Have you talked to a farmer in the Farm and Dairy reading area? Oh, how I pity you! I’m not going to lie, they are getting kind of crabby and it shows.

They are just waiting for the day when it’s dry enough to get into those fields.

Mention planting and they get a look on their face — it’s kind of scary!

And the comments they come back with, “You know how far along I was last year at this time?”

When I attended the April 19 meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, you could hear those in attendance grumbling because planting was behind, some cattle hadn’t made it to the pasture yet and were eating all the profits in hay!

Don’t get me wrong. You can talk to most farmers about almost every other subject in the world and they are fine. They will even crack a smile for a joke. But if the subject comes back to field work. Watch out!

You can look in many farmers’ eyes at this point and you see them dreaming of the fields. Or just look in the machinery sheds, the planter sitting by the door and the grain drill right next to it. The seed, fertilizer and chemicals are piled high in storage buildings. The tractors have been readied…

I should have known this, but I’m hard-headed and sometimes I really have to find out by myself.

This past weekend, I was talking to my three brothers. Two of them are full-time grain farmers. The other one is a landscape foreman. All of them had nothing good to say about the rain this month, like most people.

Even the landscape foreman is jumping to get his spring work completed; his work schedule has been hampered by the wet weather as well! He told me his clients aren’t going to be happy if their flower beds aren’t full by a certain date or they are not able to get the lawns just right.

So here we were trying to have a conversation and I’m trying to make sure I don’t touch the weather subject. Guess what, it doesn’t work! The one subject always seems to come up again.

We started talking about the market and the outlook and it circled back to the weather! I couldn’t win!

Let’s hope the weather people are wrong. It shows rain possible for the next four days and then sunshine on Saturday. Here’s the really bad part though, then it starts the month of May off with four more days of rain.

I’m going to really run out of stuff to talk about with my family!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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