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Published: 8/12/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago


Toledo Magazine: Drought challenges growers

A drought and harsh weather this summer has left many farmers in a bind. Norman Keil who owns land in Sylvania Township has lost a portion of his crops this year to drought. But as a small-scale farmer with a large diversity of plantings, he's been able to avoid the worst of the drought's effects. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Norman Keil heads back to his truck after harvesting peppers on his family's farm in Sylvania Township. Though Keil has lost a portion of his crops this year to drought, as a small-scale farmer with a large diversity of plantings, he's been able to avoid the worst of the drought's effects. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Norman Keil heads back to his truck after harvesting peppers on his family's farm in Sylvania Township. Though Keil has ...
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A creek bed just north of Sylvania in Whiteford Township, Mich. is completely dry. Despite some rain last week, the drought in the midwest continues as temperatures extend into the 90s. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A creek bed just north of Sylvania in Whiteford Township, Mich. is completely dry. Despite some rain last week, the ...
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Mr. Keil holds an eggplant that has been scorched by the sun. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mr. Keil holds an eggplant that has been scorched by the sun.
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Mr. Keil harvests sweet corn on his family's property in Sylvania Township. He is the third generation to work the family farm. His son, John, works with him as well on the 80-acre farm. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mr. Keil harvests sweet corn on his family's property in Sylvania Township. He is the third generation to work the ...
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Mr. Keil makes his way to his fields while harvesting for a trip to the farmers' market. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mr. Keil makes his way to his fields while harvesting for a trip to the farmers' market.
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Mr. Keil harvests corn at his family farm in Sylvania Township. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mr. Keil harvests corn at his family farm in Sylvania Township.
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Recent rain combined with irrigation has helped keep some crops from failing, though it wasn't in time to save this pepper. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Recent rain combined with irrigation has helped keep some crops from failing, though it wasn't in time to save this pepper.
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'It's all you can do to survive,' Mr. Keil said. He's doing what he can to minimize the impact of this harsh weather on his family's business. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 'It's all you can do to survive,' Mr. Keil said. He's doing what he can to minimize the impact ...
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