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Most farmers seeing growth even with cold, extended spring

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For counties such as Allen and Putnam County, progress can surely be seen. For counties such as Allen and Putnam County, progress can surely be seen.
Few still haven’t had the chance to start planting due to rainfall. Few still haven’t had the chance to start planting due to rainfall.

For most farmers, they’ll tell you the farming season is in full swing right now. For counties such as Allen and Putnam County, progress can surely be seen.

"At least in Putnam County, the season’s going pretty well," said Beth Scheckelhoff, extension educator at the Putnam County OSU Extension Office. "We’re a little bit behind where we typically are in terms of planting and also wheat development. We’re just one to two weeks behind where we normally hope to be this time of year."

Scheckelhoff estimates for the county that almost three-quarters of corn is planted and nearly half of the soybeans are planted. As for one Putnam County farmer, he said he has almost all of both crops planted and the corn has begun to emerge.

"As long as the weather cooperates I’m hoping it's going to be a really good year," Andy Schroeder of Glandorf Warehouse said. "A lot of the corn’s starting to come up, beans are starting to come up. Once you get out of the ground that’s most of the battle."

But not all of Putnam County is so lucky. Few still haven’t had the chance to start planting due to rainfall. As for anyone planting wheat, the extended winter did them no favors.

"We had cooler temperatures earlier this spring," Scheckelhoff said. "If you remember we had snow flurries about three weeks ago. So we had cooler temperatures and then also some of the rainfall." 

Schroeder said his area is in a good spot and even Scheckelhoff said wheat farmers are two weeks away from seeing the wheat begin to flower. With Putnam County being the state leader in wheat production, she doesn’t expect any decreased results due to the delayed start. As for the other crops, she said the outlook is good as long as the weather remains favorable.

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