Consistent rain has kept Ohio farmers out of the field

Planting progress has been slow in Ohio.

AgReliant Genetics agronomy division manager John Brien says steady rains have kept farmers in his area out of the field.

“We’ve had consistent rain throughout the month of May. Nice little window in April for some people, some people, no window at all,” he said. “They just have been very consistent. We would get two nice days of drying and then it would rain.”

He tells Brownfield farmers shouldn’t make any drastic changes to their planting intentions – yet.

“Finish planting what you had planned and the field that you had planned,” he said. “We have plenty of time.”

Despite little progress, Brien remains confident that farmers can still raise a high yielding crop.

“History has shown us that we still can raise some fantastic crops, planting the end of May, beginning of June,” he said. “Some of the best yields come from growers that have had it all planted in that window. Allow that plan to give us the bushels we’re planning for.”

The state of Ohio has had less than 15 days suitable for fieldwork in the last 7 weeks of the growing season.

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