South Faces Weather Woes

After roughly a year of severe weather conditions, Southern farmers are facing another body blow delivered by Mother Nature, leading many farmers to question whether 2013 will be another bad year for corn production.
Last year, farmers across the country struggled in the grip of one of the worst droughts in modern history. With record-high temperatures across the country and record-low precipitation, many farmers (particularly those growing relatively fragile corn crops) saw their fields dry up and their harvests collapse.
Across the country, many farmers prayed for increased rain, hoping that increased rainfall would help reverse the drought and help farmers recoup their losses from last summer.
In many parts of the country, however, increased rainfall has been a hindrance as much as a blessing. In the South, for example, farmers have been struggling with unusually high rainfall and low temperatures. Central Mississippi, for example, has received about 10 to 12 more inches of rain this year than the typical norm.
The increased rain, plus the relatively cool weather has stunted corn production, leaving many farmers worried that their corn crop may fail again this year, leaving farmers across the South in an economic bind and increasing the costs of federal crop insurance programs.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer