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Heat Takes A Toll On Crops And Flowers In Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - While the heat is taking a toll on many people in Salisbury, according to one local former, his crops and flowers suffer as well.

Gaylon Adkins, owner of Adkins Farm Market, says they went from watering once a day to sometimes three times a day. On a normal day without the heat, they only water once.

"The flowers don't like it even if they're wet, the heat is rough on them."

Adkins says when they harvest vegetables, they get them packed in the cooler as quickly as possible. The heat also affects the pollination with the bees, which can hurt crops such as corn.

"The heat, when it's pollinating, if it gets above 90 degrees, it does not pollinate correctly, so you may have ears when you harvest that don't have all the kernels on there."

Gaylon says the heat may keep them from getting as much produce as they would like, but if farmers keep enough water on their products, they should be just fine. However, if the heat continues, prices may start to climb.

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