Only a few weeks ago we were singing “rain, rain, go away” here in Ohio and in most of western Pennsylvania. Depending on where you live, and which clouds have passed over your property the last week, you might still be wishing the rain would end.

But, a good number of places, including the Wayne-Ashland-Holmes county region where I spend most of my time, could actually use some rain.

I drove from Wooster to Ashland yesterday and a lot of the corn along U.S. Route 250 is showing early signs of drought. The leaves are folding over and becoming rigid and pointed, and the ground between the rows, and in the soybean fields, looks white and hard.

If you own a property like this, you probably don’t need to hear about it. A lot of experts predicted this year’s wet spring would be followed up by a dry summer, and if the current weather pattern holds out, that’s probably going to be the case.

We were fortunate in Wooster to receive a decent rainfall Thursday or Friday of last week, which made a big difference where it fell. But, there are still many places where no rain fell and where there’s no significant chance of rain into the foreseeable future.

Dry is nice

For those running combines over the past few days or making hay, I’m sure the dry spell has been a relief. In fact, I know it has.

But as much rain as we got this spring — and we sure got a lot — it’s not going to be enough to keep the ground moist if we don’t get the occasional rain through the summer and early fall.

Maybe we’ll get a few popup showers this week, as daytime temperatures climb into the lower 90s. When it gets that hot, I like a good afternoon shower because it helps cool things off. If you’re combining wheat or making hay, it’s certainly a different story.

Your story

How have things been in your neck of the state? Are your corn and beans making progress? Could you use some rain or is that the last thing on your mind right now?

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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