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Farmers struggling from lack of rain

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Mickey Worden loves fresh vegetables and there is nothing more fresh than being able to pluck veggies straight from your own garden.

So far this summer Mother Nature hasn't been cooperating. Her garden is suffering because of the high temperatures and lack of rain. So Worden took matters into her own hands.

"It's terrible and you try to save everything so you have to water every day," she said.

It isn't so easy when your garden stretches several acres. The backyard hose won't get the job done.

John Burk us a Bay County farmer. He said the skies need to open and now.

Some farmers are starting to see the impact on their fields. As for Burk's corn crop, he said it is healthy now, but that could change soon.

"Right now, it's not growing and we need to grow. Every day this corn needs to keep growing," Burk said.

He said that's extremely important because in just a few weeks the plant will reach a critical stage in its growth and the lack of rain could mean a loss of yield.

"Two weeks from now if it doesn't rain and the winds stay up and the temperature stays up, yeah, in a couple of weeks it could be a whole different story than I'm talking right now," Burk said.

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