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2018 Between the Rows Feature



Between the Rows crops still in the field

We ran all day on Thanksgiving and part of the day Friday until the ground thawed out. Some guys ran all day Friday. We are trying out a draper head to finish the beans this year. It helped us get a lot more done.

The later beans actually started yielding better. We had one field do about 60, which is up about 10 bushels over the really late planted stuff we had. The beans we took off were at 20% moisture. We got another 130 acres of beans off and we have 30 more acres of beans and a little over 200 more acres of corn to go. The more I drive around the more crops out I still see.

We have taken corn off in January before and as long as it keeps standing we don’t worry about it. It looks like maybe the middle of the week we can run again and get the beans finished and maybe start on some corn and get the drying bins filled up again.

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Wet weather slowing harvest efforts

We have had some freezing temperatures. It got cold enough that we could run all night after we started back up on Saturday. We had enough wind that it is starting to dry off again. We have been happy to get some days to run.

We finished soybeans and we are 72% done with corn. We hope we can finish in the next week. If you get outside of Van Wert County, there is still quite a bit of corn out in the fields.

Corn yields have been pretty strong. We will be better than last year, but not by much. This year will probably be the best corn we’ve raised and the best beans we have raised. We are pleased.

The moisture in the corn increased. It seems like we picked up a point of two of moisture. It bottomed out around 17% and I doubt it will get dryer than that.

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Rain slows harvest efforts Between the Rows

We got about 200 acres of beans off and about 150 acres of wheat planted. We also ran about 100 acres of corn. We still have quite a ways to go but we got started. We finished up planting wheat on Oct. 19 and we planted it all on the 17th 18th and 19th.

The beans started out pretty good at 12% or 13% moisture but this last week the air never dried out. We didn’t get the sun and they were running around 16%.

The yields have been decent for what these crops went through. The beans are averaging from the mid 40s to around 50 bushels. The corn is running around 175 bushels and the moisture is running around 20% and 25% moisture. If we found any fields with mold or anything in them we were taking those off first. For the most part grain quality has been pretty good.

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Soybean quality issues showing up Between the Rows

The rain slowed us up a little bit but we had projects to catch up on anyway so it has been a little bit of a relief. We are coming along with beans and they are running through nicely after the problems we saw with the insect damage in that first field. It was an early field and I think it was a timing thing with the insects. We had some damage from stink bugs and we also had some damage from the bean leaf beetle, which causes Phomopsis.

We have combined some corn and got a good start on one farm. It is doing very well yield wise and quality is good. It is drying down fast. The corn we are in is right about 21% and it is full season corn, but it was planted early. The first field we were in had some gravel knolls and the stalk quality was deteriorating quickly.

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Big yields to start 2018 Between the Rows harvest

We are pretty happy. We are 10% done with corn and 15% done with soybeans. We got started last Monday Sept. 17 in some corn. The moisture starting off was 21% to 23%. We had a small patch that was an earlier hybrid that came in at 18.5%.

We haven’t really seen anything under 190 bushels and the sky is the limit the other way. We have seen up to 230 and we have only run the earlier hybrids with 103- and 104-day corn. It has met our expectations and it is definitely going to be good. It will be right at the yields we had last year. I’m not sure it will be much better than last year but I think it will come off at a lower moisture.

The soybeans, I think, are the big story in the area with yields anywhere from 60 to 80 bushels with the majority of the yields I have heard around 70.

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Rains soak the state while harvest draws near

We fared pretty well. We got a little over 2 inches. A lot of the Cincinnati area and north and south of us had 3 to 5 inches. We didn’t flood. It rained over two-and-a-half days and we fared better than most. South of us is pretty flat and they got 5 to 6 inches and that is a lot of water to deal with right before harvest.

I have not heard of anyone around here running anything. I think we are going to start with corn first. It is turning fast and with the disease pressure we’ve got and the heat units we’ve had, I’d say in the next 7 to 10 days we’ll be running corn. Right now everything is holding up pretty well. We didn’t get much wind with the rain and I haven’t seen any stalk issues yet.

When we get this much rain and the ears are still upright, it can be a perfect storm for grain quality.

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Between the Rows: Big yield potential

We’ve continued to get rain. The corn I think is wrapped up. My two big questions now are: how good will the yield be and will the amount of diseases I have in my corn affect standability? I think without a doubt this corn crop is going to be big.

Everybody has been talking about how widespread the gray leaf spot and even the northern corn leaf blight is in this area. I talked with CPS and they have sprayed more acres than they ever have and the disease is still out there. We are deciding what we want to do about spraying our double-crop beans. Even our first soybean fields that were sprayed are still heavy with disease and the fields we chose not to spray where we did not have much pressure, disease has come on heavy in them too. It is just a year where we have tremendous disease pressure.

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Rains keep crops progressing Between the Rows

Earlier last week we had an inch and three tenths. It was a nice shot of rain just about everywhere in the county. It was needed and we are hoping for another one today or tonight. I saw something about the possibility of severe weather. I’ll just take the rain and no wind. We’ve had enough wind — we just need a nice easy rain.

With the rain and the cooler temperatures we had dark spots in the fields until Wednesday or Thursday. The cooler weather helped conserve that moisture a little and not just burn it away.

It would be nice to catch another inch. We are progressing nicely and really not taking steps backwards. If we get another nice rain today we’d be looking pretty good, especially because this looks like it will be the last hot day for awhile with highs in the lower 80s as far as the eye can see.

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Rains bring relief Between the Rows

On our home farm we have only gotten about a half-inch but there was a downpour on one of our eastern farms. I think it really just depends on which little black rain cloud you get underneath.

We were needing this rain, not desperately, but the corn was starting to fire up and show some drought stress. Even here at the home farm where we only got a half-inch, the crops really responded to the rain. It would certainly help if we could get another half inch here in the next couple of days. Time will tell.

Our first planted fields are well into the blister stage. The last planted corn has pollinated and it looks like it went through fine from what we can tell. There were enough cool nights and the pollination seemed to go OK even though we were concerned with the hot weather.

Beans are moving along.

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Crops growing fast around Ohio

Things are looking really good. The corn just keeps going. It has had the rain, the sun and the heat. We have been hot but it is just starting to pollinate. We’ve had some cooler nights and we’ve had enough rain that it is keeping those silks moist. It started tasseling right around the Fourth of July. Most everybody’s corn around here was tasseling when we were out running wheat. The silks are out and I think it could be an early harvest. I was talking to an older farmer and he said he hasn’t seen a year like this where everything is so far ahead. Normally an early harvest is not a good sign but everything is growing so fast. This is abnormal but good.

The early beans did fine with all of the rain we’d gotten. Some of the smaller beans had some light green pockets but now they have grown out of it.

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Wet weather (and even a tornado) Between the Rows

Since last Monday we’ve had 7.5 inches of rain. Every day since then we have gotten a pretty good shot of rain and there is a 50% chance tomorrow and an 80% chance on Wednesday. We got hammered pretty good and then there was an EF0 tornado that went through about a quarter mile east of our farm. It almost wiped out a new house that I bought.

I bought the house at 3 on Friday and signed the paperwork and at 6:55 that night a tornado went through the north side of the lot. It threw a branch at one side of the house but it didn’t really hurt much. There were a bunch of limbs down but it messed up some corn. The corn was flat. There was green snap but since we’d had all that rain, the wind just pushed most of the plants over.

The corn has goosenecked and stood back up and it is looking better.

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2018 off to a good start (mostly) Between the Rows

Things are going really well. The crop looks really good. I think we are one inch of rain away from having a perfect spring. We are a little dry and if we could just get a good soaker it would be perfect. Hopefully we’ll get it. We are supposed to heat up today. The weather has been really nice with some 70- and 80-degree days with low humidity. Now we’re supposed to get hot and humid and that should kick up some thunderstorms.

For emergence it has been perfect. We didn’t have any beating rains. Everyone down this way said that this year was as good for getting the crop out of the ground without any issues as they have ever seen. The crop looks healthy.

Around Wilmington and up towards Court House they have been getting some rains and things are really going. We could use some rain but we are still doing well.

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Sunshine finally starting to bring farmers to the fields

We worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work.

With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so we want to hold off on spraying.  We are sort of in a holding pattern now because we don’t really do any tillage work so we are finishing up additions to our planter and moving seed.

The cover crops are looking much better. The fields that were thin are filling in. It is mainly the ryegrass that is growing in right now. I don’t see a lot of other species really growing much out there yet.

After this series of rains this week, I would guess that we could get going next week. There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow and Wednesday and some chance on Thursday and Friday.

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Not much happening Between the Rows as winter lingers on

We’ve been pretty slow like everyone else. We had close to three inches of rain the other day. I’ve lost track of all the gloomy, rainy cloudy days but one day and one night it never stopped raining. We got some higher winds but nothing that caused damage.

The wheat looks good and is greening up some but it is behind like the grass and the trees. Normally we start seeing leaves the first week of April and there are no leaves on our trees down this way. I think everything is behind and waiting for some warm weather to start growing.

I’m getting everything ready. We are cleaning fence line and doing all of those little things so whenever that window opens we can just hammer down. It is frustrating to be in the first part of April and be so wet.

I have a little bit of wheat by a creek — we have some lower bottoms by a couple of big creeks.

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2018 Between the Rows kicks off

We are located in south central Van Wert County in northwest Ohio. We are farming short of 3,800 acres — my dad, my brother, my mom, and myself. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat, though this year we don’t have any wheat. We could use some wheat to spread the workload out but it was a marketing decision.

There wasn’t much opportunity to do any work in the field this winter. Once the weather turned in December, it was a nasty winter to get much done. We got some grain hauled. We put a good dent in trucking our soybeans out but we still have quite a bit of corn. We are trying to remain optimistic. We have a big report coming this week and we are hoping on an upswing here.

We are looking at planting malting barley. You can harvest it a little earlier to get double-crop soybeans in.

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