Rain Affecting Agriculture

by Brittany Harris on May 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

The recent rainfall is keeping many local farmers from planting their seasonal crops.

Schroeder Farms Owner Rich Schroeder said it’s been especially tough since many of his vegetables need to be planted around this time.

"If we get a couple good dry days maybe we can hit it and get some in but it’s going to delay the season," he siad. "It will be later in the year before there’s any abundance of locally grown fresh produce."

The ground has been too wet to plant any sweet corn or tomatoes; it’s also getting a late for broccoli and cauliflower. He said no matter what, they have to work around the weather.

"I mean the life of a farmer we continue on and do the best we can with what god gives us," said the Farmer.

Schroeder Farms sells fresh produce every Saturday at the Farmers Market at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.