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Sunny week helps Valley farmers

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CORTLAND, Ohio -

It was a rough spring and early summer for local farmers who had to deal with record high precipitation.

But after a week of mainly sunny skies, have they been able to make up for the lost time in their fields?

Lots of people, especially kids, come out to the Trumbull County Fair to see animals like dairy cows.  Dairy Farmers we talked to there say after months of rain and not being able to even get into their fields to plant anything, this past week of relatively dry and warm weather has helped.
Dairy farmers needed to plant something to keep their herds fed.

"Surprisingly enough guys have the opportunity to put corn in. You can put preventative planting corn crops in. They are increasing the yields, so it keeps the ground tight, so you're not getting that erosion situation. You're not getting the grain, but you'll get the sugars in the corn so you'll have the opportunity to chop that," said Joe Turon, a West Farmington farmer.

When the corn is finally harvested this fall they won't just take the ear; they will chop down the entire stalk and make silage. That's what their herds will be eating all winter long.
Gary Kibler says the past week was a mad scramble to get everything planted at his Lordstown farm.  He says they were about a month behind. 
But if we keep getting more days like what we had today, they should be good for the year.

"For the corn to grow best, the hot, humid days are best for it. The hotter and more humid, the better it grows," said Kibler.

Many farmers were able to get hay done this week and corn and soybean planted last week.  It's much later than usual, but it should be enough to keep their dairy farms going through the winter.  

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