Randolph County farmer says drought is hurting crops

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SEAGROVE, N.C. -- Thomas Lawrence has been praying for rain for the past few weeks.

He owns two 180-acre farms in Seagrove where he raises livestock and farms about half a dozen crops including corn, wheat, oats and soybeans.

But lately, Lawrence says those crops have been struggling due to a lack of rain and two straight weeks of near-100-degree temperatures.

"This two-week heat wave that we've had is really taking the moisture out," Lawrence said.

According to the Associated Press, the state climate office at NC State University says North Carolina is now experiencing its first drought in two years.

Many areas are an inch or more below what they normally get this time of the year.

"Last week, it looked horrible before we got the thunderstorms," he said.

Lawrence fears the drought could have a huge impact on his bottom line.

Corn and soybeans make up about 60 percent of his profits.

"The corn crop, if it got destroyed by drought, it would be a total loss," he said.

It’s a thought that keeps the farmer up throughout the night.

"It'll cause you to lose sleep," he said.

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