Too Much Rain, Not Enough Corn

by Danielle Cotterman on June 7, 2011 at 7:23 am

Too much rain, and not enough sun has been the problem for many Ohio farmers this year… Meaning fresh produce will be late hitting the shelves, and an even bigger headache for farmers.

County Executive Director of Muskingum-Morgan Farm Service Agency, Bill Huston, said, insurance issues for farmers need to be addressed soon. He said, many farmers sell their product in advance, by promising a certain product amount to distributors, but if the corn can’t be planted, the farmer are still responsible for the sale.

"It’s not as bad as it was a week ago," said Huston. "However, the problem is that this is probably the worst year. I’ve had a lot of the more seasoned farmers call and say, this is probably the worst they’ve seen since the 50’s."

Huston said, about 60% of this years sweet corn has been planted. He knows of two Muskingum County farmers who have successfully planted their crop, so consumers can expect some local corn, but it may not come soon enough.

"The biggest problem we have as a fruit and vegetable producer is, once you get to that Mid-August people, kids start going back to school, thats when your marketing’s sale, especially at road side stands, starts to drop off," said Huston.

Huston encourages farmers to contact their crop insurance agent as soon as possible to begin sorting out their revenue.