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Heat, dry weather impacting local farmers


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS MOST OF TENNESSEE IS OFFICIALLY IN A DROUGHT – DUE IN PART TO THE DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. I’M JOSH SMITH. I’M SARA DIAMOND. NEARLY 4 POINT FIVE MILLION TENNESSEANS ARE LIVING IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS…ACC ORDING TO THE UNITED STATES DROUGHT MONITOR. NEARLY 2 MILLION OTHERS ARE IN ABNORMALLY DRY AREAS. PHEBEN KASSAHUN REVEALS THE IMPACT THE LACK OF RAIN IS HAVING ON SOME IN THE REGION. SARA AND JOSH — I SPOKE WITH TONY SLAUGTER, WHO IS A FARMER IN GRAY, WHO HAS BEEN PRAYING FOR RAIN. THE MORE THE RAIN HOLDS OFF, THE MORE HIS INCOME BEGINS TO DECREASE… SO NOW AT THIS POINT HE’S HOPING FOR A LATER WINTER. TONY SLAUGHTER “AT MY HOUSE, WE’VE HAD EIGHT- TENTHS SINCE THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST.” IN HIS 39 YEARS OF FARMING — TONY SLAUGHTER HAS SEEN IT ALL. “I KNOW SOME FOLKS THAT’S ALREADY HAD TO SELL THEIR CALF THIS FALL BECASE THEY’RE RUNNING OUT OF PASTURE. THE CATTLE MARKET IS JUST NOT GOOD AT ALL.” 12 AS FORECASTERS ANTICIPATE RAIN THIS WEEKEND, HE SAYS IT MIGHT NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. “SOME OF OUR LATE CROPS THAT ARE NON-IRRIGATED SUCH AS SOME BELL PEPPERS THAT’S NON-IRRIGATED, SOME SQUASH THAT’S NON-IRRIGATED, IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO MAKE ANYTHING AT ALL.” 08 AND THE HEAT HASN’T MADE THINGS ANY BETTER. “YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SOME BLOSSOM SEED ON SOME SPECIFIC VARIETIES OF VEGETABLES WHEN IT GETS SO HOT. THEY SHED THEIR BLOSSOMS SO IT’S BEEN A REAL ISSUE FOR THAT.” BUT – HE’S STILL HOLDING ON TO A LITTLE BIT OF HOPE, AS HE ADDS FERTILIZER AND HERBICIDE ON HIS LAND, ON A DRY FRIDAY AFTERNOON. “I GUESS NOW WE HOPE THE FROST HOLDS OFF, PARTICULARLY ON OUR CROPS THAT WE CONTINUE TO PICK HOPEFULLY FOR THE NEXT MONTH. THE LONGER WE PICK, OF COURSE THE MORE INCOME WE HAVE.” FARMERS ARE ALWAYS AT THE MERCY OF WEATHER BUT THIS YEAR, SLAUGHTER IS CONSIDERING IF THIS IS THE FIELD HE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN. YEAR, SLAUGHTER IS CONSIDERING IF THIS IS THE FIELD HE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN. “TO GO FROM ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER, IT’S VERY DIFFICULT. ((BUTTED)) “LABOR IS VERY EXPENSIVE AND IT TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE FOR US.” SLAUGTER SAYS MUCH OF HIS CROPS LIKE GREEN BEANS AND CORN WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HARVESTED IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS BUT NOW, THAT OPTION DOESN’T SEEM REALISTIC. STORM TEAM CHIEF METEOROLOGIST MARK REYNOLDS IS ALSO FOLLOWING THE DROUGHT IMPACT ON THE REGION.. HE’S IN THE STORM CENTER WITH WHEN WE COULD SEE SOME RELIEF FROM THE DRY CONDITIONS. GOOD EVENING. AFTER A COLD FRONT PASSED THROUGH THE AREA TODAY, TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL COOL INTO THE MID TO UPPER 50S. EXPECTED MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES OVERNIGHT. TOMORROW WE WILL SEE MORE CLOUD COVER AROUND THE REGION. WINDS WILL BE SHIFTING FROM NORTHERLY TODAY TO MORE SOUTHERLY TOMORROW. THIS WILL INCREASE THE MOISTURE, GIVING A SLIGHT CHANCE OF A SHOWER IN THE MOUNTAINS. HIGHS TOMORROW WILL TOP OUT IN MID TO UPPER 70S. OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES WILL DIP INTO THE 50S ONCE AGAIN. ON SUNDAY HIGHS ONCE AGAIN WON’T LEAVE THE 70S. EXPECT A MIXTURE OF SUN AND CLOUDS. THERE IS A 40% CHANCE OF SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION DESCRIBES A GREENEVILLE HOMICIDE CASE AS ACTIVE AND ONGOING. A BODY WAS DISCOVERED WEDNESDAY NEXT TO A BUSINESS AT

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