With the cold weather we've been experiencing, Ohio farmer's are having a rough start to the new year. OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling, says because of the sub-zero temperatures across the state, there are some farmer's who could see damaged crops come springtime.
"Those fruit crops that we would be most concerned about would be peaches, our wine grapes, perhaps blueberries and certainly blackberries," Mechling explained.
With last fall's rainy weather, OSU Extension Educator, Mark Mechling, says many farmer's weren't able to complete their harvest. But with the cold weather we're experiencing, it's allowed farmer's to finish harvesting.
"We see a little bit of corn left and actually the cold weather has solidified that soil and allowed some of our farmer's to actually get some harvesting done in the past week or so," said Mechling. "So that's been a positive also."
The increase of rain and storms in our area have caused flooding in some parts of Muskingum County, which has affected farmer's crops and will eventually affect their yield at the end of the growing season. Mark Mechling of the OSU Extension Office in Muskingum County describes the weather as unusual.
"If you think back to Memorial Day, we were fairly dry and then we got kind of dry in most parts of Muskingum County during the month of June. However, in late June and now...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture distributed a planning report that indicated farmers will plant the largest corn and soybean crop in history.
The plan shows more than 100 million acres will be planted and the report already has affected crop prices
Extension Educator, Mark Mechling said, "But the price of corn and soybean, which have been historically high the past couple of months, have really tumbled the past couple days. So that has some implications for farmers as we...
The drought of last summer had many local farmers concerned about future crops.
Area farms had to deal with around two to three inches less of rainfall than normal. But with the recent snowfall the soil is able to play catch up.
Mark Mechling, OSU Extension Educator said, "certainly this rain and snow that we have experienced the last several weeks have been helpful, it has not completely replenished the ground water resources. So I think that is an important point, is...
The summer drought has taken a toll on farmers, but even with rain in the weekend forecast, farmer Mark Barnhart says it's too little too late to help summer produce, which has affected consumer turnout.
"This market is down dangerously low to sustain it." said Barnhart. "We need to get more people here on Wednesdays'. I don't know how long we'll run it, it depends on how long we have produce."
While farmers have seen a decrease in their crop yield,...
It has been several years since farmers in our area have experienced a summer season like this one.
One expert said he likes what we are seeing now to 1998, which was a hot dry summer for farmers. The weather we're experiencing is causing several issues including lack of development in soybeans and corn and unevenness in the crops.
"We're seeing some corn in some fields that are normal height and tasseling and other corn in that same field that are a couple feet tall,"...
The hot, dry weather is bad news for farmers in our area.
Extension Educator Mark Mechling said corn, soy bean and hay crops were all planted in a timely fashion, but the lack of rain is creating a stressful environment.
"As we head into the weekend, the temperatures are going to be near 90 degrees, and that stress will be amplified without that moisture," said Mechling. "Until we get some rain, we'll continue to see some of these signs of stress in the crops...
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.