By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

PAULDING – A break in the weather afforded a small window of opportunity for local farmers to finally get into their fields late last week.

Sarah Noggle, OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources educator, said a few farmers were able to start working late Wednesday, June 5, but more joined in Thursday morning. Saturday and Saturday night appeared very busy, then the rain started falling again on Sunday and Monday.

“My current estimate is 2 percent of the county’s soybeans were planted and 2 percent of the county’s corn was planted,” Noggle said late Monday.

Those totals are believed to be unprecedented – “absolutely a new low,” she said.

“There were both corn and soybeans planted. The corn that was planted was for silage,” she continued. “Additionally, some burn down herbicides were being applied.”

The outlook is dim for the winter week crop.

“Wheat in the county took a step backward over the last week. The majority of the wheat in the county is rated fair to poor,” said Noggle. “There are some fields that look okay but once you are in them there has been standing water.

She noted there is nitrogen loss; some of the fields didn’t even receive a nitrogen application. Too, there was some aerial fungicide applied around Memorial Day.

“There are some fields heading, but most of the fields that are heading are the cereal rye used as a cover crop. Usually, cereal rye has been sprayed to kill it to plant into,” Noggle said.