I was a little concerned about some pictures I took last week of flooded soybean fields in northwest Wayne County. I knew we were having a wet harvest across the state, but I wasn’t sure if the flooding of those fields was a true representation of other regions.

Well, after completing a lengthy trip to Fremont on Thursday, I can honestly say those pictures are a lot more accurate than I had imagined. All the way across U.S. Route 224, and the county roads in Seneca and surrounding counties, I saw ponds where there weren’t supposed to be any, and mud so deep that I was glad I wore boots.

If you live anywhere near that area, or near Tiffin, Ohio, you probably know all about it. I was interviewing farmers in that area about the conservation practices they use to help control runoff into the Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. This year, especially, their efforts will be put to the test. Much of the state already has seen a record rainfall, and we have two more months to go.

The good news is, I’ve heard very few reports of rot and mold at this point. Farmers up there told me that’s been the one blessing — so far, so good. But keep your fingers crossed.

Change of events

And, while the forecast may not be spectacular looking ahead, it’s definitely looking a lot better. The National Weather Service shows a mix of sun and clouds over the next week, with temperatures rising into the mid to upper 50s. Eastern Pennsylvania could see snow over the weekend, but temperatures will be climbing there, as well.

The greatest chance of rain looks to be 30 percent, with accumulation of less than a tenth of an inch. With all the water already in the ground, and on top the ground, it’s hard to see that as a positive.

But it’s much better than the all-day soakings we’ve had in recent days. And if we’re fortunate, we’ll miss that 30 percent altogether. Let’s hope!

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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