LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP, UNION COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Dairy farmers across the commonwealth are dealing with the impacts of inflation.

But one part of our area is also dealing with the worst drought they’ve seen in almost a decade.

“We haven’t in our area, Mifflinburg area, New Berlin area, we haven’t had rain in a month-and-a-half, 2 months.”

Third generation farmer Jennifer Mapes says this is the worst drought she’s seen in almost a decade.

“A farmer down the road his corn doesn’t even come up to our knees. So it’s just terrible really. That farmer has a complete loss from his field. It costs thousands of dollars to plant and upkeep it. When there’s no rain, there’s no corn.”

A cycle any farmer hates to see.

“As a farmer, we plant crops in our field to feed our cattle. When there’s no rain and the crops don’t grow, our cows won’t be able to be fed the proper nutrition.”

That means her cows will produce less and lower quality milk, which will lead to a rise in prices at the grocery store.

“It’s scary. We love this life. We love this lifestyle. We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t love it. With this drought, it really puts pressure on farmers. Is this really worth doing this anymore? Is there a different lifestyle we would prefer?”

As for this third-generation farmer, she says she won’t quit. So when the fourth generation is ready, the Mapes farming legacy will live on.

“When it’s in your blood, it’s in your blood. When you were raised doing that, that’s all you know. They’re really trying to hang on. We’re praying to god we get rain in Mifflinburg so family farmers can continue to pass their legacy onto the next generation.”