Farmers keeping close watch on crops during hot temperatures

YAKIMA, Wash. -- These scorching temperatures are giving farmers plenty of worry this summer.

When it gets this hot outside, crops tend to get over-ripe and burn up. As a result, growers of cherries, apples, and corn are on alert. Some farmers are using fans and sprinklers to keep their crops cool.

"The sun's not good cause it'll over-ripen and we don't want to pick it when it's over-riped because it gets smashed in the boxes and such," said Sarah Lichota.

The extreme heat can also slow growth and affect fertilization of the crops. So far we haven't heard of any actual damage from the heat.