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Lack of rain hurting local produce farmers

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MILLINGTON, MI (WNEM) -

The summer heat and lack of rain is putting a hurt on Greg Lawrence's crops.

Cucumbers that should be growing strong are hardly growing at all.

Lawrence is in a mad dash to get water to the plants and give his field life.

"We're having to irrigate where we normally would not irrigate," Lawrence said.

He also uses plastic to cover the base of his plants to conserve as much moisture as possible. Lawrence said those plants are doing better, but still not thriving and that is a problem.

Lawrence makes a living from his crops. He sells his organic vegetables at Frankenmuth's Farmers Market twice a week.

"It means there's less income coming in and it'll male it tougher through the winter because we won't have quite as big a pile to dip from, to pay the bills through the winter. I don't know. We'll just go by ear on it, see what happens," he said.

Lawrence said for the most part, the damage has already been done. He doesn't expect to get the yield he'd get on a normal year, but he does hope a little bit of rain will salvage what he has left.

"I am not seeing any rain, so my dance isn't doing any good at all," he said.

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