TALBOT COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) - Weeks of triple-digit temperatures have sent parts of Maryland's Eastern Shore into extreme drought.
"As far as grains like corn and soybeans are concerned this is a disaster," reports Chip Councell of Councell Farms outside Easton.
Councell calls the effect of 100-degree temperatures and wind as "like a blowtorch" on some fields of corn.
One neighbor cut down his corn months early in an effort to at least salvage some of the stalks for livestock feed. In that case, all hope of producing corn kernels is lost.
Only about 30% of the mid-shore farmlands are irrigated by wells.
Ironically, ground that is irrigated is producing some of the best melons and tomatoes in years. Those crops thrive in hot dry conditions, Councell says.
"The supply may not be great, but the quality is very high," Councell said.