Warm Weather Costs Consumers Money

6 years 1 week 4 days ago Wednesday, June 13 2012 Jun 13, 2012 Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:16:00 PM CDT June 13, 2012 in News
By: Eric Hilt

COLUMBIA - Record-breaking temperatures in May have affected crops across Mid-Missouri, and the effects could cost consumers.

Because warm weather hit the area early in the year, farmers had to take extra precautions in growing produce. Deanna Pickering of Pick and Pick Plantation in Columbia say the hot weather has lowered the supply of fruits, which might raise the price.

"It could be passed on in somewhat higher prices because when there's a smaller supply, naturally the consumer suffers," Pickering said.

But high temperatures haven't affected only produce prices.

The dry weather and lack of rain forces gardeners to water their plants more often, which has water bills climbing. Local gardener's said that even though they haven't received their bills, they're anticipating paying more money.

"I'm sure the water bill will be much higher," local gardener Claire Schmidt said.

Farmers are also facing high water bills. Pickering said she waters her crops once a day, when in previous years she would only have to water two or three times a week.

Pickering said the spending may not stop when the heatwave is over. The effects of the heat, specifically high produce prices, could stretch into next year.

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