Drought won’t let up on Colorado farmers
BRIGHTON, Colo. — The Palizzi farm, in Brighton, has been in Debbie Palizzi’s family for 4 decades. She says she has never seen a drought drag on like this one.
“It’s beg, borrow and steal from anybody you can get it from,” she says.
Palizzi says her crew has had to pick and choose which crops to water. “I am having customers complain about a size of our corn. Our corn is usually huge ears, and they’re all askin’?: ‘why is the corn so small?’ That’s a direct effect of the water.”
A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers in hard-hit areas of the state are eligible for low-interest loans.
Meantime, back in Brighton, the Palizzi farm is getting ready for a Labor Day Corn and Chili Festival. “If we don’t have some moisture this winter, I think we’re only in for a worse summer to come,” says Debbie Palizzi.