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2018 Between the Rows



Glenn Harsh, Nov. 26

We have about 395 acres of corn left to go and 78 acres of beans. That acreage of beans isn’t much but it is four different farms and seven different fields and we’ll be taking the header on and off quite a bit to do that. It is slower running the corn now too. There is more corn down and wet conditions. We can only haul a couple of dumps on the grain cart so the combine is waiting for the grain cart some. You’re limited to where you can put the trucks and it all adds layers of challenges when you get wet conditions like this.

We are hoping we don’t get too much rain today and we don’t get snow on the corn. If we are lucky enough, we’ll be able to go Wednesday and maybe Thursday. We are hoping we don’t get snow because it is no fun to clean out the inside of a combine.

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Zach Profit, Nov. 26

We are about 76% done with corn harvest. Bean harvest is wrapped up. Dad went up into northeast Indiana and there are quite a few beans out. In Mercer County there is still quite a bit of corn out. In Van Wert County there is not much left. There is a random corn field here and there.

It is raining again. We got .2 out of that last rain this weekend and it looks like we are getting a similar rain now and we are very wet. Later this week it looks like they are calling for a little bit of a freeze and we are looking forward to that. If we get three good days of running we could finish. We have room to hold everything but we cannot get the weather to get it done. I don’t think we have had four days in a row of no precipitation since mid-October.

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Dan Uetrecht, Nov. 26

We finished up last Thursday, Nov. 8 with the double-crops. Even an old timer told me that there are more beans still out after Thanksgiving than he can ever remember. It has been frustrating for a good year to be such a struggle at the end. I saw a couple guys running on Thanksgiving Day. There has been progress around here, but I feel for some of these guys.

The weather has been some of the worst for late fall I can ever remember. There are probably more beans out down here than corn. The little corn that is still out is because it is down. Especially with the quality issues, guys are really pushing to get after it, but there just haven’t been good days to run. Even with a freeze, the beans are going to be so wet and they will still have to figure out a way to dry them.

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AJ Baltes, Nov. 26

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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Glenn Harsh, Nov. 12

We’re coming along, but we’re not done with harvest yet. The wet weather has delayed the corn harvest considerably. Luckily with tracks we can get in without too much damage. Sometimes it is a matter of where you can get the trucks and safely load them.

We got 3.5 inches of rain about a week ago and we got 3.5 tenths on Thursday, which was enough to get it slimy on top and messy in the field. It was tough there for a while.

The cover crops have helped with flotation and they are growing and are taking up water. They certainly have helped to alleviate some of the problems. We have been grateful to be growing those. And, we have some structure to the soil. It is not just mush at the top 6 or 8 inches and hard under that, so that soil structure plays a big part.

We are at the exact same spot in harvest with soybeans we were at two weeks ago.

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AJ Baltes, Nov. 12

We’re frozen this morning. There were some guys running last week but they were cutting fields up pretty good. We’re combining corn right now to get our drying bins filled again. We ran a little yesterday too. It seems like the fields have dried out a little bit.

It is supposed to snow tonight and maybe tomorrow a little bit. Then it looks like we may have some more frozen mornings. We have about 150 acres of beans to run yet. It is getting down into the low 20s at night. We’ve only had two nights so far that have gotten that cold. Hopefully our late season beans do better. They look better. The corn is still averaging around 175. We had one field run over 200 for an average but as a whole the corn is right around that 175 range.

Guys are starting to wind down around here. Some of them have run in the mud just to get crops out of the fields and get finished up.

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Zach Profit, Nov 12

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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Dan Uetrecht, Nov. 12

We finished up last Thursday, Nov. 8 with the double-crops and put the combine away for the year. There are still quite a few beans out around here. It has been a struggle to get the crops in. To finish up on the double-crops we were running them at 16% or 17%. We put them in a corn bin with Stir-Ator. I’m glad we have done that because they are calling for more rain and snow.

I know two people who have over 1,000 acres of beans yet to go. Sometimes you have to just get out and do it. They ran well, they were just wet. We just have to keep them in condition and dry them down.

Since we finished up the first crop the only thing we have been able to do in the field was to finish up the double-crops. It has been too wet. The way the ground is right now, guys may still be running but it won’t be pretty.

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AJ Baltes, Oct. 29

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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Glenn Harsh, Oct. 29

Harvest is progressing well. We are within a day of being done with soybeans. Unfortunately that is in about five or six little fields.

We started on corn, but we have a ways to go. So far yields are very good. I had a couple of poorer fields that got planted later and they were right around 50 bushels. The rest of my fields have been in the 60s with some fields going 68 or 69 bushels so the yields were very good for the vast majority of the soybeans. We have only done a couple of corn fields. One was the north side of 200 and the other one we really pushed this year and it was over 250. I am interested to see what our more average fields are doing, but we haven’t made it that far yet.

We got .9-inch of rain at the home farm over the weekend.

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Dan Uetrecht, Oct. 29

We started planting wheat Oct. 1 and 2 and got 140 acres planted and we planted another 15 acres on Oct. 8. The first wheat got all of that heat and I think it was up in 4 days. The wheat planted later hit that cold spell but it is up and looking good. It is off to a good start.

We finished the corn and first-crop soybeans last Thursday the 25th. That was a great feeling. There is no bigger satisfaction you have than getting the crop in the bin. We still have about 120 acres of double-crops to do and I have some to do for a neighbor.

This will be the best corn crop I’ve ever raised. Corn quality was great. The beans were a little disappointing and it’s my fault. The first 100 acres we planted looked phenomenal. They had frogeye but they looked good and they were far enough along that I chose not to spray.

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Zach Profit, Oct. 29

We’re wet and the forecast is calling for more rain this week.

We are done with beans. We finished last Wednesday and we are not quite halfway on corn yet. We had one hybrid go down on us after some pretty good wind came through a week or so ago. We have been spending some extra time trying to get that picked up. Other than that, corn harvest has been going well and there is quite a bit out there.

I think for most guys in this area, this is the best bean crop they have ever had. Even on our marginal ground we had great yields. Quality was pretty good. Early on everyone was worried about quality but it really was not widespread. I don’t think quality problems were a big issue in this area. The biggest problem has been keeping up with the combine. It was a phenomenal bean year.

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Glenn Harsh, Oct. 5

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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Dan Uetrecht, Oct. 5

We’ve missed most of the rains here the last couple of days. It is not bean running weather but the weather is cooperating for corn and we are supposed to get temperatures in the mid-80s in the next week. Corn has been down around 17% moisture or so. When we get some sun we finally have beans ready to go.

I am planting wheat now and the ground is in really good shape. Last year I got it in late and this year I think it will get a good start. I should finish it up today. The price is good so we are going to try and get as much wheat in as we can.

The big concern right now in our area is grain quality. The first field of beans I ran last week was 75 or 76 bushels and the second field was almost as good. I moved into another variety and it looked like I had nightshade in my bin.

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Zach Profit, Oct. 5

I’d say the majority of guys in Van Wert are close to half done with soybeans and maybe 5% to 10% of their corn harvested. So far for our corn there have been no quality issues. The test weight has been 58 to 61 pounds and moisture was about 20.5% the last time we ran. Every day that goes by drying corn gets a little cheaper. Hopefully we can be harvesting dry corn and putting it right in the bin.

In soybeans, on the other hand, we have seen quality issues here and there — nothing that hasn’t been accepted but definitely not as good as last year. The soybean has a tarnished, brownish look. It is not in every field, though. We pretty much apply everything to our soybeans — fungicide, insecticide. After doing some research, it looks like stink bug damage. It is mind-blowing to me that it could be that because we applied insecticide but that is what it looks like.

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AJ Baltes, Oct. 5

We haven’t started yet. A lot of guys haven’t started harvest yet up here. I heard some have started corn before beans. We haven’t really had any good drying days to run beans so far. It got close to the 80s a couple of days but it has been cloudy and humid so the beans don’t want to dry down. We got about a quarter inch of rain yesterday so it will be at least a day or two more before we can start.

Most of the beans have been standing pretty well. Once the leaves came off of them they stood back up. There has been some corn going over but nothing widespread. There is some ear rot and sprout in the corn in some fields and hopefully we can get going on it before it gets ahead of us. I haven’t heard about any bad test weight or anything, though.

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Glenn Harsh, Sept. 24

It is just starting to drizzle here right now. It looks like we’ll be stopped with harvest for a few days. We started on soybeans on Friday, we got a little rain Friday night and we got some more done yesterday. We got a good start on it. A lot of people around here got started this week. I’d say I’m in the middle of the pack for this area.

It seems like the first 10 acres takes you as much time as the next 100 acres. The yields on the early beans were in the mid-50s. We put a new yield monitor system in and we were getting it calibrated, so I’m not 100% positive on the yield. This was not my best field and it was an early bean. Typically the full season beans do better for me.

I was surprised that the hills dropped off on yield more than I thought.

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Dan Uetrecht, Sept. 24

We got started running corn on Saturday the 15th at 23% moisture. The other day we were down to 18%. We were really drying down nice. We just had a beautiful week of running. Conditions were good and the corn has been phenomenal.

On the yield monitor there was a 3 in front of the yield a couple times. I’ve only ever seen that once or twice. We had a good-sized field average right at 250 bushels. We have about 200 acres run and it looks like this could be the best corn crop I’ve ever raised. Quality has been good. If we get more rain and winds that could be a concern, but everything is standing fine so far.

A lot of guys have chosen to let it dry in the field longer. I have been surprised that more corn has not been run. The beans have not been ready yet.

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AJ Baltes, Sept. 24

We haven’t done any harvesting yet. We have some beans that are getting close. Guys are slowly starting to harvest. It sounds like the crops are doing pretty decent. I looked at a corn test plot yesterday to the south of us. They had anything from 220 to 280 in the test plots and hopefully that is a sign of what it will be like when we get out in the fields. We are maybe a week or so away from harvesting beans yet.

There was a tornado that touched down about 30 or 40 miles to the north of us the other day. They got a bunch of rain and really heavy winds. We didn’t get anything out of it. It was near Middlefield.

We got a couple of tenths of rain Friday evening. Everything so far has been standing pretty well. There are some beans leaning but once they lose the leaves and get the weight off of them they are standing back up.

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Zach Profit, Sept. 24

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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