Some farmers’ corn crops taking a hit from drought conditions

A moderate drought in northeast Ohio is affecting some farmers' bottom lines

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – The summer season so far has been doing farmers no favors during a critical time in the growing season. They say they need rain very soon.

It takes Jim Moore just a second to reveal the impact of this year’s dry weather on the corn crop at his Canfield farm.

“You can tell the ear is a lot smaller, you can tell where it didn’t fill out to the end of the ear,” he said. “The kernels, there’s a lot of dead spots there.”

Those dead spots impact Moore’s bottom line. When the corn is shucked off the ear, he is expecting 50 fewer bushels an acre this year. For his 350 acres, that’s a drop in thousands of dollars even when corn prices are low.

“I was hoping to get 100 bushels an acre. Hope to average 150 bushels. Good year would be 180 bushels average,” Moore said.

The crop was planted in late May and now, the plants are turning brown to save moisture for the ears of corn.

“For the corn right now, if we got rain, too little too late. It would help fill out the kernels that are there, but when you really need the moisture is when you’re pollinating, silking. Need that moisture to fill out the whole kernel on the cob.”

A moderate drought in northeast Ohio is not really impacting White House Fruit Farm, which has its own irrigation hoses.

Dave Hall says the water that they pump is from a lake on the property and makes a big difference in their crops.

“We’ve just got a more healthy plant and a bigger plant which bears more fruit,” he said. “Peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, pickles, squash, eggplant, all those things have done very well.”

White House expects the Ginger Gold apples to be ready next week.

Last year, the peach crop froze during a harsh winter but the farm says they’ll be ready around Labor Day, along with Honeycrisp apples.

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