Drought of 2022 will have lingering impact on farmers
(KTEN) — With Texoma now in the grip of extreme drought conditions, farmers are feeling an impact that will soon hit store shelves.
"It's going to be several years before we can get back to where we were at," said Bryan County OSU Extension Service agent Robert Bourne.
The lack of rain coupled with extreme heat means parched crops.
"Farmers and producers, of course, are very aware of the drought conditions and the ongoing problems that that's causing," said Grayson County AgriLife agent Chad Cummings. "
"They're seeing about a third of the crop, so two-thirds is a loss," Bourne added. "Now we are trying to salvage what we've got. A lot of the corn has went into silage, so cattle feed."
The struggles farmers are dealing with will soon be passed on to consumers.
"It's going to increase the prices, because you are going to have a lot less volume out there... supply and demand, you know," Bourne said. "We are looking at probably looking at higher prices on your corns, your sorghums, that kind of thing."
The triple-digit heat and sparse rainfall reminds farmers of 2011.
"We did come into the year a little bit more on our water, so our stock ponds and things like that were a little bit better," Bourne said.
With no immediate relief in sight, farmers are encouraged to cut what they can.
"Really look at your cost. Try to reduce as much cost as you can," Cummings said. "Once you see those crops fail, make sure that you are getting with your insurance companies."