South Carolina Farmers Cope With Drought

LOWRYS, SC (WBTV)- Watermelons are beaming with bright green colors at the Cotton Hills farm along Highway 321 in Chester County, but Jeb Wilson is in a battle of man versus nature.

He has help in this summer's fight with two ponds.

While the levels are down, ponds on the family  farm do offer critical life lines.

Keeping fruits and vegetables alive in a drought means getting water to the fields by any means necessary.

Produce isn't the only thing in danger; a drought can leave an H20 supply in dire straits.

"We have about 30 acres. That we're watering out of this pond," Wilson said."We probably got a month's supply left in this pond and we have the upper pond. So I think we'll have enough water to get through the season."

It has been a season of uncertainty, when you consider the connection between what comes out of the soil and lands of store shelves.

In Fort Mill, Danni Buehler manages this road side produce stand.

She hears the frustration from farmers about the weather and complaints voiced by customers regarding higher prices.

She said, "The farmers don't have a huge surplus and not able to provide things to us at a great price. We're not able to pass a great price on to the consumers right now."

It is the corn crop taking the biggest hit a across the Carolinas.

The Wilson family is lucky. Corn is expected to survive.

That's also the case with cotton.

However, making it on the farm season after season depends on the gifts from Mother Nature.

"Rain is the only way we have to fill our ponds back up," Wilson said.

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