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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Farmers affected by long-standing drought

  • With all of Oklahoma in a drought, and much of the state in an “extreme drought,” many are concerned about what this means for crops and farmers.
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  • With all of Oklahoma in a drought, and much of the state in an “extreme drought,” many are concerned about what this means for crops and farmers.
     
    Local farmer Robert Nowakowski said he is concerned about the lack of rain, but hasn’t made any decisions about switching crops.
     
    “We’re not a point where we have to make decisions about what to plant,” he said. “These are decisions that haven’t been made, but have been on our minds.”
     
    Nowakowski is currently planning to plant corn, however corn requires a lot of water that other plants do not, he said.
     
    The issue with changing plants is that Nowakowski has to be careful to plant what he can sell, he said. If there’s not a market for it locally, it will be difficult to make his money back, he added.
     
    Additionally Nowakowski has been considering selling some of his cattle because of the “dangerously low situation,” with his ponds.
     
    It is dangerous for his cattle to walk very far into the pond because of the mud, he said. They can get stuck or even break a leg.
     
    “It’s a pretty serious business right now,” Nowakowski said. “It’s in conversation everyday.”
     

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