After one of the driest Mays in fifty years, farmers across the region are facing a harsh reality.
Matt Lewis, a fifth generation corn and soybean farmer in rural Ohio, said his 870 acres of beans are about to starve themselves due to a lack of water. In the early stages it is critical for them to get rain and in Scioto Bottomlands, the soil is cracking.
There are some green patches where water collected in early May, which Lewis said offers hope provided the weather turns quickly.
“It’s like going to Vegas, it’s like a roll,” Lewis said about farming, “You’ve got the river and you’ve got the weather.”
The Scioto Bootomlands’ harvest is in jeopardy with dust devils roaming where it’s normally fertile.