Dry days helping, but still way behind on planting around area

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – As summer nears, it’s the time of year where crops are now getting tall. This year, obviously a lot different. Rain is usually welcomed by farmers this time of year. Unfortunately for many, the continuous rainfall has negatively impacted this year’s planting.

Most years, the farm equipment in the field is not planting. This year though, when it’s dry enough, planting is still going on. Around Fort Wayne, many fields have crops barely coming out of the ground or have not been planted at all. Most years in the middle of June, corn is several feet tall. Many other crops, including soybeans continue to lag behind last year.

Purdue Extension Educator, James Wolff says, “We probably would’ve been 100% done with corn and probably at this point looking at mid-June, close to 90% done with soybeans, but as we are right now we are really looking at maybe depending on where you are at in the country, 50% on corn, and then probably getting maybe close to that 50% percent on soybeans as well.”

Wolff says conditions have improved in the last several weeks and some farmers have been able to be out in the field more than before, but the total amount of planting doesn’t compare with last year.

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson

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