A Challenging Year for Local Farmers

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Marianna, Florida - November 3, 2011 -

"I would say it's been a very challenging year," said Greenwood farmer Larry Ford.

After a roller coaster of a growing season, Ford said he's ready for a break.

"It would certainly be nice to go off and forget about it for a week or two," said Ford.

Unfortunately, everyone in the farming community knows it's not that easy. It may be the end of fall harvest, but there's still plenty of work to be done.

"During the winter time, we'll be planting for the new crop year where we're going to put what crop or rotation that we're going to be using," said Ford.

Like many other farmers, Ford is also a cattleman. He has about 150 cows, and for the next several weeks, he'll be busy as a lot of the cows start to have their calves.

And in order to do all that, it means more than just man power, which also takes a lot of upkeep.

"We'll be looking at equipment that needs working on and repairing, and with the livestock like I have, we always have something to do as far as fixing pens or fences," said Ford.

Ford said farming isn't a part-time job by any means, it's a year-round business.

"We doze, but we never close," said Ford.

As far as this year's drought goes, the biggest impact you'll likely see is the price of peanut butter. Peanut crops took a pretty hard hit in the tri-state area which accounts for 75% of the nation's total peanuts.

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