Farmers looking forward to break in rain

Posted at 1:42 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 13:42:45-05

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Mac Stone with Elmwood Stock Farm in Georgetown says it’s been a muddy winter, but it's better than losing crops to frigid temperatures.

"We've been able to harvest some really nice stuff this year,” said Stone.

Looking ahead, he's getting ready to plant again since now is the time to start planting for next season’s crops.

"We've got the seed in the barn. We're ready to plant spinach and carrots and peas,” said Stone. “We might gamble on some lettuces and things since we are having a mild year."

This mild winter has brought lots of rain though and Stone can't start planting when the soil is wet. There's dry weather in the forecast, so if things are as expected, that's good news. If rain does continue though, it would delay planting.

"We just wait and wait and wait,” said Stone. “Some years it's been a month or six weeks late getting planted, so then we don't have as much to sell to farmer's markets as early. It can affect cash flow when you get an extreme delay like that, but at the end of the day you just can't handle the dirt wet."

Stone says he isn't worried, because there's still enough time to wait for drier weather. He’s keeping his fingers crossed for the sun to come out soon.