Dealing With Extreme Heat On The Farm

The heat is inconvenient for many of us -- potentially dangerous for people working in it -- and for those who make their living working the land or raising livestock, this heat can also scorch a farmer's livelihood.

Mills and Son Farms in Winterville and Greenville is coming off a hard year where dry conditions ruined their crops, so a good harvest this year is all the more important. Although temperatures are way up much earlier this year, Michael Mills says they're not panicking yet, because of one key difference -- rain.

The Mills family also raises pigs, which are being kept cool thanks to dozens of fans and lots of water. Michael Mills says, "You try to keep them cool, keep the fans on them, they spray water on them every so often you know, cause hogs don't sweat, and they have to have water on them."

So far this season pigs and plants are weathering well, which keeps Mills hopeful for a healthy harvest.

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  • by Farmerswife on May 31, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    14yearOldFarmer, you don't even have the slightest clue what your talking about. Your not even old enough to know what it is like to be a REAL farmer. I think there may be slight jealousy in your comment.
  • by farmer on May 31, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    this is to the 14 year old wana be farmer. You are not even old enough to know what you are talking about. you prolly wish you could be a real farmer.
  • by 14yearOldFarmer on May 31, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    This report is a load of psychobabble!Any real farmer could see threw this BS!
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      by Scott on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to 14yearOldFarmer
      I don't even know how to respond to that. Did you even read "threw" the story?
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    we have chickens, putting a frozen gallon of water behind a fan seems to keep them pretty cool, We change the ice just after lunchtime.
  • by Keep Dem Piggies Cool! on May 31, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    I don't want a price increase on my bacon/ham/sausage/ribs/pork chops. I'll volunteer to hose them down. I'll even clean the stalls for a decent, I'm just kidding. I don't like pork THAT much!
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      by Scott on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to Keep Dem Piggies Cool!
      As long as it's 15 bucks and hour and air conditioned right? No eight dollar an hour moving limbs in the heat bs either.

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