Ohio’s Battle with Planting Crops

by Ashley Zilka on May 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

When it comes to statistics, the state of Ohio is losing its battle with planting summer crops.

Due to the extremely wet conditions, Ohio is seeing fewer crops in the ground. Muskingum County OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling says typically at this point, we should see 80 percent of the corn crop planted, but now we only see 11 percent. And as far as the soy bean crop, normally over half would be in the ground. As of now, we are only seeing around 5 percent.

"This is really once in a generation situation. It’s been…I think the last year that we saw some of these numbers…were clear back in 1981 so its fairly significant in terms of the lateness of the crop…particularly for Ohio," said Mechling. 

Mechling says farmers have some tools they can use to deal with these concerning issues…one of those tools being crop insurance.

"If they don’t get the crop in the ground by a certain date, if they choose not to plant that crop, then they receive a payment. It’s certainly not going to be a large payment but it would be a payment to take care of some of those expenses that they have already invested in the crops," said Mechling. 

Mechling says farms may have to shift to a shorter season variety of corn that require fewer days to mature.