Extreme Summer Weather Hurts Farmers in Mississippi

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Louisiana Extension

Mississippi peanut and cotton grower Van Hensarling is facing a disaster. He lost about two-thirds of his cotton crop and half of his peanut crop due to extreme summer weather.

Hensarling told CBS News, “I’ve been farming for over 40 years, but I’ve never seen anything like this.

Jack Daley, a soybean grower in neighboring Louisiana, also suffered heavy losses. He calls soybeans “poor peas” because they are so sensitive to weather conditions.

“Everything on the farm suffers if you can’t fully utilize the crop’s harvest and potential,” Daley said.

Extreme weather during the summer of 2023 included 27 consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, and nearly six weeks without rain from mid-July through the end of August. The heat wave was so intense that it didn’t cool off at night, further stressing soybeans and farmers.

Extreme Summer Weather Hurts Farmers in Mississippi

Farms across the U.S., from northern California to Minnesota and eastward to Mississippi, have been affected by the summer’s extreme weather. These impacts hurt both farmers like Daley and U.S. consumers.

Daley was relatively lucky, losing only about 15 percent of his soybean crop. But some farmers lost their entire crops.

Daley said, “It looks like we’re going to lose our crop.”

Despite the losses, farmers like Hensarling and Daley remain optimistic. They’re already preparing for the next growing season, hoping for more favorable weather conditions.

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