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Farmers gamble with Mother Nature

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For many farmers, recent rains have either helped or dramatically hurt their crops. For many farmers, recent rains have either helped or dramatically hurt their crops.
There’s always the gamble of planting too early. There’s always the gamble of planting too early.

They say farming is a gamble.

A gamble with Mother Nature, and sometimes Mother Nature wins. For many farmers, recent rains have either helped or dramatically hurt their crops. There’s always the gamble of planting too early.

“Unfortunately we did lose a number of acres of corn that was planted back in April and then when it turned cold and wet for so long the seed just didn’t survive through that period of time or not enough of that seed survived to justify keeping those fields, so there were a number of fields that had to be replanted,” said Curtis Young OSU Extension Educator from the Van Wert office.

“Fields like the one behind me haven’t been planted yet . The decision to plant corn or soybeans is coming down to the wire,” according to Hometown Lima Stations Reporter Sam Shriver.

“A lot of fields that haven’t been planted yet are probably designated for soybeans and we have quite a window yet for soybean planting that isn’t going to impact the overall production potential of those fields so there’s still plenty of opportunity to get that completed,” said Young.

But overall, Young says planting is on schedule.

“There’s quite a bit that’s done now. I suspect we’re at the 70 to 80 percent as far as the fields being planted. Corn is probably close to being done. You see a lot of machines out there that are planting soybeans at the current times,” said Young.

So how is the wheat doing?

“The wheat that was planted, most of it is looking pretty good at the current time...a number of fields are already showing the heads. Now their biggest concern would be if those heads are in flowering at the current time they will potentially have a risk of developing disease because of the right combination of wetness plus the plant is in a susceptible position and the concern is for wheat head scab,” added Young.

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