Farmers in Monroe County are playing catch-up after a saturated start to spring.

According to the National Weather Service, the county has received almost 27 inches of rain so far in 2019.

Local farmers say it's been quite a challenge dealing with the amount of precipitation that has fallen.

"Frustrating, I guess could be a good word," said Jamie Gould, whose family owns Gould's Produce and Farm Market in Chesnuthill Township.

This spring's wetter-than-average weather pattern has made it tough for farmers to stay on schedule with planting.

"For the most part we like to get the stuff in by the middle to late part of May and it took a lot this year to work the ground, get the plastic laid and get in the field to plant," said Gould.

"For us, it delayed some of our plantings. We didn't get them in in the time we would have liked to," said Mark Heckman, co-owner of Heckman Orchards in Effort.

Right now, farmers are starting to pick summer strawberries from the fields. The fruit has had a tough past year living in the saturated ground.

"It wasn't good for them to be living in that ground for the past 9, 10 months," said Gould.

But farmers tell us it hasn't seemed to affect the quality of this year's berries.

"Everyone I've talked to this year says they taste good," added Gould.

Orchard crops like apples and peaches haven't taken a hit.

"They're fine. The roots on them are established, healthy, big roots and the soil is well-drained," said Gould.

Last week's stretch of sun and warmer temperatures also helped farmers catch up with planting many other crops.

"Everything's in. Some of the crops just might be delayed a week or two to harvest them," said Heckman.

And the heavy rain that fell Monday across our region didn't create any additional setbacks.

"We were still able to go out in the fields this morning and pick and we put straw down between the rows which helps absorb the excess moisture," added Heckman.