Dylan Baer – Wood County
As of right now we are a little over half done with spraying pre-emerge on soybeans. All of it has been done with our ATV sprayer. We have a nice Apache Sprayer in the barn and we haven’t used it. There are farmers in the area that don’t have any spraying done and it is starting to show. We’re thankful to be able to go out and get what we can get while we can get it. Other than that we have been mowing like crazy.
Between our house and McComb there is a field of beans planted up on a ridge. I don’t know when that happened but I saw it the other day. Other than that field, there really hasn’t even been any groundwork done. I think we have over half of our acres that go to corn that still need field cultivated. We just haven’t been able to do anything.
The wheat is turning around here. May 8 was our topdress date for the wheat, which is the latest we have ever done that. It is getting a dark green color and starting to shoot some heads. Within the next 7 to 14 days we will be looking to do a Prosaro application on top of trying to get everything else done. We are big fans of Prosaro for head scab and we’ll be keeping an eye on that.
As seed dealers we are getting concerned about the planting season. We have already done some exchanges for 112-day corn for 101-day corn. We are getting questions about returning corn and switching to beans.
There is the dreaded phrase of prevented planting being thrown around and we are wondering how that will all play out. Everyone has their own opinion on what to do. We have some faith in the corn market, so I think we are going to try our best to get corn in the ground. I think there will be an opportunity there. Then, of course, there is talk about the FSA money and that all depends on the decisions we are making now.
We have had 2 to 3 inches of rain in the last two weeks. The last couple of rains have been storms where we don’t get a lot of rain but we get a little every other day. We’ll get a half inch one time and then a quarter inch the next. And the days it has not rained have been cloudy and 55.
The ground is getting firm. The water adds up in weight when it is in the ground and our soil really gets affected by compaction like that and it is starting to show.
We are stunned at how large the affected area is. We’ll do what we can and get what we get.
Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning County
Friday started drying out and Saturday it got hot and sunny and the wind was blowing. We started working ground and kept on going. We started planting on Monday. We planted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then got rained out. Hopefully we’ll be planting again today. I got half my corn in but I haven’t started any beans and I haven’t mowed any hay.
I hope maybe the next window I get I can mow some hay to chop. I thought I’d come through the winter pretty well, but after getting out in it I definitely lost more alfalfa than I’d thought. The alfalfa didn’t get through winter very well in some places. I am lucky I have more acres than I need so I can mow some more acres for haylage.
Everybody I’ve talked to in this area has been able to run this past week. To the north, some people got started earlier the week before and south of me they got seven tenths yesterday so they will be down longer. But, I’d say generally everybody got going. I think we are luckier here than some areas. It is supposed to rain tomorrow afternoon and I’m hoping to get some more planted before that.
Last year we were planting corn, planting beans and chopping hay all at the same time. You just hurry up and do some of one thing and then go to the other. It is a pain and a challenge. It used to be you’d get done planting and go to hay. It doesn’t seem to work that way any more.
Luckily I’m good on my forage for our dairy herd but I have heard about several people running out of feed or corn silage earlier than normal. I have been lucky to stay ahead on manure too. Different people in the area have gotten behind but some of that is getting caught up now too.
Andrew Armstrong – Clark County
We have made progress. We got to work a day and kind of half a day after that to do some planting and that was about it. We had the bean planter in the ground and the corn planter going and went as much as we could until the rain came in. We let it dry for a couple of days and hit it again as more rain was coming in. We were anticipating hitting some farms today but we got a shower last night about 8:30. That dampened our hopes of getting back in the field again today.
Last Thursday we were able to run pretty well in some of the best conditions we have had since April. We got a couple hundred acres of corn and beans in that day. It hasn’t been perfect conditions, but at this point we are just looking for adequate conditions where we can get the planter across the field without making too much of a mess.
The April corn is up and it looks good. We got the sidedresser ready to do just that corn. We got 300 acres of corn planted in May, and that was just done this past week, and we maybe got 300 acres of beans in this week. That is all of the progress we have.
There are a lot of guys getting frustrated. I have heard a lot of guys talking about prevented planting and what the options are. We have called our insurance agent to see what needs to be done to qualify. Our sentiment right now is to do what we can when we can and just go from there.
Regionally we are all about the same. The Thursday we were able to run, the dust was flying around here. I was coming home with the planter about 10:30 at night and I met more planters, tractors and spreaders on the road than cars. This last Monday we were able to run a little. It was questionable, but there were other people out and about. We are not looking at whole areas getting ready to plant. We are going field by field, even if it is 20 minutes out of the way, and if it is ready we are going to hit it.
Nathan Brown – Highland County
We have approximately 120 acres of corn planted and 150 acres of soybeans in the ground. We started planting beans last Sunday and things were pretty heavy so we pulled out of there. We got more rain then started back in on Tuesday. All of the corn has basically been planted since Sunday and most of the beans have been planted in the last 3 days. We missed one or two showers at the beginning of the week but then we caught some the last 2 days. Yesterday morning we got 2 tenths and then about 6 last night we had a pretty good shower come through. We got 3 tenths but I have heard guys around the neighborhood got up to 7 tenths and there was some half to three-quarter inch hail. So we are wet again.
We have beans coming up in our cereal rye and we need to get that terminated with the crimper. We will try to get that rolled soon. I have a trial where I burnt down some cereal rye and left some grow. It was 6 feet tall the other day when I planted it. I crimped and we’ll see which is better, terminating it early or letting it grow.
It has been heavy and we are pushing the envelope. Our ground never really has dried out but the calendar is winding down and we are pushing the envelope harder than we normally would. Looking at the Midwest, we are pretty fortunate in this part of the country if we can get some corn planted.