Drought hurting crops

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

From beneath the shelter of his farmhouse's front porch, Brad Lingo smiled at the sheets of rain falling fast from his roof. The curly hairs of his beard seemed to draw tighter to his face, and though his glasses were beginning to fog, his eyes revealed the feeling that accompanies seeing a long-lost friend.

"This doesn't solve our drought problem," he said.

Lingo, owner of Brad's Organic Blueberries near Bronson, said that until recently, his 40-acre farm had not seen rain in about nine weeks. Lingo, like many other growers in the area, relied on irrigation to get him through the dry spell, but he said it's caused his electric bill to triple.

Lingo, who has been growing for more than 30 years, also grows Shitake mushrooms and native plants, both of which have suffered from the dryness. He said his mushroom fruiting for April and May were reduced by about three-fourths.

Chiefland City Commissioner Rollin Hudson, who also happens to be a farmer, said the lack of rain has hurt the market appeal of his watermelon crops this year.

"Could be one of the last years for us," he said.

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