Price of sod may skyrocket in drought conditions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It is day 84 of the Drought in the Heartland. The dry summer conditions may cause the price of sod to skyrocket.

The owner of Austin Farms Sodding, Jody Chavez says his production is not what it should be.

Chavez had to outsource his product to give homeowners in Kansas City the quality they want and pass that cost onto the homeowner.

Across the board, you can expect to pay 20 to 30 percent more for the product he currently has. Chavez said if he brings in sod from out of state for customers they can expect to pay 50 to 60 percent more.

"If we run out of sod, we would try to outsource it within the area. We found that from here to Kansas, within a 50 mile radius, farmers around, they have experienced the same thing. Supply is down, demand is somewhat up," said Chavez.

Chavez has been in the sodding industry for 19 years and said this is the worst drought he has seen.

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