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2013 Between the Rows

Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program seeks election to board for three districts

Public Notice of Nomination and Election

Pursuant to Section 924.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, David T. Daniels, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture will conduct an election of the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program Board in July 2016.

The Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program is designed to increase the opportunities for small grains producers. The purpose of this program is to provide funds to permit small grains producers to develop, implement, and participate in market development and promotion, research and educational programs.

The election to the Board will include these three districts:

District 4: Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert counties

District 5: Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot counties

District 6: Allen, Auglaize, Logan, Mercer, Shelby counties.

The Nomination Procedure is as follows

  • Nominating petitions may be obtained from David T. Daniels, Director Ohio Department of Agriculture Legal Section 8995 E Main Street Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-3399 Telephone 1-800-282-1955 or 614-728-6390.
  • Petitions require at least twenty-five (25) valid signatures from small grains producers who reside within the district in which the candidate seeks election.
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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Nov. 11

“We got the beans done over the weekend, got our lime spread and a lot of manure has been hauled. We still have 80 acres of corn to left to harvest but we’re in better shape now that we got caught up on these other things. We’re running out of room because we have had a really good corn crop this year.

“We’re going to average in the upper 220s or 230s straight through. We had some fields average in the 270s and 280s. I knew it was going to be good when I was chopping and it stayed good the whole way through.

“We had test plots average 89.5-bushel beans in the test plots. We had some 102-bushel beans in the best ground. They were planted at the right time. We need to plant in the first and second week of May here and waiting to plant paid off here.

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Nov. 11

“I have 25 acres left to go. I had more water damage than I thought we had. We still have pretty good yields, and it may still average out to be the best year ever, but not as far above as what I thought it could have been. I think we’ll average in the 160- or 170- range, which would not be the best year we’ve ever had, but it is still not bad corn. We had a lot of rain there early on and in the low holes there is just not much corn there.

“The yield monitor would go from below 100 to 250. There has been a wide range this year. The well-drained fields were more consistent, but even they had some lower spots for yield. We will be on the border with whether we will capture anything from insurance due to the lower prices.

“We had one variety that was goose-necked something awful and it was a challenge.

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Nov. 11

“I think everyone is making really good strides. There are a lot of neighbors finishing up. I am guessing our area is 95% done on soybeans. There are still a few fields out here or there. Corn, I am guessing, is 80% or 85% done. Things are basically wrapping up around here.

“Everybody has been really happy with corn yields and pretty happy with soybeans. There have been a few fields around here in the 40s, but I have heard some guys talking about 70 bushel beans too. I am interested to see what the county and state average yields will be. Without a doubt there will be some pretty good numbers.

“We have the dry fertilizer spread and the corn stalks sprayed. All my double-crop ground has been sprayed too. Our double-crop beans were in the 30s and 40s. We had them planted pretty early and the finished up on either side of 40 bushels.

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Nov. 11

“A lot of people have wrapped up here in the last couple of days. We are still getting a fair amount of corn and there are still plenty of parts of western Ohio where there is corn standing. We have really had some pretty decent weather in the past couple of weeks to get things done.

“I hear yields all over the board from average to above average to extremely above average. Everybody is about at average or above, just how far above is different from 10% above to 30 or 40% above.

“Most people are just relieved that the market did not tank on Friday. The markets are getting a little more accurate numbers now. I think we’re going to see a more steady market without as many spikes as we have seen in recent years. That is going to take watching things a little more closely for opportunities to sell.

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Oct. 28

“We got all of the beans cut in six days. We just got in the cab and didn’t slow down. We don’t have a big range in maturity and they were all pretty much the same. There was a lot of water damage and most of the beans were only knee high. As much water damage as there was, I thought we did pretty well. We ended up somewhere over that 50-bushel per acre mark. We used high management on them and tried to get the right stuff on them when they needed it.  We had no weed pressure either. There were a lot of troubles with controlling weeds in many areas this year. I am glad my chemical program is working.

“We’ve gotten about 350 acres of corn done. There are good spots and bad spots. The first corn we shelled was 200 plus bushels. The corn in the good black ground was not as good as I was hoping it would be.

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Oct. 28

“The big news is that our baby boy was born on the 13th, right in the middle of drying corn. He was two weeks early and the timing was horrible — not that we are not thankful.

“We are finished up with harvest. We finished beans and corn on Friday the 18th. That is a lot earlier than other guys. There are more finishing up every day. By the  time it rains later this week, there will be a lot of guys done. There is a lot of work to do in some areas yet. It is one of the earlier finishes for us. We missed a lot of rains this year.

“We’ll end up 10 or 15 bushels above average. It is not as high as some areas, but we were pleased with what we had. We had 150 acres of one corn hybrid that green snapped more than other varieties and it shaved 20 or 30 bushels off of that yield.

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Oct. 28

“We are done with corn and first crop soybeans. We’ve still got double-crops to cut but they still have moisture in them and are not quite ready.  I think they will make for decent beans. The few double-crop beans we have cut have done well, but they were planted pretty early. The wheat is up and looking good.”

“Now we’re trying to catch up on paper work and start fall spraying when the weather cooperates. We’re not really wet and there is a lot of harvest activity going on around here. We finished with corn around Oct. 15 and the first-crop beans shortly after.

“Our corn was averaging anywhere from 120 to 150 bushels for the replanted acres we had. The other corn was running either side of 200. I think we’ll fall in the 180- to 185-bushel area and soybeans will be in the high 50s. I am pleased with that.

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Oct. 28

“The last two weeks have been cloudy and drizzly and it has not been good going. The wheat we planted after corn silage is looking great. The wheat we planted two weeks ago when the ground was a little heavier is not doing so well. This week is supposed to be warmer and that will help the wheat.

“We have done a few acres of high moisture corn that we are putting right in the silo. We grind most of our corn — the cob and ear and all — for feed.  All our corn goes through the cattle. It is really good corn but we don’t know what yields are because it is going right in the silo. We are half done with beans and I would guess we are in the high 50s and low 60s for yields so far. We harvested our test plot today and it averaged 86.8 bushels per acres in our really good dirt.

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Oct. 7

“Our drought conditions are over. We got between 2.5 and 3 inches of rain from Friday through Sunday. We were making good progress. We finished beans on Sept. 27. Usually it is the first couple of days in October when we finish. We planted them early and they dried down well. We had some high 40s and some over 60 bushels. We ended up about 12 bushels better than average and we were really tickled with that. In our area the range is 45 bushels on the rougher soils on up to the high 60s in better fields. There was a huge range.

“The beans would test 11% or 12% on moisture, but we were running leaves and stems through the combine. The beans that were dry that died prematurely were shattering at the sickle.

“We seeded another 200 acres of cover crops and they are all up and that has worked out well before the rain.

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Oct. 7

“This would have been a beautiful rain on the first of August. We got just shy of 3 inches. I would guess we are out until at least the weekend unless we get some sunshine.

“We did get our wheat in and it is coming up. We generally plant wheat in our drier soils so I don’t think we’ll have ponding in our wheat ground. We did have pretty healthy wind yesterday and I don’t know if that blew any corn down or not.

“We probably have about 25% of our corn to harvest yet. We’re half done with beans. There are still a lot of crops to come off around here yet. We’re probably a little ahead with corn because we were able to harvest pretty early.  I am guessing people in the area are 25% to 40% done with soybeans.

“There are some green stem beans, especially in some of the drier soils where they may have died early.

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Oct. 7

“We had 2.7 inches of rain. It was just getting ready to go for corn and beans and it turned wet. We’re ready to go as soon as the weather cooperates. There has only been a very small amount of corn and beans done around here. The bean yields I have heard have been 40 to 67 bushels for averages.

“We’re done with silage and it took 30% less corn than it did last year. When you chopped the corn it was just awesome. There is some good corn out there.

“We finished up with fifth cutting hay and it was some of the nicest fifth cutting we’ve done in a long time. We had beautiful weather for it 2 weeks ago. The weather could not have been better. You don’t have much sunlight to work with this time of year and you have to be ready.

“Our beans are still looking really good, but I bet we can’t do anything until at least Thursday.

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Oct. 7

“We’re not floating away, but we don’t need any more rain. We’ve gotten 2.5 inches and it is pretty wet. There may be more at the end of the week depending on where the hurricane goes. We should have beans ready by the time it does dry up.

“I still have the combine set for corn. We ran around 90 acres. The moisture was anything from 21% to 26%. We haven’t cut any beans. There are too many green streaks in them. We are going to put them in the bin and I don’t want any problems with them. Probably 80% of them are ready and 20% are still green. I’d hate to have any problems storing them. We still had some yellow leaves on beans last week.

“The corn is up to expectations and beyond. The corn was over 200 dry and not even in the best ground. It was some of the best corn I have ever shelled and we are just getting started.

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Sept. 23

“We are more than half done with corn. We have been hitting it pretty hard. We’re seeing corn between 175 and 200 bushels, some a little better than that. I haven’t calculated what whole fields have made. Where there was too much water and emergence issues early in the season, that will play a role in lowering some of the fields’ yields. We haven’t harvested any beans yet. We are trying to take advantage of some of the early basis with corn. Hopefully we’ll be into beans Wednesday or Thursday. Then I won’t plant wheat until the first of October.

“Friday we had 1.7 inches of rain. We are minimum till on our corn ground. We tried on Sunday afternoon and it was amazing how dry the ground was. We really did need the rain. It was beneficial to get the ground ready for the wheat and it will still help the double-crop beans fill.

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Sept. 23

“We flew on some cereal rye last week and it was nice to get a couple of inches of rain Friday night that really helped it.  We’re probably still a couple of weeks away from cutting beans. I have been thinking about trying some corn to make sure the dryer is working right.

“The neighbor to the south of me has shelled around 300 acres that was at just under 25% moisture. It was an earlier variety and they had some contracts to fill.

The rain was not going to help any of the crops up here, other than the cover crops.

“Weeds are not a problem for me. There are ways to control them, but it costs a little more money. We have to work on controlling some of these hard to control weeds. “Fall spraying is a really good way of controlling that. The cereal rye really helps a lot, in my opinion.

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Sept. 23

“We got a little bit of fifth cutting hay done and it was good. I am going to finish mowing hay today hopefully. We still don’t have the quality, but we have the quantity. We are 70% done with corn silage. It is very consistently good corn. Our silo was completely empty this year and once we start chopping, we start feeding corn right away. The corn is just beautiful. The moisture is just right. We are right there in the high 20s and low 30s on the tonnage.

“There has been no field corn harvest or soybean harvest around here yet. We’ll put wheat in after the silage as soon as the weather gets nice. The beans are going to be later this year. They are pretty green yet and probably need another two weeks.

“We had 1.9 inches of rain last Friday. It was a little slippy on top when we chopped silage on Saturday.

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Sept. 23

“There have been a fair amount of beans and corn run. It has been drier out here so we could get in a little earlier.  We have run about 170 acres of beans. There have been some pleasant surprises. We have been about 20% above average so far on soybeans. The average should be north of 50 bushels. We’ve had some in the 60s and some in the high 40s. It looks to be 10 to 15% on moisture. We did 25 acres of corn. It was at around 21% on moisture. I think it will be above 160 bushels. It was 107-day maturity planted in early May. We are more pleased with beans at this point. We had some neighbors with some early maturing beans yield in the high 60s. They were really pleased.

“We got 3.2 inches of rain last week, but we are fueling up the combine right now.

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Sept. 9

“This dry weather is starting to take a toll on soybeans, I believe. I think it has been at least two weeks since we have gotten much precipitation. We are extremely dry. Soybeans are definitely losing yield right now. I planted some maturities to get beans off early and get wheat planted. They look pretty good. This might be the year that earlier beans might be better. They should have started to mature before this dry spell hit.

“We have shelled a little bit of corn. We don’t have any yield estimates though. The moisture is high, from 27% to 31%. We are just trying to get into the drier areas of the fields.

“I haven’t checked yields yet, but it looks like it will be a good crop. Test weight looks OK and is coming in at 53 or 54. Kernels look good. We’re just slowly getting into corn harvest.

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Sept. 9

“It just looks great. We got about three tenths of an inch of rain on Labor Day, which should be enough to finish the crops. I’ve talked to guys in other areas that are hurting bad.

“Harvest is still a long ways off. Some of the corn is just getting past the milk stage. Silage corn could maybe get started the first part of next week. We have to fill three silos and that will take maybe 70 acres. We already started chopping corn. It will take a lot less acres because the corn is so good. We were doing yield checks and we have been consistently getting 240 or 260 or 270. We did a quick check at a couple of rows where we planted at 60,000 population and it was 356 bushels per acre. It wouldn’t stand well though because the stalks were so small, but we had 59 ears in 17.5 feet.

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Sept. 9

“We had another batch of storms last weekend and we got a quarter of an inch. It was better than nothing, but we still have less than an inch in the last 30 days. We’re still not complaining and we will have something decent to harvest. The timing was not that great with the dry August. The drought monitor is just catching us on the first stage of the drought.

“We would have really had some bumper stuff if we would have gotten rains in the last month, but it is still amazing how well things are podding up and filling kernels with so little rain.

“Everything is starting to turn now and diseases are a non-issue at this point. I have been hearing of corn yield estimates of everything from 150 to 250 depending on your soils and the rain. It looks like we will probably run a field of beans towards the end of the week.

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