Heat, low rainfall causes crops to suffer

Chris Vick, of Tamms and a researcher under plant pathologist Jason Bond, adjusts an irrigation sprinkler Monday in a cornfield at the Agronomy Center at University Farms. “Irrigation is not as good as rain, and we have limited water so eventually we’re going to run out,” Vick said. “This week it is supposed to be 100 degrees, so everything is going to burn up.” According to the Paducah National Weather Service website, there will be a prolonged period of extreme heat Thursday through Sunday, which could result in temperatures ranging from 100 to 105 degrees.
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A field of corn at the Agronomy Center at University Farms begins to dry out because of harsh temperatures and lack of rain. Ian Kessler, a junior from Clay City studying plant soil science, said the corn is suffering because it’s pollination season is being disrupted due to low rainfall.

Photos taken by Jessica Tezak of the Daily Egyptian

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