Pinewood, SC (WLTX)- A record setting month is now behind us, but the effects of the extreme heat and lack of rain in July are taking a toll on many farmers in our state today.
"The cucumbers burnt up in the field, i mean they literally burnt up," said Mike Dellinger looking out into his 17 acres of farm land in Pinewood.
Day in, day out Dellinger is burning up in his fields right there with his vegetable crops.
"It was the hottest month and if you need somebody to vouch for it- call me I will tell you it was."
Water is what both Dellinger and his plants really needed last month, as much of the state was in a drought.
"Last year was a little challenging but this year was longer, we were really dry. The dryness and extreme temperatures has been horrible."
Unlike larger farms, there is no crop insurance for speciality farms, which is what Dellinger operates.
"We don't have the privilege of banking on insurance at the end of the year. If we lose crops we have to tighten up and get another crop in because we have to make and income."
Despite the challenges, Dellinger says he will continue to farm because that's what he loves to do.