- Not sure
it is difficult to answer because we do not yet know the extent. Will we be able to find feed? will we be able to afford it, if we find it..what will the end of the crop year really look like. It is too soon to tell if in Ohio this will be worse than..say 1988
When I started farming in the mid 60's the northeast had 3 of 4 years when there was 50% first cutting, no regrowth or pasture and corn that stood 6-7' high with little grain and too dry to ensile properly. This was not national in scope so we could purchase hay at considerable expense and corn meal thru a disaster relief program. For us "here" that was far worse than anything I have seen since.
Last year was worse for us we had over 90 days of 100 plus degrees with no rain and there are still parts of the state that have not had rain for one year it is bad but God will send rain
Crop conditions are near excellent in northeast WI. We started off a little dry in early June but then we got about 3 inches the third week and then about 2 weeks later another 1 inch and now the end of July have gotten about 4 + inches in a week. I truly feel sorry for areas hit by the drought, as we have 400 cow dairy and cannot imagine trying to find feed for them to replace what should have been grown on our farm.
I am not sure that this is the worst drought we have ever faced, but the impact of it this year sure will be the worst we ever faced....
1962,63, part of 64 was far worse in PA. Mowed the thickest hay, raked the thickest of the mowed, and baled all in the same day. Corn crop was less than waist high. Hot, dry, lasting way too long. 1988 in Central PA was the same.
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