AL drought has farmers worried about crops

(WTVM) - Almost 95 percent of Alabama is under a drought emergency, and local farmers are very concerned they may lose all of their crops this season.

This quick burst of heat is drying up plants in fields all across the state and threatening crops, which is why they're praying for more rain.

The past week it rained in Alabama, but it wasn't enough. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 64 of the 67 counties are experiencing a drought emergency.

"All of our stuff is pretty much burned up," said farmer Tom Pierce. "We've had to buy other stuff, import produce, had to do a lot of watering to try keep things from dying and increase prices... It's made it real difficult."

Alabama's Department of Agriculture commissioner said mainly corn, peanuts, soybeans, and cotton crops are suffering.

Farmers in affected counties are eligible to receive federal low-interest loans.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture said farmers have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance.

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