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|Heat costly for corn producers|
Lingering dry, hot weather in Franklin Parish is mounting anxiety and expense for farmers harvesting this year's crop.
The National Weather Service in Jackson, Miss., reports that rainfall is 12 to 16 inches below what it normally is this time of year for the region and temperatures are near topping record levels.
This marks the second consecutive year that drought has plagued farmers, forcing them to shell out extra money for irrigation to keep crops viable.
"We have corn, soybeans and grain sorghum all coming up right now. We have a situation where hot weather could stunt the growth of our crops to a certain extent," said county agent Carol Pinnell-Alison.
Corn, Franklin Parish's chief crop, is at the greatest risk, she said.
Certified numbers for most crops should come out later this month, but early estimates indicate that there are 74,000 acres of corn being grown in Franklin Parish this year. Besides the obvious problem of little water to sustain a good harvest, high temperatures could stifle pollination.
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