Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning County
I am driving around checking fields right now. I am thinking about planting beans and sidedressing, but all it has done here is rain for the last two weeks. The last three days the sun came out and it did start to dry. I’ll plant beans up until the first week of July if I can.
There is a lot of stuff that hasn’t been sprayed around here. It has been tough to do anything. There are drowned out spots and a lack of oxygen for the plants in the fields. I think it might even be too wet for the disease problems.
For the area, I don’t think the prevented planting will be that much. More has been planted than not planted, but it is all over the board. I have heard guys talking about still planting corn yet this week if they can get it in.
Some guys haven’t chopped any hay yet. Some have carryover from last year and some are getting really desperate for feed. There has not been any dry hay made around here. The ground has been so wet. Everything we have that hasn’t been cut is junk, but you still have to cut it and bale it, add some more protein to the ration, and go from there. We are going to lose a whole cutting because we should be doing the second cutting and we haven’t done the first. The volume is there but the quality is not very good.
The hay I chopped is not coming back very well because it has been so wet. The grass doesn’t even look good because we haven’t had any heat. I hope we can miss the rain this afternoon.
The way this year has gone I think I’m glad I burnt my wheat off. That is one less thing to worry about. Still, I know I’m a lot better off than some others.
Dylan Baer – Wood County
There has been some progress but not much. It is sad.
In the last two weeks we got about 100 more acres of corn in. We got 170 acres of corn in total. The last corn was planted on June 12. We then got 300 acres of beans in. Both corn and beans are at about 25% of our intended acres.
This weekend we had a 2.5-inch rainfall and I’m not sure what we will have left after that. It just seems like it isn’t meant to be. Some of the crops will be OK but there will be some holes from all of that rain. In talking with individual farmers, many of them around here have 25% of their intended corn acres in. Beans are all over the board.
We’ve got 300 more acres that have to be planted to something. Other than that, that is all we are going to plant. If it is insured at this point we are taking the insurance and then we’ll plant cover crops. We are looking at fields we can seed to hay or wheat that I can bale. I think there are so many prevented planting acres out there that I think cover crops will be hard to find and the normal mixes are going to be gone. It is going to be expensive too. As soon as they changed the date on harvest to Sept. 1, all of the sorghum Sudangrass sold out.
Wheat is starting to turn. There are spots that have started dying out in the field because water has been laying on it since April. I think harvest will be late. This wheat still has a lot of turning to do.
It is supposed to be hot and dry this week. If we miss the chance of rain this afternoon I’m hoping I can mow some hay. This will be the first hay I’ve mowed. It is going down in some places and it is thin in some places but I think if I can get it in a bale it’ll still be worth something.
I just want to commend all of the neighboring farmers in the area. We have had some late nights running and we have seen a lot of lights in the fields around us. No one can say we ain’t trying.
Andrew Armstrong – Clark County
The sun is shining right now and the wind is blowing but we are supposed to get rain this afternoon. We sidedressed a little over half of our corn until it started raining again. We’ve been out for about a week now, other than yesterday dad did spray some post- beans and got a few acres done. The conditions in the field weren’t ideal, but we were able to get the sprayer across the field without too much damage.
We are actually standing here next to the sprayer trying to determine when the next rain is. It looks like there is a chance today but we may try to spray again this morning. We could maybe sidedress on Wednesday.
The corn that has emerged is doing fairly well given the circumstances. We are pretty happy with the corn. There are some drowned out spots. They are in the normal low spots but they are bigger than normal this year. In other places there is water laying that will hold back the potential yields. I have not seen disease issues, but I have not really scouted much yet.
With the soybeans, some fields look pretty good and some of the stands are not as good. We still have the bean planter ready if we want to thicken things up a little in some spots, but with where the calendar sits now we may just go with what we have got.
Around us, pretty much all of the fields have something planted in them. I was in northern Ohio last week and it was very evident how wet it was. We are very fortunate around here. The corn I did see up there was few and far between. There are many more fields not planted than planted. The corn I did see looked about like our later planted corn.
Nathan Brown – Highland County
After five days of rain and cool temperatures, it looks pretty nasty. We had a half-inch yesterday evening and overnight. We have blue skies this morning but it is starting to cloud up. We finished up planting the first time last Saturday. We may have to do some replanting on soybeans. We had 65 acres that was in corn stalks and the slugs are just going to town on the soybeans.
We have been waiting to sidedress because we got over 5 inches of rain from last Saturday through this weekend. I am definitely seeing some N deficiencies and the lack of oxygen in the corn. Our crops need some dry weather and heat. The saturated soils are going to lose us some bushels by the end of the year.
We have minimal prevented planting around here. Even if the soil conditions weren’t perfect most guys around here got their crops in. Around here we will have less than 10% of the intended acres in prevented planting.
We are going to have to keep an eye on disease. The corn is at V6. Do we put fungicide on or is it too stressed to do that? There have been reports of frogeye in some soybean fields so that is something we will keep an eye on. It came in early on us last year too and guys didn’t get some of their acres rotated to corn and planted soybeans again in some fields. Guys with back-to-back soybeans will really have to watch that. We keep getting rain showers and it could be disastrous this year.
We are hoping to get the hay mower out today and maybe lay out some hay in the morning. The forecast looks like it is going to give us an opportunity.
We have hay to mow, pastures to bush hog, spraying and, I hope, wheat to harvest this week. I think we’ll be better off to cut it a little wet and maybe run it through the dryer. There is some head scab starting to come along and some sprouting in the heads.