Andrew Armstrong, Clark County
The weather has been pretty nice. Our earliest planted corn field that was planted on the one good day we had in April is getting pretty close. We are trying to decide when we are going to run it. We have some beans that are starting to change. I can already see where there are some yellow and green patches and we may have to blend in some wetter beans or decide if we are going to wait for the whole field to get ready or go in and go around those green patches.
The later corn has surprisingly been able to close that gap after being planted a month later than our earliest corn. It is not going to be that far behind. Once we can start going we will keep going. We are not afraid to run it through the dryer. We are shooting to get started around that 25% moisture level. The goal is to get started and pretty much finish the corn before we get into the beans.
We are not afraid to dry our beans either. Our plan of attack depends on if we can get all of the corn first. We have an old batch dryer we can use for beans. It doesn’t dry faster than we can run beans. We are not planning on drying beans but we will if we have to.
The corn out here changed rapidly the last week or so. Ears are dropping and the warm weather this week should speed up the process.
We had a very heavy dew Saturday. I had hay down that I mowed Wednesday or Thursday and it dried off by afternoon on Saturday, so we were able to get it baled. There are still cracks in the ground but we have gotten enough rains to keep things limping along.
Nathan Brown, Highland County
It has been cooler, but we have gotten some heat and the beans are starting to show some yellow leaves. We still need some heat units to get this corn to blacklayer, but I feel better about this crop than I did a month ago. We are probably looking at the last week of September for these April-planted beans, but I think it will be the second week of October before we are going really hard. The corn is going to be wet so we are hoping to get the majority of the beans done and then switch over. The gas man is going to like us this fall.
Down here in the southern part of the state, the forecast does not appear to have many very cool days. I don’t know that there is much of a concern about frost for the immediate future and we are not as concerned about it as we were a couple of weeks ago.
We’ve got some replants, but if we keep getting this weather the beans will be pretty good about drying down. I don’t think drying beans this fall will be as big of a concern as it was last year.
I think the moisture and heat this week could still help, especially for the soybeans and some for the corn. We are still setting bean pods and there are still a few blooms here and there and some good September rains could really help plump up those beans. There is still a chance to add some yield to this crop.
Most guys around here finished their second- and are finishing up their third-cutting hay now. We have had enough heat and moisture to keep the pastures going fairly strong yet too. We weaned all of our feeder calves and the cover crops are coming on for grazing this fall. That has let us manage pastures and things are looking pretty good heading into fall.
Guys thinking about cover crops need to figure out how to get them placed. We are looking at an airplane Monday the 16th to get some covers on the corn ground and in some soybeans. It is important to get the cover crops up and established as soon as possible and not worry about harvest effects. You don’t get a lot of growth in later September and early October because the growing degree units are not there.
Dylan Baer, Wood County
We are still nervous about how far we have to go with it closing in on the middle of September here. The words “early frost” are fighting words right now. Everyone is nervous. We have had some pretty fall-like days and we need some heat and sunshine to finish these crops. None of our beans even have a yellowish tint to them yet. The middle of the week they are expecting some high 80s, which is what we need. It will feel hot, but we will enjoy it because we need it.
We’re pretty wet still. We just started our wheat stubble tillage in the last day or so. We have had heavy rains the last couple of weeks and the rain has been a battle. We’re looking for more hours in the tractor this week.
Most of our corn — we only have 170 acres — hasn’t started firing at the bottom. The ears look good and the crop has the moisture, but I still think we have a long ways to go. We need heat and dry weather. We are not expecting to get our combine out until the middle of October.
Hay has been a battle too with the wet weather. I have had hay down for five days now. The weather has been cool and cloudy and I couldn’t get it dry enough to bale. I’m hoping to get that wrapped up today. As frustrating as this third cutting has been, I’m done after this. I have only gotten two cuttings off of some acres because I couldn’t get a dry stretch to get it made, so I am definitely short on tons this year. The first-cutting quality wasn’t great and the third-cutting is going to be a little more faded than people like to see, but I still don’t think people will be to picky about it because hay is so hard to find. The hay has been moving quickly. Hay has been up 50 or 75 cents for me across the board. I know there is hay out there selling for higher than what I’m selling it for, but it is better than letting it sit in the barn for me.
We are battling weeds. We thought we’d have nice cover crop stands heading into the fall but now we have some weeds and we are trying to figure out what to do to get the weeds out of our cover crops. Grass is tough to get out of a rye field.
We are doing a little ditching this week if the weather holds. We found out in some of our wheat fields that we needed to split up some tile to get it ready for 2020.
Lamar Liming, Trumbull/Mahoning County
The weather has been cool with some rain in spots. It has been pretty good weather, generally. It is supposed to warm back up here in the next couple of days. It is supposed to be 87 tomorrow.
The cool weather slowed things down some. A few people are chopping corn. Mine is still a little ways off. It is still a couple of weeks for me. I see some beans trying to turn. We chop corn, then go to beans and then harvest the corn. After I chop, I am going to try to get some wheat in too. I am planning on the same wheat acres as I had last year, but if I can get some beans off early enough I’ll put some more wheat in. For the silage tonnage in this area, I’ve heard both above average and I’ve heard below average, but more below average.
Our moisture levels are fine. We have been getting rain. I got hay made the end of last week and this weekend. I got some third-cutting dry bales and I think I’m done with hay now, unless we get a really late fall. The quality of third-cutting was good and the yield was probably over 40% more than second cutting, so I’m happy with that.
I think the corn will be about average but beans will be below average because they went in so late. They are calling for rain Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the warmer temperatures.