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Smaller crops, bigger prices: how the summer drought is affecting the fall harvest

By Ashley Clark [1] and Angus Argyle [2]

BELLEVILLE – For local farmers, this year’s record-breaking drought made for a very dry growing season.

QNet News spoke to vendor Neal Lockwood at the Belleville Farmers’ Market and a farmer from Stirling, Larry Jeffs, to find out how it’s affecting their produce.

Prices at the stand Lockwood works at have gone up because of the amount of water that was used to keep the crops alive, he said.

Meanwhile at Jeffs’s farm, he said he grew just a quarter of the usual amount of hay, half of his corn crop and nearly three quarters of his usual soybeans.

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