Eric Behling grows apples and other fruits in his orchard in Mexico, New York. He's using irrigation to help his crops make it through a dry mid July. "We try to get at least six gallons per tree per week,” Behling says. “But if we don't get rain soon a lot of our ponds are getting to where we might last another week without rain, and then we're out of water."
At that point, he says they prioritize, using what water they have on more tender trees. "We keep irrigating those crops we need to keep alive. Our younger trees that we just planted this ear, they haves a small root system on them," said Behling.
Irrigation isn't an option for some farmers, such as the Finndale dairy farm in Holland Patten. Debbie Finn is concerned about the farm's investment in corn for feed for the cows. "Our fields are so far from the farms,” she says, “We have to travel 15 miles to do that; we are just hoping the rain comes."
So while they wait, these farmers joke about things like rain dances. However, the bottom line is that if this dry weather holds up, it'll hit them in the pocketbook. Behling says ultimately, they'll all pay for this hot dry summer, and said, "Those people who have ample irrigation will benefit, but they'll have to raise their prices. The fuel, the cost of putting all this irrigation out."