MOUNT VERNON — Despite the delay in getting crops planted this spring because of wet weather, Knox County’s corn and bean crops are looking pretty good.
Corn is “looking like it’s not going to be too bad,” said OSU Extension Educator John Barker. “The yield probably won’t be as high as last year or the year before, but it looks a lot better than it did in May and June.
“Our fields look as good as anyone’s right now.”
Barker also said he doesn’t think the intense heat this summer caused extra harm to the crop, as it reportedly has in some areas to the west.
Even though it was hot this summer, Barker noted: “We had timely rains and no prolonged dry periods. Still, there are holes in some fields and some that didn’t get planted.” Holes, he said, are areas that, because of standing water or some other reason, didn’t get planted or did not sprout.
“The main thing we need now is time. The longer the frost holds off, the better off the corn and bean crops will be,” he said.