Drought hurting small "you pick" farm operations

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 6:09pm

Small local "you pick" farmers depend on the public to buy their crops. They also depend on the rain to help them grow--and that hasn't happened this year. The strain on water supply has caused many to end the season early. For those that are left, demand is greater than supply.

Mac McCoskey has owned his blueberry farm in Haughton since 1990. He also sells a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables. He says the lack of rain has killed many of his new plants and caused others not to produce at all. The blueberry season has officially ended. He says those that remain resemble shriveled grapes. Normally, he'd be able to make it up by selling butterbeans until the first frost. This year, none of his butterbean plans produced anything he could sell.

He says in his two decades living and working here, he's never seen dryness like this. He isn't giving up, though. He says he'll still be at his farm each morning to tend to his plants. His farm is one of just a handful left in the Shreveport-Bossier area. He estimates that he sells about 12,000 pounds of produce every year.


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