It was a summer of significant crop losses for American farmers as drought and heavy rains ravaged the country. As the fall harvest season begins, some farmers are still recovering.
In northeast Ohio, harvest season will start late on Jason Schriver’s 300 acres of farmland. The summer brought continuous rains that flooded Schriver’s fields and forced him to delay planting or replant the fields entirely.
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“It’s stressful, it’s, it’s stressful. What am I going to do tomorrow? You’d rather crash, but instead you look out the window watching the rain,” Schriver said. . “
The third generation farmer grows sunflower, soybeans, corn, wheat and sorghum, among others. Schriver told Fox News that he went organic years ago, which severely affected his ability to grow in the rain.
“When it hits it makes a big difference, if you are successful in planting your crops when you’re organic you always have to come back for your crop for weed control. It’s harder to do in the rain,” he said. Schriver said. “From the day you start planning until the day you harvest, Mother Nature is with you or she is not with you.”
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In Ohio, data from the US Department of Agriculture shows the fall harvest was slower than the national average. From April to October, the state’s farmers harvested just 11 percent corn and 22 percent soybeans, compared to national averages of 29 percent and 34 percent, respectively.
Across the country, five of the country’s top corn producers, including Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, harvested at or below average levels.
“In the Midwest there are already a lot of reports of reduced yields, so farmers are really looking to the future to see how we can adjust production,” said Daniel Much, associate economist at the American Farm Bureau. Federation.