Relief on the Way for Local Farmers Battling Triple-Digit Temps

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BALCH SPRINGS, TX -- We’re in the midst of the longest heatwaves in years. Some might say it’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, DFW was nearly underwater and now there’s a burn ban in Johnson and Kaufman counties.

It’s not just the grass that’s affected by this weather.  Local farmers have been taking the heat too.

“It’s also affected fall because now  is when we’re  trying  to germinate our fall crops,” Marie Tedei of Eden’s Garden CSA Farm said. “Things like broccoli, and cauliflower, and kale, and lettuce. And the soil, even in the shade, can be 100 degrees.  It affects us as farmers. We’re up early, early in the morning. I know some farmers wear the little headlamps and are out in the dark.”

Tedei runs the only farmer’s market in Balch Springs. Some of her tomatoes and peppers are hot, and not in a good way.

“Tomatoes, the plants themselves, can take the heat, but they won’t pollinate," she said. "For the most part, I’m worried about the animals, the effect that it has on them. You’ve got to make sure that they have plenty of water. Farm animals don’t get to come into the air conditioning when there’s a heat wave."

But hey, there's good news. Things might start cooling down with nighttime temps in the 70s.

“The cooler temperatures at night give the plants a break,” she explained.  “If it stays too hot during the nighttime temperatures, the plants don’t ever have an opportunity to take water up because they kind of go dormant. They’re shutting down to conserve moisture.”