Heat Could Pose Problems To Farmer’s Crops

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Many people are quick to complain about the heat, but rising temperatures can affect much more than just the electric bill. Local farmers rely on the weather, because it has a major impact on crops -- meaning hot summer days could negatively affect their business.

David Dickey, owner of Dickey Farms in Tontitown, said the heat has been affecting the pigmentation of his crops.

"Other than just continuation of the heat, I'm pretty pleased with what I have right now," said Dickey. "What would really worry me is if it stayed these conditions for weeks on end. Then that would be a real problem."

Dickey said that most of his crops do the best in 65 to 85 degree weather. The recent heat wave, in which temperatures reached more than 100 degrees for several days straight, could have caused problems for farmers if the heat had continued.

It's not just crops that are affected by the toasty temperatures. Livestock, especially poultry, are also negatively impacted by extreme heat.

Dickey sells his crops at the local Fayetteville Farmer's Market, which is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 7 a.m.