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Valley farmers dealing with summer drought

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CANFIELD, Ohio -

The last 60 days has brought more dry weather to the area resulting in a drought in all of Mahoning County and the Western Part of Columbiana County.

With the weekend forecast bringing sunshine and no rain area farmers are now surrounded by dry land. 

You might notice the local corn leaves are starting to curl up.  They do that to conserve moisture.  Local farmers say we need rain and a lot of it.

Wayne Greier, whose family owns a thousand acre farm in Canfield, says his crops are definitely showing stress from lack of water.

In addition to corn curling up, soy beans are starting to suffer.  "Soy beans are starting to come into flower and starting to pod up. If we don't get rain while the pods are set up and flowers are in there they are going to abort the flowers and we are going to lose yield on the soy beans," says Greier.
 
Farmers say it's always a business of ups and downs but last year wasn't so great because of a very wet June.  So what do need to make things better this year?

"We need two inches of water in the next two weeks to get it perfect but anything is better than nothing," says Greier. "We have to hope what we get and take what we can get as far as the rain comes."

There is some good news though. Officials say the Meander Reservoir is okay and there is no need for local water consumers to conserve water locally.
 

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