The latest crop progress report shows 55-percent of the Ohio’s corn crop is in the ground. That’s a significant jump from last week’s 15 percent. That puts the state ahead of the five-year average. Like much of the Eastern Corn Belt, rain and cool conditions have impacted the start of the growing season.
Producers in Western Ohio have been fighting some wet and cool conditions since the beginning of the season. Now, it’s a race against the rain to get the planters rolling in the field. Bag after bag the race is on in order to beat what’s coming.
Bag after bag, the race is on to beat what's coming.
Mike Hannewald and his dad Keith, are trying to get one more field done for the day because rain has kept them out.
“It would be really nice if we could get this done before the rain. We have ideal conditions now. It could be awhile before we can get back on this ground,” said Mike Hannewald.
Hannewald has been fighting rain all spring. He finished corn late last week and even got a start on soybeans but that’s where it stops.
“We started Saturday May 2 and we always figured if we’re planting by the first of May, we’re doing pretty good so we’re very happy with where we’re at right now,” said Hannewald.
However, he says he's not running behind just yet. A late week warm-up has helps but cool weather is forecasted on top of their wet conditions. Twenty minutes Southeast, Kevin Thierry made a stop due to rain.
“We were wondering if it was ever going to warm up but it has now. So it's starting to get better," said Fulton County, Kevin Thierry.
Thierry says rain, cold conditions, and morning lows kept farmers out of the field early during the season.
"Normally guys will start about the fifteenth of April around here and they just chose not to, including myself," said Thierry.
But some heat did help him along. Thierry is done with corn but has yet to start beans.
"We're just hoping for some good heat the next few weeks to pop our crops up out of the ground that we already got in and continually dry the top of the soil so we can get back in the fields," said Thierry.
Uncertainty of weather even veteran farmers face year after year won't overshadow the optimism of this first year farmer. Both farmers plan to stay with their regular crop rotations, although both are finding other agronomic adjustments to help with pricing pressure.