LIMA — A good weekend of weather allowed some area farmers to finally make up for lost time in the spring planting season.
Through Thursday, corn planting was down well below the five-year average of 60 percent and last season’s total of 70 percent. However, because of the good weather it was hard for local administrators to get an exact number on how much planting was done.
“It is hard to get a number on it right now because all of the farmers are in the fields,” said Jennifer Wilson, organizational director for the Ohio Farm Bureau of Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert Counties. “They are pushing a deadline and they were really at it on Monday. There were a lot in the fields and they are getting caught up. However, it was still very wet in some areas.”
One of those areas seemed to be much of Hardin County, which may not be even at the halfway point of its planting.
“We had some activity over the weekend but it was still too wet in some areas,” said Mark Badertscher, Hardin County OSU Extension Agriculture Educator. “There was some progress but we are lucky if we are up to 45 or 50 percent of the corn planted right now.”
Through Friday, Badertscher also guessed the soybean planting to be behind also, estimating it at 20 percent. He said one of the larger farmers in the county recently had told him that he still had 1,100 acres of corn to plant yet and had not even started on soybeans. He said the weather of the next few days would be telling for the soggier areas of the county.
“If we can get through Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,” we could make some progress,” Badertscher said.
After having a stretch of several tough years, Auglaize County finally seemed to be ahead of the curve this planting season.
“It was a little slow getting started,” said Auglaize County OSU Extension Agriculture Educator John Smith. “We were very fortunate where it didn’t rain as hard here as it did some other places. Some places were getting as much as 3 inches of rain and we only got about three-tenths throughout most of Auglaize County.”
Smith said 100 percent of the corn was planted in the county and about 95 percent of the soybean crop.
The target date for corn planting is May 10, and it is estimated farms lose about one bushel of yield per day per acre after that date.