MOUNT VERNON — According to John Barker, educator at the Knox County Ohio State University Extension Office, planting season is about a month behind schedule.
He said at this moment, depending on where in the county, corn is around 60-75 percent planted and soybeans are anywhere between 25 percent and a third of the way planted. The crops that were planted are not in good condition because of the heavy amount of rain. Normally by now, according to Barker, soybeans are completely planted.
“We are at a very critical time,” Barker said. “The long range forecast calls for rain for the next week.”
Many farmers have a tough decision to face soon about whether they will continue to plant, switch their corn to shorter season hybrids, or switch their acres from corn to soybeans.
The outlook for the output of this season is still uncertain. Many variables, such as weather, disease, insects, and the chances of early frost all have an impact on the crops, Barker said.
Rainfall total in May was 5.5 inches with a total of 16 out of the 31 days being wet days.