Getting Crops Planted In Between Rain Drops

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Daniel Gusts's farm has been in his family for four generations. He says they haven't seen a year this bad since the 1940's. That's a year when his grandfather told him the wet weather pushed crop planting to the middle of June. "It was just a pathetic crop he said that year. And that was the story he told me of the worst year he ever remembered."

So as Gust is just planting his fields on June 12th, the hope is that history won't repeat itself. Two dry days in a row has the tractors out in the fields. "It's not looking too good. The ground is a little wet to be on. We're working it wetter than we ever like to." But if they don't get some crops planted now they will be out of luck for a while. "If we get on the low side of the rain and get the half inch, we would have hope of being at this in a day or two again. But if we get the inch of rain, then it puts you out for almost a week."

Gust also has four sons who farm the land all around his in Lenawee County and the family also has a huge pumpkin picking business in the fall for families, so he's working fast to get his pumpkin crops in. "People want pumpkins in October not November," says Gust.