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2019 Between the Rows




Hit and miss planting progress continues to frustrate

Dylan Baer – Wood County

There have been some guys west of here who were able to get in the fields and get some planting done on Saturday. We could only find one field we thought we could run on and we got 50 acres of corn in. We got the drill out in the afternoon on Saturday and made about three rounds planting beans and decided it was too wet. It was raining again Sunday morning.

The last I heard, we were closing in on 14 inches since April 1. I’m pretty sure that is record breaking for us. Even the older farmers are talking about how they have never seen this. The 10-day forecast doesn’t look good so we have pretty much written off corn at this point. We were hanging on for as long as we could. Every time a chance of rain came up we’d say, ‘If we miss this one we could plant’ but we got it every time.

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A little progress, more frustration with planting

Dylan Baer – Wood County

As of right now we are a little over half done with spraying pre-emerge on soybeans. All of it has been done with our ATV sprayer. We have a nice Apache Sprayer in the barn and we haven’t used it. There are farmers in the area that don’t have any spraying done and it is starting to show. We’re thankful to be able to go out and get what we can get while we can get it. Other than that we have been mowing like crazy.

Between our house and McComb there is a field of beans planted up on a ridge. I don’t know when that happened but I saw it the other day. Other than that field, there really hasn’t even been any groundwork done. I think we have over half of our acres that go to corn that still need field cultivated. We just haven’t been able to do anything.

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Wet weather swamping early May

Andrew Armstrong – Clark County

It is nice and soggy over here. When we started planting two weeks ago, it took us all day to get the problems worked out of the corn planter. We did get 100 acres of corn planted and that was it. It started raining that evening and we have not been out in the field since. As of yesterday and today we mowed an awful lot of grass. That is all we have been able to accomplish.
The corn has spiked through, but it is pretty slow going. Between yesterday and today I am guessing it will jump up a little bit more.

We haven’t set out a rain gauge. We can measure it but as far as we are concerned it is just too wet and we really don’t want to know how much rain we have gotten. If we did have a rain gauge out it would have probably washed away by now anyway.

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Between the Rows: Slow planting progress

Andrew Armstrong – Clark County

We did get all of the burndown accomplished and the sprayers are cleaned out and ready for post- applications now. Some fields didn’t look too bad but we knew there were weeds sprouting out there that were going to give us a run for our money if we didn’t get them controlled in time.

Planters are unfolded, triple-checked and ready to roll. We are keeping an eye on the forecast for how much rain we are going to get and for how long. The forecast is changing to lesser amounts. We are thinking about putting seeds in the ground today if we don’t get any rain. There are a few places around that got some rain last night and early this morning. We are fortunate where we are right now. The fields we are interested in starting in are pretty dry.

There are a couple of guys who started yesterday or last night.

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2019 Between the Rows farmers gearing up for planting

Dylan Baer – Wood County

Most of our farm is in Wood County. We farm a little in Henry and Hancock counties. We grow wheat, corn, beans, and a bit of alfalfa. My dad is a seed dealer. We are delivering seed right now. I bale straw too.

On our farm we only plant enough wheat for what I’m going to bale. We have 220 acres of wheat this year. We had it planted in the first week of October and it looked good, not great, but good last fall. It is having a heck of a time greening up this spring. The green spots are starting to make the brown dead spots look bad. We like to topdress it in mid-April and the first chance we get we’ll get out there.

We actually finished up with harvest Oct. 25. We thought we’d have the month of November to finish up with tillage.

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