Summer drought causing headaches for farmers, higher food prices for consumers

    Have you noticed a higher cost in corn this summer?  It could be, in part, due to this summer’s drought, which is causing problems for farmers and higher food prices for consumers.

    According to the Daily Local News, this year’s wet spring combined with the lack of rain over the course of the summer has diminished the quality of crops.

    The Daily Local News reports rain totals from the Stroud Water Research Center in West Marlborough revealed average rainfall this year (25.11 year to date) was recorded measuring three inches less than the average (28.16)

    According to the report, much of the heavy rain from the spring ran off the land and could not be retained in the soil.

    The lack of rain over much of the summer has prompted a drought watch for farmers in Chester County and 39 other counties.

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