NJ farmers seeing crops wither in high temperatures

New Jersey farmers are watching their crops wither from the heat after enduring three weeks without rain.

It isn't only lawns that are affected by the heat, but Jersey Fresh crops as well. Bob Puska, a farmer in Somerset County showed News 12 New Jersey just how much the growth of his plants has been stunted, including crops of corn and hay.

Puska says that the ground is so hard and dry that it's difficult to even scoop up a handful of soil. He doubts that rain would be enough to bring his crops back to life.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) says that the state is not facing a water shortage. Christie says that the Department of Environmental Protection wants New Jersey residents to conserve, but the state is not yet at a crisis point.

This past spring's heavy rains and flooding ensure there is groundwater, but the shallow roots of grass and farm crops can't reach that water source.

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