Late Summer Ag Update

It's almost harvest time with many farmers expecting a bountiful yield. Tony has the latest down on the farm.

County Round-Up

It’s my favorite time of year with county fair season in high gear. This week I had the chance to visit the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds across from Holzer Medical Center. My story on 4H and other activities runs Friday on First at 5.

As for the growing season across our region, I surveyed local extension agents who are for the most part pleased with the crops as we enter the last month before harvest.

In Mason County, Ag agent Rodney Wallbrown has been on the farm for decade and knows a healthy crop when he sees it. “Crops are in good shape with just the right amount of rain this season. The corn can still use a few more good showers before harvest”, Rod told me adding that the 2nd cut of hay looks healthy. I will see Rodney next week at the fairgrounds as the Mason County Fair swings into high gear.

In Ohio, Meigs County Ex agent Hal Kean says there are still a few tomatoes left to harvest after a very productive season. “Our farmers in the bottomlands planted in April and were able to harvest earlier than most”. Here in the Big Bend area of the Ohio, farmers plant early ahead of the frost date and rely on the warm Ohio River to protect them from freezing temperatures. This gambit can pay off big time or blow up in their faces. This year, the maneuver paid off!

In the Bluegrass, Myron Evans in Carter County says crops that “survived” the deluge are faring well. Still, some hay farmers lost their second cut when the storms hit hard along the Little Sandy. Tobacco farmer Clifford Wells lost part of his burly tobacco crop in the storm washout of mid July. “Mud caked the tobacco and smothered the roots. County-wide, the July floods hit harder than the isolated floods of May”, Myron told me.

Myron also invited me out to the Carter County Fair next week. I hope to make several stops at what promises to be a busy week on the fair circuit (also in Athens, Scioto and Braxton Counties).

My fair stories run early the morning after with Rob and Melanie and also on 5:30 edition with Tim and Jess.
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