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The relentless summer of heat on the tea farm

Drought has hit our Mississippi tea farm. The hot and dry weather has been relentless. We have had 11 days above 100F and not had measurable rain since July 1st. We have had 63 days above 90F this summer. In other words, it has been hot and dry and now to the point of brutal and dangerous. Tea grows between 50F and 100F. It is also a poor conductor of water through the bush. We are currently running the irrigation over 7.5 acres of land on a daily basis. We pumped 655,200 gallons of water onto the crop last week. We are also watering at night to help evaporation stay to a minimum but with night time temps in the...

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5 things we learned starting a tea farm.

I recently got asked to share my thoughts on what we have learned from starting a tea farm business. Below are 5 learnings that stood out for us, starting The Great Mississippi Tea Farm. 1 - Be prepared to ride it out. Whether it is with equipment investments or just starting your first plantings, you have to be ready to ride it out for as much as ten years. When we planted our first 30,000 tea plants we lost all but 1000. That 1000, then took 6 years before it became able to produce any tea for sale. If you buy equipment, it is incredibly expensive and it may take 10 years before you get a return on that investment....

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