DARKE COUNTY - Farmers have been out in the field; some are done planting; others are close to being done; and there are still some who have yet to finish due to recent rains.
“We had a statewide conference call this morning,” said Sam Custer, extension education, ag and natural resources with the Ohio State University Extension, Tuesday. “Farmers have two-thirds or three-fourths of their corn planted in the county, but it’s higher in the state. And, they are close to one-third done with soybeans. A lot was done between last Wednesday and Sunday.”
He said most of the farmers with today’s equipment can plant within 10 planting days.
“I’d say five more good planting days and it should be done,” Custer said.
According to him, Darke County received 1.66 inches of rain in spots and others only got three-fourths inch of the precipitation.
“If we get no rain, they should be back in the fields,” he said. “Most of the planting is going pretty well. If it rains off and on, people will get antsy about finishing up.”
Michael Schmitmeyer, who lives west of Versailles, said spring planting is not going too bad for him.
“We have over 800 acres of corn in the ground, but we didn’t start beans yet,” he said. “We have about 300 more acres of corn and 1,200 acres of beans yet to do.”
Schmitmeyer had something good to say about this past winter, though.
“With the cold winter, the ground is working up exceptionally nice,” he said. “We hit the ground once and it’s ready to plant. It’s crumbling this year.”