DELAWARE, OHIO — While the sky literally has been falling in the form of rain for the past month, many farmers aren't panicking about getting their corn into the ground.

"You have to keep it all in perspective," said Delaware, Ohio farmer and OCWGA Chairman John Davis. "In 1995, for instance, we didn't even plant soybeans until the third weekend in June."

Davis is also a seed dealer for Pioneer. He said farmers are not yet calling him to say they want to switch to soybeans from corn because the planting dates for corn can still go into May.

"The optimum planting dates for corn in Ohio are April 20-May10. If the corn is planted in that time period with good weather most of the yields will be okay," he said. "This is not the time to panic.

If we get dry and hot weather we can have the corn in the ground in 8 days and 20 years ago it would've taken a month."

But, Plain City Ohio farmer and OCWGA Board Member Fred Yoder, who sells for DeKalb, says he's fielded calls from farmers who want to know if they should switch corn varieties or plant soybeans.

"I tell them it's too early. They could be giving up too much yield potential and they need to stay with the original."

Davis said if the weather changes and farmers need corn that can have a shorter growing season the company exchanges the bags of seed at no cost.

"They could switch to corn hybrids that take 104 days for maturity instead of some that take 112 or more days," he said. "And so far, from what I know, no one has called to do that."

He added that no one gets "into that boat" until the fifth or eighth of May.

As for corn pricing, Yoder states that it's always about supply and demand and each market will get its share of corn.

"The higher the price of corn goes, ethanol production has been down for the past three or four months so the market is working. The prices are starting to ration the amount of ethanol produced. So there is plenty or corn for all markets."

So, for now, farmers are just playing a waiting game and, as they do every year, they're keeping a close eye on the weather.

SOURCE: Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association