CRITTENDEN COUNTY, Ky. — This week's spotty showers helped some farmers more than others but no one has escaped the drought yet.
Charlie Hunt, president of Marion Feed Mill, Inc., said on paper it looks like where he lives in Crittenden County is getting lucky with the rainfall this year. On Thursday, they reported nearly two inches in some places.
But he said those numbers are misleading. Not everyone is getting it.
The corn and soybean crops that got the rain seem to be recovering. They don't look as shriveled as they did over the weekend. But Hunt said nearly everybody grows some amount of hay to help feed their animals and many are now out of luck, no matter how much rain might fall.
"We had a lady tell me last week she has enough hay for five months," he said. "That's the winter. If she has enough to feed for five months and has to feed for ten, then that means she has to sell half of her herd. That's the kind of thing we're facing here."
He said they're not only praying for rain. They'd like to make a specific request.
"What we need is that good two-inch rain over a 12 to 18 hour period that soaks the ground and we also need a good two inches in a couple of hours to fill the ponds."
Hunt said this drought didn't start just this spring. It started way back with a dry winter.
He said it took a while to get to this point, so it will take a while to get out of it, too.