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Wet weather may dampen soybean yield

Corn appears to be healthy

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ABOVE: A corn field thrives along County Road 32 near the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.  FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Soybeans grow in a field along County Road 11.(EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

What was the rainiest July in the past 10 years may have detrimental effects on local soybean yields, although corn seems to be healthy, a local agriculture authority said.

In the month of July, Huntsville weather observer Wayne Wickerham reports 8.93 inches of rain have fallen while the Bellefontaine Wastewater Treatment Plant observation station is reporting 7.97 inches in the city.

That is the most since 2003, when torrential rains early in the month caused severe flooding of the Miami River that inundated the Indian Lake area and low-lying campgrounds around DeGraff and Quincy.

While no major flooding has occurred this year, Logan County Farm Service Agency executive director Darin Leach said the excessive rains have flooded portions of fields and may have adverse effects on soybean production.

“Right now, it is kind of hard and early to judge, but we believe excessive wet weather from June 22 through July has had an impact on corn and soybean crops, especially soybeans,” he said, noting that the northeast portion of the county was hardest hit.

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