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5 – Allendale farmer says some crops in trouble following drought in South Carolina


AND FARMERS HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA ARE SEEING A REDUCTION IN CORN, COTTON, AND SOYBEAN PRODUCTION. TAKE VO: THE IMPACT IS BEING FELT ON OSWALD FARM IN ALLENDALE … SOUTH CAROLINA AS WELL. MARCH TO AUGUST IS THE GROWING SEASON FOR MOST CROPS. JOE OSWALD TOLD ME THAT THE MOST RECENT RAIN COULD BE … A LITTLE TOO LATE … NOW THAT THEY ARE HARVESTING THEM. WITH TWO YEARS OF DETRIMENTAL WEATHER …IT’S AFFECTING BOTTOM LINES OF FARMERS … IN A DIFFERENT WAY. TAKE SOT: “WE HAD ONE YEAR WHERE WE HAD NOTHING BUT RAIN, YOU COULDN’T GET IN THE FIELDS TO GET ANYTHING OUT SO YOU JUST HAD STUFF SITTING THERE IN FLOODED FIELDS. NOW THIS YEAR, YOU’RE SO DRY NOTHING REALLY PRODUCE SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT YOUR EQUIPMENT COST AND FIGURE OUT IF IT’S EVEN WORTH THE COST TO GO INTO THAT FIELD TO TAKE IT OUT.” SHAWN AS LIVE: AND RIGHT NOW OFFICIALS ARE WORKING ON A FEDERAL. AND RIGHT NOW OFFICIALS ARE WORKING ON A FEDERAL DISASTER PROGRAM JUST TO HELP FARMERS RECOOP ANY COSTS FROM HAVING TO PURCHASE MORE HAY OR REGRAZE MORE AERAS DUE TO THIS DROUGHT I’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN MORE INFORMATION IS RELEASED. I’M IN ALLENDALE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA TONIGHT … SHAWN CABBAGESTALK … WJBF NEWSCHANNEL 6

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