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Crops Off To Good Start, Says Ag Agent

Farmers in the Archbold area and Fulton County are enjoying a “normal” growing season, Eric Richer, Fulton County agricultural extension agent, said Tuesday.

“Things are really good.

“I feel good about the rains we got in late May and early June.

“They varied across the county, with a little more rain to the east.

“I think everybody got their crops in, in a timely fashion. There was a small percentage of replanting after heavy rains washed out some areas.

“In our lighter soils, there was a problem with the Asian garden beetle larva eating the roots of the corn plants. Some producers in the northern and eastern parts of the county had to replant because of the beetle.”

In related news, Richer said the extension office will host the Northwest Ohio Precision Agriculture Technology Day, focusing on planters, Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

Four major manufacturers of precision planters will conduct demonstrations of their equipment in wheat stubble fields at the fairgrounds.

Richer explained precision planters make sure that the proper number of seeds per acre are planted, and that the space between seeds is equal.

This, he said, encourages maximum yields per acre because of less competition for nutrients in the soil.

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