Dry conditions have irrigation pumps working overtime for Ohio tomato growers

Dry conditions have irrigation pumps working overtime for Ohio tomato growers.

Letter from Ohio - key word: Dry

Tomato farmers are irrigating, but for the rest crops look dry - our late-summer report.

The words dry and hot pretty well sum up weather in Ohio. We have had seven weeks of 90-degree weather with only an inch of rain on our farm. I think this is worse than an average year of dry land farming out in the western states.

Around a half of the commercial tomatoes raised in Ohio are grown in a 10-mile radius of where I live. Lots of those fields are being irrigated and now people are worried about their household wells going dry and the farmers are worried about pumping the river dry and having fish kills.

The sun has been so intense that I just work short hours in the afternoon and try to get things done in the morning or early evening. I am wondering what the next few weeks that are left in August will bring.

I captured a couple photos of tomatoes being irrigated, check out how well those look.

You can see un-irrigated areas are very dry - pumps are running in tomato fields.

Locals are concerned that heavy irrigation could dry up wells, or local surface water areas as the hot summer continues.

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