Corn may be bad, soybeans could be worse
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. — Philip Jarvis has been farming for more than 30 years and when he talks about this year, tears come to his eyes.
"It's just been really tough on everybody," he said. "Just getting up every day, you look out your window every morning and see the same thing. Every thing's burnt up."
He said he knew weeks ago his corn is almost a total loss but now he's days away from losing his soybeans, too.
"The cooler temperatures will help us a little but, you know, if we don't get any rain this week, then I'm afraid it's over," he said.
He said his beans look better than his corn ever did but when he goes out at looks at the individual plants, he can see something is missing. There are virtually no soybean pods, which means there are very few beans growing on the plants.
Without beans, Jarvis will lose more money in a very tough year.
"We don't want to wish our life away but we'll be glad when 2012 is over," he said.
Marshall County UK Extension Agent Lincoln Martin told Local 6 he's been in talks with the county emergency manager to make sure they have a plan in place if water wells and ponds end up drying up before the heat spell ends.