TONIGHT– NEW DRONE VIDEO OF A FARM IN DELAWARE COUNTY THAT’S WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE BECAUSE OF OUR RECENT BAD WEATHER. IT’S A PROBLEM FOR FARMERS ALL ACROSS OHIO. DARLENE: THANKS FOR STAYING WITH US AT 5:30. I’M DARLENE HILL. MARK: I’M MARK TAYLOR. THE STATE AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR WAS IN DELAWARE COUNTY TODAY TO TALK WITH FARMERS ABOUT THEIR CONCERNS WITH FLOODING AND LATE PLANTING. MARK: METEOROLOGIST LIZ MCGIFFIN JOINS US NOW FROM LEEDS FARM WHERE THAT CONVERSATION TOOK PLACE. LIZ? LIZ: NORMALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR, FIELDS LIKE THIS WOULD BE GETTING READY FOR A SECOND HAY CUTTING. BUT THIS YEAR DUE TO THE WET WEATHER THEY HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN THEIR FIRST, WHICH IS CONCERNING FOR FARMERS ALL ACROSS THE AREA. ROB LEEDS- LEEDS FARM, EXTENSION AGENT DELAWARE COUNTY: “THAT’S WHERE THE OLD SAYING COMES FROM “SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY,” THIS WOULD BE OUR RAINY DAY. SO, HOPEFULLY A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SAVED SOME ASSETS WE’LL BE ABLE TO WEATHER IT.” RAIN THAT IS LEAVING FIELDS OVERGROWN AND ALREADY A CUTTING BEHIND. ROB- “YOU LOOK RIGHT BEHIND US, IT’S TALL AND LUSH RIGHT NOW, BUT REALLY IT’S RIPE AND A LITTLE BEYOND WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. REALLY WE SHOULD HAVE HARVESTED ABOUT 3 WEEKS AGO, SO WE’RE GOING TO BE SHORT ON HAY THIS YEAR.. WHICH HAS CATTLE FARMERS LIKE EARL CONCERNED, EVEN THOUGH HE USUALLY HAS A HAY SUPPLY OF HIS OWN. EARL LEHNER- DEE LEHNER FARM: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 19 YEARS I’VE HAD TO BUY HAY, AND I’M CURRENTLY GOING TO BUY SOME MORE, JUST BECAUSE I HAVEN’T HAD THE CHANCE.” TOPICS THAT WERE ALL BROUGHT UP TO OHIO AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR DOROTHY PELANDA IN HER VISIT TO DELAWARE COUNTY, AS WELL AS A SPECIFIC CONCERN FOR THE NEXT GENERATION FOR FARMERS. ROB: “…I FEEL FOR THE YOUNGER FARMERS GETTING IN BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T HAD THE TIME THAT SOME OF US THAT HAVE BEEN IN IT FOR A WHILE HAVE. BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH IT’S TOUGH ON US, I KNOW IT’S REALLY SCARY FOR THEM.” EARL: “WE’VE BEEN THROUGH ROUGH TIMES BEFORE. WE JUST GOT TO ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES AND SEE WHAT MOTHER NATURE GIVES US, AND DECIDE WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO.” YOU JUST KEEP A POSITIVE SIDE. WE WANT TO KEEP THE FARM GOING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION LIZ: WITH A FEW DRY DAYS IN THE FORECAST MANY HAY FRAMERS ARE GOING TO TRY TO BE WORKING ON THEIR FIRST CUTTINGS THIS WEEK. LOCAL 4 YOU IN DELAWARE COUNTY, I’M LIZ MCGIFFIN, NBC 4. DARLENE: TONIGHT– SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL IS SITTING DOWN WITH 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS ON CAPITOL HILL. THE MEETING HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR WEEKS — WELL BEFORE