When the water won’t fall from the sky, farmers like Terry Tygrett have to look elsewhere.
“The electricity bill was twice last month what it normally was to run that well pump… It hasn’t shut off in sixty days,” said Tygrett at Saturday’s farmer’s market at the Freight House in Davenport.
And Oak Hill Acres in Atalissa, Iowa, isn’t alone. Janice Thomsen said they’ve begun to irrigate on her family’s farm in Long Grove, Iowa, as well.
“We’ve had to buy more irrigation tape, a lot of extra work taking the water up there and hooking everything up,” said Thomsen.
But despite rising costs, local farmers insist their plan is to keep prices low.
“I do it for the people, more than just the money,” said Nora Schroder of her farm in Blue Grass, Iowa.
Tygrett echoed her sentiments. “Probably should have raised prices on some, but we hope to just get the volume up and do better that way,” he said.
Shoppers may just need to be a little pickier with their selections. Farmers say tomatoes and potatoes are doing well in the heat, while beans and cucumbers are suffering.
“Oh we need rain… It’d make things a lot simpler if it’d just rain,” said Schroder.