I sold a load of hay this morning at the local hay auction in Wooster and noticed this official Wayne County rain gauge. I was a little confused as Mr. Acker must have emptied it a week back because we currently have 6 1/4 inches of rain so far this month. This is the wettest April on record (dating clear back to 1894) for Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
So what does all this wet spring weather mean for a farmer?
Well, not a whole lot of good things as the pastures are to wet to turn the cows out and the fields are to wet to plant. This means a shorter growing season for our crops leading for the potential for less yield and more hay we need to feed to our cattle until the grass starts to grow.
On the bright side it has gave us plenty of time to get equipment ready, enjoy easter and hunt mushrooms as they are starting to grow! With luck we will miss this next rain and be in the fields the first half of next week, keep your fingers crossed for me!