CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Farmers are getting a very, late start to the spring planting season because of recent rainfall.
One local farmer says they usually see about four and a half inches of rain for the whole month of April, and his farm has already seen over five inches just half way through the month.
He says he can’t work in the soil when it is muddy and too much water can drown or rot some of the budding plants.
“A lot of people say, ‘Well gee isn’t all that rain good for the plants.’ Well yeah, if the plant is a weed. Weeds love it. Weeds grow like crazy. But the crops we eat, not so much. And it keeps us from planting those crops because of the mud,” said Michael Malone, Owner of Hungry Toad Farms.
Malone also says farmers need about five to seven days of dry weather to start planting crops. According to him the rain could push harvesting crops back to mid May.