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Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning County

We are in pretty good shape. We got 2 to almost 2.5 inches the beginning of last week in three different rains. We’re lucky there. It is supposed to rain a half-inch plus tomorrow and maybe some on Wednesday.

Pollination went fine and the corn is a good color. The conditions were pretty good through pollination. I replanted 10 acres and I don’t know if it will amount to anything, but otherwise corn looks good. The corn is about a month behind.

The soybeans are coming along pretty well. We got the late-planted beans sprayed. It was actually a little wet when we did it. Weed control looks good too. They are way behind but the look good.

We have found a little gray leaf spot in the corn but that is about it. We are not planning on applying fungicides.

I am hoping at the end of the week to dry bale and chop some of the late second cutting to wrap up second cutting hay. Next week then we’ll start on third cutting. The hay is a little light. It has been dry enough that it held the grass back.

The hot weather knocked the dairy back a little. The cows have come back since then and are doing alright. We’re actually in pretty good shape with applying manure. We should have about everything out this week and have the manure pit empty. There is 70 acres of prevented planting corn so we had that to haul on. We disked that a couple of times. I had a cover crop on it last year after wheat so we are just going with that.

I was over around Upper Sandusky about 10 days ago. I couldn’t believe it. Our crops are nothing to write home about, but I felt pretty good after I left there. At least we have crops to harvest. Depending on how we finish up we could be about average for yields.

Andrew Armstrong — Clark County

We could use a shower. Last week we got a couple of little showers amounting to a little over an inch. Some of our farms got all of them. Some got a few of them but we are back to being dry again. The rains we got last week were just enough to keep everything going. There is rain in the forecast for tomorrow. I hope we get it.

The corn is progressing well. It has tasseled and everything is mostly pollinated and we’re starting to see fill. The dry weather, though, has put the corn on pause until we get some more rain.

The disease pressure has been down. We’ve been scouting and everything looks pretty good on the corn side. We are still fighting weeds in the beans — giant ragweed and marestail. We are hoping this final batch of spray will take care of that. Two weeks ago I could still make out the rows in the beans and that is not good at all. It has allowed the weed pressure to stay with us in the 15-inch rows. If we don’t get it taken care of we will have a major issue next year.

Since we haven’t found disease, we won’t spray any fungicide. There have been a few years in the past where we have done some emergency spraying. We don’t spray if we don’t find disease.

We are also spraying our prevented planting ground. We had a little less than 200 acres of prevented planting. We bush hogged some of the thicker weeds and we are spraying now to keep them controlled for next year.

Time will tell what the correct decision would be. We have discussed cover crops but we have always ended up not worrying about it because they can open up a whole different set of problems.

Nathan Brown — Highland County

We are starting to get dry. We drove to Dayton over the weekend and the grass was a little browner there. We were hoping for a rain last week and it didn’t pan out. We’re hoping on Tuesday we get a good rain.

The corn has gotten through pollination and it looks like we did fairly well. Most of the corn pollinated when it was in the mid-80s and not the mid-90s like it was before. The only disease I’ve found came in early, but we went ahead and sprayed fungicide last week on all of our corn for plant health and standability. I think this could turn into a long fall with the high moisture we could have and I think the fungicide could help with standability.

We are probably 3 weeks behind where we normally would like to be. I think it will be the end of October as long as we keep getting heat units before we can start harvesting much.

The soybeans are coming on. I have one field that was planted in April and the next field that was planted was almost a month difference. The early planted beans have a lot more branching and I think they are definitely going to be better. I am seeing some pod abortion with the dry weather we are having. I have seen a little frogeye in the lower canopy but nothing toward the top.

We have pretty good populations but canopy closure has been an issue. We’re not filling in the 15-inch rows and sunlight is getting through to the soil and we are having a late flush of weeds. In the last week to 10 days the ragweed and marestail are coming on pretty strong. At this point in the year, though, I think we are just going to have to let them go with the yield possibility of these beans. We’ll try to come in this fall and clean some things up and get cover crops established.

We have some wheat ground where we got cover crops planted July 25. Things are up and looking good but we could use a shot of rain on them.

We are getting ready for a cover crop field day on the farm on Aug. 21. If you are thinking about doing cover crop this fall, seed is going to be short. I am hearing the same thing with wheat seed. It is in short supply.

Dylan Baer — Wood County

We caught a shower. We were getting dry but we caught an inch of rain and it was pretty well timed for us. There are some areas north of here that only got 3 or 4 tenths and they could have used more. It sounds like there is a chance of rain tonight that might solve everybody’s problems.

The corn just started tasseling and that rain is really going to help us. If we get some more rain tonight we’ll be in good shape. We have good color. We’re a month behind but it looks good. It feels like it should be the middle of July and not August.

I think the weather this fall will dictate how the corn will do. It is on track to be at least average corn if the weather holds and we don’t get an early frost.

We are going to be scouting this week to see what is out there. If there is a fungicide needed we are definitely going to do it. It looks like there is yield potential there.

The beans are hit or miss. They all look pretty good color-wise but some fields never took off. We have some that are only as tall as a pop bottle. We’re scratching our heads about how we are going to get those through the combine. I don’t know what the difference is but there are some others with good height and good color.

Most people are still pretty down on 2019. It is so hard to tell what we will have out there. At least we are out doing things. We have had a dry spell that allowed us to get some work done. We got all of our ground covered right now except for in some wheat stubble where we are working on tillage and manure application. We have all of our prevented planting acres covered with rye or soybeans. We planted soybeans on the field we are going to plant to wheat this fall with the idea that they will create a little nitrogen for the wheat.

I am halfway through second cutting hay. It has not been what I’d hoped for. It looked like there was going to be a lot of hay there. I think on 16 acres I got 480 bales. We spread some fertilizer on it and we’ll try again with third cutting. Quality was good, though. I was happy with that.

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