Drought conditions hit local farmers’ pockets
Drought conditions hit local farmers’ pockets.
HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. – One of the worst droughts in years has fewer local growers even going to the trouble of planting crops.
Local producers say it costs more to water plants than what they expect to get in return.
I’ve followed it all my life," Brittain said.
"There’s not another farmer left on this market that actually grows anything."
While many deal with extreme weather conditions every year, Brittian says it’s the worst he’s seen in 30 years.
Access to the wet stuff is getting harder every day.
Brittain’s water well is deeper than it’s ever been.
Wayne Simmons of LaBelle Fruit Company is precise on watering his citrus trees.
The last time Florida had this many counties under at least "severe drought" conditions was six years ago.