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Drought plagues farm land

The recent rainfall in our area has barely made a dent in our rainfall deficit and local farmers continue to be challenged by the extremely dry conditions. The drought our region faces not only affects people, but it also affects their livelihood. One local farmer in Brunswick County today says the recent rainfall helped, but it was still not enough. Chip Caroll is a fourth-generation cattle farmer whose business depends on the health of his cows. Caroll raises over 200 cattle on his 700-acre plot of farm land where he grows hay to feed them. His entire herd can go through thousands of pounds of hay a day, which comes from the grass he grows on his property. However, without water, there's no grass, and without grass, there's no hay. The problem Caroll faces during drought conditions is the loss of hay needed to sustain his business. Even though drought conditions continue to plague North Carolina, Caroll says he's optimistic about the future. "We were one of the fortunate areas, we probably got about six inches out of the last rainfall that came through, so we're probably good if we can get some rain in a couple of weeks," Caroll said. Our region's rainfall deficit remains at 20 inches below normal for the season.

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