Drought reduces crop production at Muscle Shoals Farmer’s Market

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Dry weather in Colbert County has significantly reduced the number of productive crops in the area.

Rick Lindsey, owner of Rick’s Farm Market in Muscle Shoals, told News 19 he got less than half the normal amount of harvest from local farmers.

“With this year’s drought, five weeks without rain, the main harvest you would have had would have been mid-summer,” Lindsey said. “He took at least 50%.”

Lindsey said this year’s crop production is one of the worst he has seen since his market opened 16 years ago. The lack of production has also prompted farmers to raise their prices.

“You still have to do the same amount of work, but only get half your product during a drought,” he explained. “So this year is really, really about putting the price tag on quality, fresh-picked produce, picked daily.”

He also told News 19 that farmers’ struggles could continue into the fall.

“If we don’t continue to have rain, we won’t have a fall harvest either,” Lindsey said. “So the price of groceries and everything else, and the price of fuel and fertilizer. It’s just been a tough year this year.

Lindsey said he provides as much local produce as possible; however, to keep the shelves stocked, he had to travel to other states to get everything he needed.

News 19 Chief Meteorologist Danielle Dozier says the region has been very dry this summer. Muscle Shoals has more than six inches of rain below average for the past three months.


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