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Farmers a bit behind schedule on planting

 
Farmers a bit behind schedule on planting
Posted Friday, May 9th 2014 @ 3pm  by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- This spring's cold and wet conditions have farmers in a bind when it comes to planting their crops.

While they're behind schedule, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Joe Cornely says they're not ready to panic yet.

"They will look back to some years when we didn't get the corn planted until even the first of June and made decent yields," said Joe Cornely with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says that about 8 percent of Ohio's corn crop is planted. The five-year average is 25 percent. Soybeans are only 3 percent planted when there is usually about 12 percent of the crop in the ground by now.

"At last report we were actually a little bit ahead of where we were last year and we made some good crops last year," Cornely said.

Cornely said farmers always like to try and have crops in the ground by mid-May, but technology has helped give them a bit more wiggle room.

"Mechanical technology and bio-technology makes it a little easier for farmers to cope," he said.

(Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

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