Fair skies over the Van Wert County countryside continue to bless area farmers these days. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Fair skies over the Van Wert County countryside continue to bless area farmers these days. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

VAN WERT – The recent run on pleasant weather that has allowed area residents to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities is predicted to continue well into the middle of next week say experts at the National Weather Service in Syracuse, Indiana, and predictions from the Ohio State University Extension office in Columbus.

Officials at the Syracuse office, who are responsible for forecasting conditions in northern Indiana and northwest Ohio, said late this week that a strong high pressure that has been perpetually present across the local area for the last week, has no intentions of moving, at least for the next several days.

National Weather Service officials said on Friday that the first chance of any significant rain could be the middle of next week, depending on the potential development of a system in the Pacific Northwest.

According to weather officials, a system is coming together off the northwest coast but it is too early to tell its potential

“There is no way to fully understand its potential for producing moisture in this area as it moves across the country,” said weather officials. “We’re going to be watching its potential as a rainmaker.”

The projected national forecast through the middle of August is for below normal temperatures through the middle of the country and slightly above normal rainfall.

Jeff Lehman, manager of Lehman Feed Mill, located just southwest of the Willshire area, said that his area has been blessed with adequate rain and plenty of hot sunshine over the past week.

“That really brought on some pretty nice looking corn,” said Lehman.

Lehman said that the most beneficial rains have seemed to occur in the south half of both Adams in Indiana and Van Wert County in Ohio.

“Driving around the countryside right now indicates a real variety of crops,” said Lehman. “There’s a lot of good looking corn and then again, some not so good.”

Lehman rated beans as looking “pretty good” in many fields.

He noted that his biggest concern about beans is the waning sunshine hours that will start fading toward the end of August and into September.

“We’re going to need plenty of sunshine and adequate rain through most of September, kind of a normal August pattern because things were planted so late,” said Lehman.

Van Wert County agricultural expert Curtis Young continues to stress that farmers continue to closely monitor area crops for unusual outbreaks of insects or disease for this late in the season.

“Because things got in so late, we are still in some unchartered territory,” said Young. “We need to monitor closely to see what is going on with our crops.”