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.
Over 500 people attended the Farmer's Share Breakfast at Zanesville High School, Saturday morning. The fourth annual breakfast was cooked by about 80 local Future Farmer's of America students and farmer's from around Muskingum County.
"It's just an educational opportunity to bring the pubic out and meet some of the local farmers who are growing their food. We also have a lot of agricultural displays around the room and there's a scavenger hunt where people can answer the questions...
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.
The recent rainfall is preventing local farmers from planting their summer crops.
Mark Mechling with the Muskingum County OSU Extension Office said usually 15% of the corn crops are planted around this time, but right now they're only at about 1%. Vegetables, hay, and meadow seedings have also been delayed.
"We're confident once the weather does break that farmers will be able to get a lot of planting done in a relatively short amount of time, it's still going to take...
The continuous rounds of 90-degree temperatures are taking a toll on local farmers.
It's slowing done the production on some crops.
"Some of the crops will come together that we have spaced . It will make all the crops come together at one time. It'll kill off some of the crops. Some of the zucchini and squash can't take that heat and the cucumbers sometimes die off, " says Karen Schroeder of Schroeder's Vegetable Farm.
You'll see plenty of farmers all nestled in the parking lot of the Welcome Center tomorrow.
It's the official kick-off of the Downtown Farmer's Market, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
There will be between 10 and 15 vendors to choose from.
"We will add a spice vendor this week. Still trying to coordinate with a salsa and a mustard vendor, but the produce vendors are back. Plenty of vendors. The baked goods vendor. They're already lined up, " says...