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Between the Rows-June 13, 2011

“We started planting June 2 and finished everything on June 8. We planted all the corn that we were going to plant. We finished beans and corn on the same day. The corn planter never shut off for four days. We had a half-inch of rain last Thursday. It was perfect. Corn and beans were coming up in four days. Maybe we’ll make up for some lost time. If it were a month earlier, the crops would be great. Now we’re putting on anhydrous and spraying.

“We had 40 acres of beans planted early and we had to spray them because the bean leaf beetles were really working on them. We’ve got a lot of people in the county that use ATVs for spraying and they were able to keep the weeds in check for the most part.

“The water created a lot of replanting in the heavier soils. We guessed 10% prevented planting in Defiance County. We planted all of our planned corn, but I know a lot of people that left maybe a field. If it didn’t get planted, it went to prevented planting and not soybeans.

“It looks good right now. The plants are small but good. People in the community are even in a better mood. It did not take much for these seedlings to get out of the ground. They did not have to use their reserves. I think guys are optimistic, but the jury is still out on this. We lost 15% on corn yield and maybe 10% on soybeans, but I think we can make up for some lost time. We were dealt a lot of lemons but there was a lot of lemonade made last week. We’re cautiously optimistic. We had a great emergence, and the plants came up really uniformly. There was no soil crusting. I think we have good plants.

Planting is finally finished and the nice weather is allowing time to catch up on other fieldwork.“I am out spraying glyphosate and Status today. Pretty much everybody in the neighborhood is done planting. We got finished up around Thursday of last week. We got a shower on Friday morning around here from a couple tenths to 2.5 inches. Most of the crops were already through the ground or just about up. Everything is really doing well. Beans are looking good. The beans I planted Thursday are already out of the ground. The corn looks good too.

The crops emerged quickly, but many cornfields are now being plagued by pests, most notably the black cutworm. “The cutworms are affecting a lot of acres, and those fields are looking worse every day. Everybody is trying to get out there to spray for black cutworm. It is kind of aggravating to finally get good stands and then have this problem. A field around here went from a population of 33,000 down to 12,000. It is pretty bad. I am a Beck’s dealer and I heard it was going to be an issue this year, so I sprayed insecticide on with our herbicide. The damage is bad enough that there are fields that should be replanted, but this late, that is not going to happen. I just know I’m glad I’m not in an airplane looking at some fields with cutworm damage instead of just seeing them from the road.”

“There are a few yet that are still planting, but a lot of guys are done. There is a lot of sidedressing going on right now. We only got half of our N on this spring. We’re spraying corn for the second pass too. It has been a long, drawn-out planting season. And so far in June, we’ve had 3 inches of rain in three different rains. We never really got hammered with rain, though.

“There are no pest problems here, but I’ve been hearing about cutworm north of here toward Mt. Vernon. We’ve been pretty blessed around here so far, but if you had a really green field before planting, it would be wise to spray. The corn is germinating and coming out of the ground. The weeds are coming, especially in the earlier planted stuff.

“It is going to be an interesting year. It was a drawn-out spring and I’m sure it will be a drawn-out harvest. It will be November before some of these beans are ready to come off.

“We were very fortunate to get things planted. I know there are places that didn’t get as much time to get work done. I think everyone in this area pretty well got planted. We’re optimistic about the crop. Hopefully we’ll have a halfway decent yield. I don’t think too many people took prevented planting around here.”

We’re surviving. We got finished up with corn on the fifth. We’re pretty much done with beans. We have 14 acres to go. It has been a challenging spring.

“So far I’d say we’re pretty satisfied with the crops. We need to get more anhydrous on that we couldn’t get on pre-plant. We’ve gotten some nice rains. We got one hard rain a couple of weeks ago that was tough on stuff. We had some beans that took awhile to come up after that.

“The corn looks pretty good. There were a few fields that were questionable when we planted them, but that corn seems to be coming up OK. I have not seen any pest problems in the area, but we haven’t had a whole lot of time to drive around and look at things. The weeds are not bad. We have been able to stay ahead of them so far this spring, but now we’ve got to get some more spraying done on the corn. We sprayed some corn ground in April and we had to spray it again before we planted.

“We’re only three-quarters done with the first cutting hay. The earlier hay was not too bad, but the grass was getting mature in the later hay. It is always nice to be done with hay by the 15th, but everything is running behind this spring. Last week was a hard week, and we had to go right into making hay. Friday and Saturday we were able to haul manure and get the barns cleaned out. We got things cleaned out and spread on our last field.
“The cows are not doing too bad. They took a hit on production, though, when temperatures went from 70 to 90 degrees. Now we just have to see what the year brings and hope for a good crop.”

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