By JIM LANGHAM

DHI Correspondent

PAULDING – Sarah Noggle, Ohio State University extension educator for Paulding County, said on Tuesday that practically anything that could fail with her farmers’ crops this year has followed the protocol being experienced by all northwest Ohio counties.

“The markets are extremely low right now, and with the trade and tariff issues with China, most definitely, the county will see farmers taking a preventative plant options for acres that would have been planted to corn,” said Noggle.

“There are many factors in this decision, especially with the lower soybean prices. June 5 is the preventative plant cutoff date for corn and June 20 is the cutoff for soybeans. The preventative planting decision comes with much different protocol as it is a form of crop insurance,” stated Noggle.

Noggle noted that coverage varies with the different types of insurances. She advocated that farmers have detailed talks with their particular agents in order to discuss what could be best for their situations.

Statewide, Noggle said, approximately 90 percent of farmers have some type of crop insurance. She estimated that the figure is fairly similar for the local area. She noted that some who have livestock may take the “1 percent per day” clause in order to see if it could still be possible to get out some corn.

“The ground is still so wet, and with standing water unable to recede in many fields, this could be a very iffy thing to do right now,” said Noggle. “I wouldn’t even guarantee that if things begin to dry, that farmers will be able to get beans in the ground later in the month. There is still some possibility of beans under the right conditions.”

Noggle added that the heavy clay soil seen in much of Paulding and parts of Van Wert counties make drying much more difficult.

In addition, the wheat crop, which is currently in the flowering and heading stage, is in extreme danger. In many cases, said Noggle, it is starting to go backwards because it is standing in water and just waiting for disease and insect infestation.

In the end, Noggle said, many farmers may eventually turn to planting cover crop.

“Lastly, I am asking the community to check on your farmer neighbors and their families. The stresses these farmers and farm families are enduring are hard on everyone involved. Farmers are some of the most humble, down to earth people I know, they thrive on being able to feed the country,” said Noggle.

“While they know that they work in a business where risks are always present due to weather, they sometimes need support and encouragement to work through their own mental and physical stress and even fatigue during these times. Most of the farmers live on the land they farm and don’t have the chance to get away from these stresses. Most of us that work, work at a place that when it gets stressful, we get to leave for the day. Farmers, on the other hand, don’t usually have this option. They live, sleep and breathe their occupation,” added Noggle.