Farmers say rain speeds up the process

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Farmers and organizers are getting ready to kick off a major local festival.

The main attraction will be corn, after all it’s the Fairborn ‘Sweet Corn’ Festival.

But there could be one problem and that’s the actual corn.

Mother Nature has had farmers making some adjustments to their plans.

Chief Meterologist Brian Davis reports that this summer we’ve had a little more than 13 inches of rain, which is 4 inches more than last year.

For some it raises the question, is that good or bad for the corn?

Brentlinger’s Farming says in their case it was good.

Like most farmers, they started planting in the spring.

At Brentlinger’s, they plan it out so corn is ready for picking every 10 days or so. The rain wiped out that system because the corn grew all at once and grew fast.

Farmers tells 2 NEWS the ideal weather they want is hot with some rain, but not all rain.

They know the weather is out of their hands so they for the best and worst case scenario.

“We never know what Mother Nature is going to deal us that’s correct,” Linda Bertlinger Dawes said. “But we plant so much that it could be that maybe we have a year where the corn would end maybe the first part of September, but normally we can go to mid September but a lot of times we’ve gone to the end of September.”

Bertlinger Dawes said as long as there’s corn to pick, most farmers aren’t complaining.

It’s her family’s 34th year participating in the festival. She assures me there will be plenty of corn this year.

The Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival starts Saturday at 11 AM. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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