Chile farmers suffer as water runs short


May 2, 2013

SALEM, N.M. (KRQE) – Drought-hammer farmers in some parts of the state say conditions are the worst they’ve ever seen, and now the fate of this year’s chile crop hangs in the balance. In the Hatch Valley–New Mexico’s chile belt–the Rio Grande is just a river of sun-scorched dry sand and has been this way for three years.