If harvest has not already started, it is rapidly approaching on farms around the state. the dry conditions, early planting and heat through the summer really pushed the crops to early maturity. Here is what the farmers from between the Rows had to say:
“It was really dry up until yesterday when we got between .75 and 1.25-inches of rain in certain places. It will help the late beans that were planted in late June. The earlier beans, I believe, will be OK too.”
Corn is maturing ahead of schedule and harvest is coming soon. “Of course, silage has been harvested. I will probably try shelling some corn next week. I hand shelled some the first of this week and it was at 22% moisture. I never have shelled corn this early.”
Yield could be highly variable based on the conditions this growing season. “I believe the yield is going to vary quite a bit in the field, but I think some fields will average 200 bushels. I believe there is a possibility of that.
“I typically do my beans first and then my corn. I will probably just harvest one farm of corn and then I should have some beans ready by the end of next week or shortly after. I usually get most of the beans out before I do corn to let the corn dry in the field, unless there are stalk problems. I’ll get the beans harvested for planting wheat. I will have about the same wheat acres as last year.”
The grass hay and pastures continue to be sluggish after the dry conditions. “I finished up third cutting and the hay and pastures are not growing much. I may have one cutting left in October. This rain we got will help.”
“In a week or two we will defiantly be running something, but I’m not sure which right now. We have some corn getting really close, though.
Stalk quality is a concern as well. “We will definitely be watching the corn stalks. They are still standing pretty well right now, but it wouldn’t take much of a storm to cause some lodging problems. Other than that, we have not seen any late season diseases or pests.
“We have not located any seed, so at this point we’re not going to put wheat out. If this much wheat is going out, corn and soybeans will have to compete a little harder for acres next spring anyway.
“For harvest, we’ll switch back and forth with corn and beans depending on rains and what’s ready. There has not been anything harvested around here close by. The Highland County Fair is going on and a lot of people will probably get started right after the fair is over.
“I think yield is a big question mark right now. Things were looking good, but then we got so dry in July. It will be really spotty and it is a big guessing game right now.
We didn’t get much, if any rain recently, and we’re getting really dry again. There is a 30% chance for today, but now we’re hoping for good harvest weather.”
“We’re harvesting corn. It is dry, 17%. We started the day before yesterday. We’ve been seeing 175 to 190 bushels. This was an early maturing corn we planted first to get new corn for the sows. This field is highly variable. We have some really good corn, we have places that got drowned out and we have places that are a little dry. We have some corn that will be worse, but I would say most of our corn would be in the 170 to 190-bushel range. We’ll just have to see.
“We’ve had the whole gamut of problems, but by in large, the quality seems good, the test weight seems good and it’s dry. We’ve never run corn in September that didn’t have to be dried. We had three truckloads yesterday that were in the 16.5% to 17% moisture range. I was figuring on this corn being in the high teens or low 20s. It is a lot drier than I thought it would be. We don’t have any beans that are ready. We’ll run corn for three weeks or so. We ground some for the hogs already.
“We got 2.5 inches of rain on the 21st of August. I’m not sure if that did any good for the beans or not. We’re still dry. We need rain. The crops will just depend on how much sand and gravel you have. It won’t be a disaster, but it could’ve been better.”
“There has been a lot of silage chopped. We shelled a couple of ears by hand and they were 26%. The corn is drying right down.”
Soybean harvest has already begun in many fields. “There are quite a few beans off around here already. If it wasn’t raining right now, we’d be running beans today. I think we’ll start seeing some corn being run in the area next week.
“I probably won’t try corn until the third week of September and only then if we don’t have any beans ready. I think there is going to be some potential for stalk rots just because the corn matured so quickly, but with an early fall we ought to be able to harvest a little earlier too.”
The rains continue to fall in the area. “We had right around an inch with this last rain. Some of the later beans are going to benefit from that. I came from Tiffin a little bit ago and they had a pretty decent shower up there.”
There are plenty of people planning on putting wheat in, but acreage will likely not increase over last year. “I think the wheat acreage will be about the same. With the price of beans at almost $10, it can be hard to plant wheat, especially with all of the problems we had this year.
“With beans, I think people are pretty optimistic. I think we’re going to have a decent corn crop but there are some guys who think their corn may be below average from all the water this spring.”