Nichole Hannahs

Farmers Face Soggy Fields

by Nichole Hannahs on April 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

Seven inches of rain in Muskingum County has farmers facing soggy fields.

In Muskingum and Morgan Counties over 12-hundred acres of oats went all but unplanted due to wet weather. The Farm Service Agency’s Bill Huston said that farmers have 15 days from Tuesday to make a claim in order to receive help from federal programs. While Huston said it’s not time to panic the concern turns to getting corn in the ground.

"The good thing about agriculture anymore is that our equipment is so good and so sized correctly we can put a lot out in a hurry," said Huston. "Last year in Ohio there were reports that 30% of the corn crop was planted in one week."

Government leaders have argued recently about the need for farm programs Huston said in cases like this that’s why they are necessary.

"A lot of people, a lot of congressmen, a lot of news media are saying they don’t need the farm program anymore because the price of corn is $7.50 a bushel and that’s almost a record and all these farmers are going to get rich. $7.50 doesn’t mean very much if you can’t get the crop in the ground," explained Huston.

While Ohio doesn’t make much of a dent in the national impact when it comes to the planting of corn and soya beans it will affect money being spent locally. Huston said for every dollar generated by a farmer three to five is spent in the community.