Tennessee Drought Stunts Growth of Local Crops During one of the driest years in Tennessee history, a stunting drought has lowered the local produce quality for local farmers — and the $20 billion farming industry.
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Tennessee Drought Stunts Growth of Local Crops

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Tennessee Drought Stunts Growth of Local Crops

Tennessee Drought Stunts Growth of Local Crops

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A three-inch squash found on the Howell farm should be ready to harvest in most years. Lack of rainfall has stunted growth of all the crops on the farm. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

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A three-inch squash found on the Howell farm should be ready to harvest in most years. Lack of rainfall has stunted growth of all the crops on the farm.

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Dried-out tractor ruts show how long it has been since rain hit the Howell farm. Howell says the vegetable rows have been that way since March of this year. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

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Dried-out tractor ruts show how long it has been since rain hit the Howell farm. Howell says the vegetable rows have been that way since March of this year.

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A special water meter was put on the fire hydrant in May so Howell could water his thirsty crops. An early freeze combined with dry weather has decreased the productivity of many farms in the area. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

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A special water meter was put on the fire hydrant in May so Howell could water his thirsty crops. An early freeze combined with dry weather has decreased the productivity of many farms in the area.

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Johnny Howell from Fairview, Tennessee is known for his tomatoes, as pictured on his cap. He says that watering his crops around-the-clock might be the only chance of getting his tomatoes on the market stand. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

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Johnny Howell from Fairview, Tennessee is known for his tomatoes, as pictured on his cap. He says that watering his crops around-the-clock might be the only chance of getting his tomatoes on the market stand.

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