Dry Season Pushes back Farmers' Planting Schedule

By: Tim Wronka Email
By: Tim Wronka Email

Rain may be an inconvenience for many of us, but for farmers, it's a good thing.

Farmers look forward to the spring rain to help get the ground moist for planting. It's also good for grass which helps with feed for cattle farmers.

This dry season is unusual and has pushed back planting season for many. It also depends on what they're doing.

“I might say on this side of the county if I've had enough rain,” said Stephen Saufley, a Rockingham County Farmer. “Somebody else may say, no, I need some more. It depends on what the farmer is doing.”

Ironically, as a hay producer, the extra moisture has kept him from making it.

Saufley went on to say that if farmers have a choice, they would prefer extra wet weather to dryness.

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