Offsetting Drought for Small Scale Vegetable Production in North Carolina
Hot, dry periods are common during most growing seasons in the southeastern United States. Weather data may indicate that rainfall was adequate for crop production during a given month; but if the bulk of the rain falls during a oneweek period, the remainder of the month may be too dry for the crop to grow properly. On average, you can expect a 40 to 60 percent reduction in yields due to inadequate rainfall. The greatest losses in a drought are usually in the marketplace because of poor quality and inconsistent supplies.