Rain Delays Planting of Crops

by Brittany Harris on April 27, 2011 at 6:28 am

The recent rainfall is preventing local farmers from planting their summer crops.

Mark Mechling with the Muskingum County OSU Extension Office said usually 15% of the corn crops are planted around this time, but right now they’re only at about 1%. Vegetables, hay, and meadow seedings have also been delayed.

"We’re confident once the weather does break that farmers will be able to get a lot of planting done in a relatively short amount of time, it’s still going to take weeks to get that done, but certainly our concern is when that rain is going to stop," said Mechling.

He said many tools are now available for farmers to ensure that their crops are not a total loss in terms of revenue.

"I think it’s important to realize that farmers put up a lot of money to initially plant those crops and they do have some risk management tools like crop insurance to help them out in case there would be a real disaster," he said.

He tells consumers that local fruits and vegetables will still be available in our area markets and not to worry.