shorter season. It'll catch up to us. Fall sales are going to be shorter than we'd like to see them and our winter market we might have a hard time growing for our market," Jim Krsnak said.

And for the next couple of seasons, this heat will have lasting effects. For some of the crops in the fall and winter, survival rates have dropped to 55% as opposed to 95% on any given year. Take tomatoes for example.

"It's been too hot and you can't keep them wet enough to keel blossoms pollinating so it's going to lull tomato production in a few weeks," Jim Krsnak said.

Sales have been surprisingly good for many of the growers, but it's the heat that brings down how much they can actually sell. That affects everyone from grain to beef producers.

"Their income is going to be down and sales to local businesses will be down. Eventually it's going to spread through the whole economy," Krsnak said.

Like a lot of us, vendors are looking out for a little relief in the skies.

"I'm a positive person and I'm looking and hoping for rain this week to help our crops," Newman said.

 

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