Based on the fact that only about 10% of the 2019 Fulton County corn crop and 5% of the soybeans have been planted, one would think there have been huge amounts of rainfall.
One would be wrong.
From Jan. 1 to May 30, Archbold wastewater treatment plant workers recorded 17.44 inches of rainfall.
Compared to 2014, 2015, and 2016, when rainfall for the same period was between 11.15 inches and 11.85 inches, that’s quite a bit more.
But in 2017, there were 23.65 inches of rain in that period, six inches more than this year.
In 2018, there were 20.2 inches of rain, close to 2.75 inches more than this year.
Looking at just the months of April and May, there were 10.69 inches of rain recorded.
In 2017, there were 11.55 inches recorded, and 10.5 inches in 2018.
Eric Richer, Fulton County agriculture extension agent, said in Wauseon– the center of Fulton County– about 12 inches fell between April 1 and May 31.
“That’s not a huge number,” he said.
“But the issue is in 2019, it’s rained every other day, or every third day, and days in-between have not been good drying days,” he said.
Saturday night, June 1, heavy rains hit the area again. The wastewater treatment plant in Archbold recorded 2.5 inches of rain. Hail fell as well.
He said at least one farmer reported his winter wheat crop suffered some damage due to hail.
The Saturday night rain “was almost the last straw. It was the last straw for many guys,” he said.