Severe drought impacting nursery crop in Warren County

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The severe drought conditions are impacting everyone across the southeast. Some of the most impacted, though, are the nurseries in Warren County.

Farmers there say the ground is so dry they are having trouble even getting their equipment into the ground.

“We have been waiting on the first freeze. Now that we got that we can’t get our digger into the ground to pull the trees,” Jimmy Barnes of Heritage Farms said. “If we can’t get our crop out and get it sold we are going to be financially hurting.

Warren County is the nursery capitol of the Middle Tennessee region and the dry conditions could really make an impact on the community.

“The only thing that could help now is a full week’s worth of rain,” Barnes said.

Not much rain is in the extended forecast. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has issued a state of emergency because of the dry conditions.