The problems of the late planting season have been compounded by the cool damp September and the resulting harvest delays will likely result in challenges getting wheat planted on a timely basis this fall.
By Oct. 9, Ohio’s winter wheat was only 5% planted, 47 percentage points behind last year and 36 points behind the five-year average. As farmers face another round of showers on already soggy soils, it could be pushed back even further.
Farmers in Ohio who are prevented from planting wheat because of a natural disaster, must report the acreage to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) within 15 calendar days after the final planting date. Ohio has 2 different deadline dates, either Oct. 20, 2011 or Oct. 31, 2011 depending on which county you farm in.
Producers that farm in 25 counties in Ohio, have until the final planting date of Oct. 31, 2011 to timely plant fall wheat.