Heats Impact on Farming And Livestock
June saw an unexpected heat wave sweep over the southwestern U.S. Temperatures were so high that flights were grounded, power was knocked out, and roads were buckling. To no one’s surprise, farmers have been hit hard by this extreme heat. Crops will undoubtedly suffer stress and lead to lower yields. Livestock and poultry suffer from the heat too. Farmers had their hands full trying to protect animals from heat stress and losses. From physically moving animals to installing sprinklers and shade structures, the efforts are commendable, but will they be enough?