Week of 6/24/19 Disaster designation sought

Staff Writer

Governor Mike DeWine has sent a letter to Department of Agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a disaster designation for Ohio amid heavy rainfall impacting Ohio farmers.
In his letter, Gov. DeWine notes that record rainfall through the spring planting season has been devastating to Ohio farmers, with flooding and saturated fields preventing them from planting crops. Only 50 percent of Ohio’s corn crop and 32 percent of Ohio’s soybean crop had been planted as of June 10.
“The harsh reality for Ohio farmers is that many acres will remain unplanted,” Gov. DeWine said. “Our dairy and livestock sectors also face serious forage and feed shortages. We recognize the tremendous challenges facing our agricultural community, and we are working to identify any and all sources of possible relief.
Dorothy Pelanda, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, said fields have been devastated.
“I visited with several farmers this week and saw firsthand the impact of this devastating rainfall. Fields are visibly filled with water and weeds instead of crops,” she said.
Excessive rainfall presented challenges as early as last fall. Because of poor field conditions, some 2018 crops are still in the field and yet to be harvested.
Currently, producers are dealing with erosion of their cropland, delayed fieldwork and planting, manure application challenges, and concerns among livestock producers that forages will be in short supply.


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