The consecutive days of wet weather we’ve seen have local farmers concerned about planting this season.
The rain has not been excessive, however, the breaks between events have been minimal. This has resulted in poor soil conditions and untimely planting.
"Typically we’d like to see that corn planted in the early part of May," said Mark Mechling,Extension Educator for Muskingum County. "Here we are almost half way through the month and a lot of crops are not in the ground."
Many seeds that have already been planted are also susceptible to rot due to flooding. Another issue going forward into the late part of spring is the first cutting of hay.
"Hay requires again some dry conditions, several days of dry conditions, and that’s just not been available," stated Mechling,"as the season progresses with hay making, the quality of hay goes down."
This spring also marks the 100th anniversary of the Ohio State University Extension. The Smith-Lever act established in 1914 enacted the Cooperative Extension Service. OSU Extension is the official outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences.