Andrew Armstrong — Clark County
Our earliest corn planted in April was dented but not completely finished yet. Our last field is pollinated and moving forward. We have seen a little northern corn leaf blight but nothing too bad and nothing we are going to treat. Everything is pretty much far enough along to not treat.
Right now our harvest plan is to get our corn in as early as we can and as fast as we can. We are fortunate to have a grain drying system at our home farm and we are probably going to utilize that to its fullest potential this year. After walking some of the fields, some stalk quality is a little weaker and we want to prevent it from going over by getting it out as early as we can. We are going to give the beans all the time they need to keep growing. That is our plan right now, but it could change 500 times between now and then. We haven’t even gotten the combines in the shop to go over them. We are still working on side projects we were hoping to get to in the summer but didn’t because we were still planting and spraying.
There are still problem areas with weeds out there. We are to the point where we are going to pull some if we can and then we will have to change our program next year and plant different varieties to control the weeds that have developed resistance to our existing program. We have some ragweed and marestail still out there. We had a little waterhemp that we were able to control.
We got some rain last week that really helped and the crops are responding pretty well. Things really greened up. Before that, it was looking like we were 2 weeks out from harvest in one field.
Nathan Brown — Highland County
The cover crop field day went very well. We had 90+ people here with great food, great conversations and great learning opportunities. It wasn’t quite the same crowd that I normally see, so there is some new interest in cover crops and soil health out there.
We were pretty warm last week, which was kind of miserable for us, but it is what we need at this point to get crops matured. I was worried about how warm it was going to be for the field day, but it was a cloudy day and it was enjoyable to be out in the field. We got a little rain, about a half inch over the last 2 days. We have caught some good rains on and off and right now we are looking pretty good on moisture. I have beans with pods that are filled out and a week or two away from some yellow leaves and I have some replants that are blooming with one or two pods on them and a long way to go.
We sprayed fungicide on corn to help with standability and to keep those crops upright through harvest. In the soybeans there is a little bit of frogeye working its way in. More than that, though, we are starting to see some stink bugs. Last year those caused part of our problems with grain quality in our soybeans. That is one thing we need to look at. Where are those stink bug populations and what is the threshold to spray them?
I have one field with a 3.2 maturity planted in April, so I think we’ll have a little to cut around Farm Science Review time. For everything else, I think we’ll probably be at least the second week of October, and that may even be pushing it. I am kind of leery of when we will be able to get started with the rest.
Pasture in this area is holding its own. We are hoping to get second cutting hay done maybe this week if the weather holds, but we have a chance of rain almost every other day.
Dylan Baer — Wood County
We are wet actually. We had some storms come through that dropped 4.5 inches overnight in some places. We had been alright on moisture before that. We had caught some nice inch showers here and there and then the big one came through. We are held up right now on doing anything.
We had a helicopter put some fungicide on our corn and the corn is looking good. We are pretty much done spraying beans at this point. Some are putting pods on and most of them are all flowered. It is all moving right along.
We have been through our beans as many times as we have any year before. The weeds have been a battle. Even our prevented planting acres with cover crops in them have problems, so we have cover crops with weeds in them and no real way to control them. We did plant soybeans as a cover crop on some acres and that will help because we can spray Liberty or Roundup. The marestail grows anywhere and under any conditions. We even had some escapes with Liberty. Our best chemical is getting the ground covered and we just don’t have it this year.
In talking with neighbors and looking at our fields, if it was the end of July instead of the end of August we’d be looking at some bumper crops. There is still a chance at average corn and average beans, but we need the frost and the fall to play along with us for a little bit. Who knows what will happen. We still have a long way to go.
I have been struggling with hay too. I still have second cutting in the field I can’t get. I can’t line up four days without rain in our area. I can’t even get across the field now to get it mowed down. It is the year of 2019 and everything is a battle.
Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning County
We are actually on the wet side. We got 2.5 inches last week and we got 1.4 this week. We had a heck of a storm Sunday night. There were a bunch of trees down and damage to a building. We really didn’t get much rain out of it.
For the corn and beans, the rain has been perfect but it has been hard to make hay. It is growing. I’m actually mowing third cutting right now to chop. There is probably a third more now than there was for second cutting. You don’t get that very often, but the way this year is nothing surprises me.
The quality of this third cutting will be below average. I’m about a week late on mowing this alfalfa, but it was just too wet last week.
The corn and beans look really good. About a month ago things got a little dry but other than that we have been lucky with the rains. Harvest will probably be 2 to 3 weeks later than normal for us.
For us, the weed control has been pretty good. The beans are clean and the corn looks good. We really haven’t had problems with weed control. There are some weed issues in hay fields where the alfalfa is thin, but as far as corn and beans, the weed control is looking pretty good.
We had so much heat in July and it has been hot and humid around here this month. I’d say our heat units are in line. We are a lot better than a lot of places. I was over around Kenton and Ada last week and I just couldn’t believe how much wasn’t planted. I feel pretty fortunate after going out there and coming back home to what we have here.