The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 12, 2013

Moderate weather has been good to Ashtabula County farmers

JEFFERSON — Area farmers are happy with a “normal” start to the farming season after two years of extremes, said Ashtabula County Extension Agent David Marrison.

“So far we are a little bit more normal,” Marrison said of the slow, but steady warming trend with moderate rainfall.

The 2012 spring weather started with unseasonably warm temperatures followed by chilly weather which created significant damage to area fruit producers.

“A lot of oats have been planted,” Marrison said of area farmers getting out in the relatively dry weather.

He said 20 percent of the corn has been planted. He said all corn planted by May 17 would be ideal.

The lack of major fluctuation in temperature has been good for area farmers, especially fruit producers, Marrison said.

“It’s been a nice gradual warm-up,” he said.

Marrison said the chilly temperatures expected this weekend could provide a problem for fruit growers. He said people planting at home should make sure they cover their plants during freeze warnings.

Apple farmers and other fruit growers are crossing their fingers as late freezes have damaged crops three years in a row, Marrison said.

Once the soil warms area vegetable growers will be kicking in to high gear and providing food for a variety of farmers markets and restaurants throughout the region, Marrison said.

“We have people going in to Cleveland (farm markets),” Marrison said.

He said there has been a growth in area restaurants and those in surrounding counties seeking locally grown produce. “They are all doing pretty good,” he said of the niche market.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza