Photo: Marvin Nauman (FEMA)
A wet spring and heavy rains in April and May mean a later growing season for farmers across Central Indiana. In Shelby County, farmers spent the weekend scrambling to plant as much seed as they could. Hoping to take advantage of a window of dry weather, they are scouring their land for areas that can be planted.
Scott Gabbard of the Purdue extension office, said until now all farmers could do was sit back and wait for the ground to dry out. It wasn’t just wet ground that was slowing things down; there’s a lot of manual labor involved in getting the fields ready for planing, including clearing out debris washed in by flood water.
“Some of the debris has to be removed before they can be completely finished, but at that point a lot of those low-lying fields still cannot be accessed,” Gabbard said. “The top ground can be accessed. People can get into that and start planting.”
Getting the seed into the ground is just the first step, Gabbard said. There’s no guarantee of a good harvest, especially if there’s an early frost this fall.