Wow! What a year it has been. The 2019 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by AgroLiquid Fertilizers promises to be the most interesting yet. With some of the worst planting conditions Ohio has ever seen — particularly in the northwest — we had to make some changes this year. Several of our usual stops in northwest Ohio did not even get any corn planted this year so our tour route will be significantly different than in the past. In addition, this is by far the latest crop we have ever sampled. Some of the earliest planted corn we will be sampling this year was planted in mid-May!
Because of the incredible number of prevented planting acres this year we will also be asking the farmers about the planting dates on the farm and if they got their intended corn acres planted in 2019. As always, the Tour will include two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on August 14 and 15. The teams start in the north and meet at the end in Clinton County. Over the two days, each team will sample a representative corn and soybean field in more than 20 counties (for a total of more than 40 counties over the two days).
The groups will be estimating yields and overall conditions for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. We will be updating the results on the go online at ocj.com, so check back regularly on our progress. Coverage will also include photos, videos and radio broadcasts of tour highlights. The results will be posted in the September issue of Ohio’s Country Journal as well.
I-75 Team Includes:
Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomist
Andrew Armstrong, Clark County farmer
Allen Armstong, Clark County farmer
Erick Reese, Hancock County farmer
Dusty Sonnenberg, Henry County farmer, Ohio Field Leader
Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal
I-71 Team Includes:
Sam Custer, Ohio State University Extension
Bill McDonald, Seed Consultants, Inc. agronomist
Brett Barton, Holmes County farmer
Bart Johnson, Ohio’s Country Journal, Delaware County farmer
Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag Net