Conditions were marginal at best during the month of April in northwest Ohio. Eric Norton, who is with the Grelton Elevator, says the rains came in May and continued throughout June. “On June 1, I got six inches at my house and since that date, we’ve had another six inches,” said Norton. “There is an inch-to-an-inch-and-a-half of crust on top of the soil; other than that, it looks like a mush powder, almost like pudding.” Jeff Mason, who farms and sells seed at McClure, Ohio, said the wet weather pattern began last fall and never let up. Cool, wet conditions have delayed the acres that did get planted. Mason is worried if the crop will even make it to harvest. “Our closest ethanol plant is 60 cents over on basis and that has made all the local elevators bid up for corn as well,” said Mason. “A lot of farmers in the area are going to sit back and watch the price go up because there’s nothing they can do without a crop being planted.”
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