MOUNT VERNON — We need sun and warm weather to dry out the fields and give farmers a chance to finish planting.
Cooperative Extension Agent John Barker estimates that Knox County farmers have about 15 percent of their corn crop planted, which is ahead of the statewide average. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports, Ohio farmers had about 7 percent of the corn crop planted by Monday. The average is 70 percent planted by this time and last year 83 percent was planted.
“Fields with good drainage got planted, heavy soil areas didn’t,” Barker said. With more rain predicted today and Thursday, it may be next week before farmers can do much in their fields, he added.