Time becomes critical for planting

Time is becoming critical for Boone County farmers who want to finish planting their 2008 crops, but the weather hasn’t cooperated.

As the middle of June approaches, Boone County farmers are mostly finished with the initial planting of corn. However, some fields flooded out and silted over. Many of those fields are still too wet to replant.

Excessive rainfall has also slowed soybean planting, which was only about 60 percent complete in the county by Monday.

Some sections of the county have received seven to 10 inches of rainfall in a three-week period, causing creeks and tributaries to flood.