Photo courtesy OSU Extension/Glen Arnold


I know everyone is talking about it, and it’s on almost every producer’s mind and it doesn’t appear it is going anywhere soon. It seems like this year, the weather is just fighting against most farmers. After all, it is May 3 and the farmers aren’t even close to be able to getting into the fields, at least in most of the Midwest.

I just finished up a story for this week’s Farm and Dairy about delayed planting and not trying to “mud in” the corn crop. However, I know farmers are getting frustrated and antsy.

Just take a drive through Ohio and Pennsylvania and you will see nothing going on in the fields. I was hoping I would see something going on in the fields and have some pictures to share after this past weekend. That didn’t happen.

I was positive the weather pattern would turn around by the end of this weekend. I even scheduled a few assignments on the hopes it would be decent outside. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be another wet week with over an inch of rain forecasted for the next couple of days.

Now, I’m the kind of person who likes to see the glass half full rather than half empty. And just like most farmers, I keep checking that weather report.

The good news: Starting May 10 (I know, I know, it is a long way off and we need it now…) there are seven days of sunshine predicted with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s.

The positive person in me says it is going to stay that way. The realist says… Oh boy… It could change dramatically and we could be in real trouble if we are hoping for good weather 10 days away.

Let’s go with the positive thinking first and assume that’s when planters in this area will hit the ground running and they will be able to get the job done!

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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