Wet fields a growing problem for farmers

BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) – The wet spring so far is generating a flood of concerns for area farmers.

“A lot of farmers are getting nervous at where we’re at in the season,” says Steve Gabbard with Sunset Stables and Farm.

Gabbard says he’s ready to start planting corn but the ground is still too wet and cold.  One field of his has seen four inches of rain in the last week alone.

“We’re looking at seven to ten days of good, sunny, windy dry weather to dry out enough to work,” Gabbard says.

Gabbard says many farmers want to start planting corn at the end of March or early April at the latest.  A delay could make for a difficult growing season.

“The biggest thing is it will impact yields at the end of the season,” Gabbard says. “We’re shortening our growing season by being unable to plant early.”

Gabbard says the wet conditions could eventually lead to shoppers getting soaked at grocery stores.

“If yields are down and grain prices eke back up it could mean higher prices at the store,” Gabbard says.

Those at Sunset Stables and Farm say the later they plant, the later they’ll have to wait to harvest any corn and that brings concerns about what an early freeze could do to the crop

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