It’s been a rainy spring, hasn’t it? The same rain that has probably hampered your style when it comes to enjoying the (finally!) warmer weather has also been a challenge for farmers. Across the country, farmers are struggling to get crops in the ground due to wet conditions. Here in central Indiana, when the ground gets dry enough, we seem to get more rain. Then it can take days of dry weather to get back in the fields.
All that rain has made spring 2019 an unusual one. Five year averages in Indiana say that by this time, typically 80% of corn and 50% of soybeans have already been planted. This year, it’s around 15% of corn and 6% of soybeans. Chances are, if you are driving around you aren’t going to find many fields planted. The situation is getting desperate for farmers.
The good news is that here at MDSC we’ve been able to get several plantings of sweet corn in the ground, despite the wet conditions. Dad does his best to plant often—from early spring into the middle of summer—to have a continuous supply at the markets week after week.