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Final thoughts for 2019 from Between the Rows

Lamar Liming

I need more tile. That is a big takeaway from 2019. It was a trying year but we were better than a lot of places. We had one of our Pioneer varieties that really stood out on soybeans that we’ll be looking at more this fall.

The weed control we used worked well this year. So many people were having trouble but we had great weed control. We do a lot of tillage with pre-emerge on the corn and we use Roundup for soybeans. We like to chisel the corn stalks in the fall. We mow the stalks and chisel, then hit it with another pass in the spring.

Hay always seems to be a challenge. This summer was better than some because we got some heat and dry weather.

The soybeans were about what I thought they’d be going into it. They ended up below average, but they are what they are.

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Between the Rows farmers wrap up a challenging 2019

Nathan Brown

We are finished with soybeans and have not quite half of our corn left to shell yet. We’ve had a few breakdowns with the combine and we have a grain bin that needs to be finished and that is holding us up. In the neighborhood there are still quite a few guys trying to finish up. Some are really close and there are some with plenty of acres yet to cover.

The corn we have shelled so far has been in the 17% to 20% moisture range. We haven’t gotten into any really super high moisture corn, but it is still keeping the dryer running. Other than some coon and deer damage along the edges of the fields, the stalk quality seems to be holding in there pretty well. We did apply fungicides and that seems to have helped with plant health and standability.

It has been surprising how good the corn has been.

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Harvest moving forward for Between the Rows farmers

Nathan Brown

We are pretty well wrapped up with our soybeans. We have shelled a little bit of corn but we still have quite a ways to go with that.

Our beans were 8 to 10 bushels off of what they normally are. We did spray one or two fields with fungicide and those fields were yielding what we normally would see. So this may have been the year to spray fungicide and we suffered a little there.

There was some frogeye, but maybe more than anything the overall plant health may have been the benefit of the fungicide. I don’t know that it was any one disease, just the overall plant health.

The first soybeans we cut were on the dry side and the last load came out at 12.6% moisture. We’d cut soybeans for two days and then we’d sit for a week. The replants were planted the first part of July and didn’t come to maturity until the frost — that held us up.

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After a late start, harvest is underway throughout the state

Nathan Brown

We are a little better than 50% harvested on our soybeans. Now we are waiting on some more soybeans to ripen. We are hoping to get some wheat sowed today and do some fall burndown. We flew on some more cover crops yesterday into some standing corn, so it has been a busy few days.

We are extremely dry. The beans coming out of the field are around 10% moisture and we haven’t had any measurable rain for quite some time. The pastures and creeks are really starting to dry up on us now. With the cover crops we flew on a couple of weeks ago, we have a couple of fields where they germinated and came up. They aren’t really thick. We are hoping for a good rain over the weekend to get the rest of those cover crops up and germinated pretty quickly.

I am going to say we are probably 15 bushels off of our average with what we’ve cut so far.

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Not quite yet harvest time Between the Rows

Lamar Liming

There is no harvesting yet right around here. The beans are getting a lot closer, but I don’t think anyone around here has gotten started yet harvesting corn or soybeans. You could tell the warm weather really sped up bean development and leaves coming off. It has been in the high 80s and I think we were at 88 yesterday.

I am hoping to start chopping silage this week. A lot of people have been chopping corn. I have heard anywhere from the mid to high 60s for moisture in the corn. To the south, they haven’t gotten much rain down there and they are a lot further along than I am right here.

When I get going, I can do the silage in 3 or 4 days. After that, I don’t have any beans close yet for harvest. I think I am at least 2 to 3 weeks off on having beans ready.

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Between the Rows: Harvest around the corner for some, but still a ways off for others

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.

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Hoping for rain and heat units Between the Rows

Andrew Armstrong — Clark County

Our earliest corn planted in April was dented but not completely finished yet. Our last field is pollinated and moving forward. We have seen a little northern corn leaf blight but nothing too bad and nothing we are going to treat. Everything is pretty much far enough along to not treat.

Right now our harvest plan is to get our corn in as early as we can and as fast as we can. We are fortunate to have a grain drying system at our home farm and we are probably going to utilize that to its fullest potential this year. After walking some of the fields, some stalk quality is a little weaker and we want to prevent it from going over by getting it out as early as we can. We are going to give the beans all the time they need to keep growing.

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Rains now welcome Between the Rows

Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning County

We are in pretty good shape. We got 2 to almost 2.5 inches the beginning of last week in three different rains. We’re lucky there. It is supposed to rain a half-inch plus tomorrow and maybe some on Wednesday.

Pollination went fine and the corn is a good color. The conditions were pretty good through pollination. I replanted 10 acres and I don’t know if it will amount to anything, but otherwise corn looks good. The corn is about a month behind.

The soybeans are coming along pretty well. We got the late-planted beans sprayed. It was actually a little wet when we did it. Weed control looks good too. They are way behind but the look good.

We have found a little gray leaf spot in the corn but that is about it. We are not planning on applying fungicides.

I am hoping at the end of the week to dry bale and chop some of the late second cutting to wrap up second cutting hay.

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Conditions holding steady in late July Between the Rows

Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning County

We probably had about 4 inches last week and we are too wet again. We got the heat too. It was terrible. North of me about 25 miles they got 6 inches of rain around Kinsman in northern Trumbull County Saturday morning. It washed roads out. It was unbelievable.

Today is nice, about 65 degrees here now, but by the end of the week it is supposed to be right back up to 88 here. The humidity is just terrible. I’m surprised how the cows kept going really. It dinged production some but not like I thought. I don’t know how they hung in like they did in that heat.

We got some straw made. Wheat straw quality was good. We got the second crop hay made too. The second cutting was not anything special, about average. It was definitely better than the first cutting but the yield was not there.

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Conditions improving (finally) around Ohio

Nathan Brown — Highland County

We have missed some of the rains but you don’t have to go very far north, south or west of us and they have caught a lot of the rains. We have been fortunate enough to get some dry spells and get some work accomplished. We got the wheat all run and got the straw baled. We should finish sidedressing today and finish post- spraying the corn and I will start post- spraying beans today too.

I haven’t gone across the scales yet but we are figuring that we’ll have really close to 90-bushel wheat. I think spraying fungicide and all of the extra tings we try to do really paid off. We had really low vomitoxin levels. The test weight was pretty good and it was pretty well dry. I think the wettest we came out of the field was 14.5%. We just shipped it straight to town.

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Grim conditions from Between the Rows

Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning County

I am driving around checking fields right now. I am thinking about planting beans and sidedressing, but all it has done here is rain for the last two weeks. The last three days the sun came out and it did start to dry. I’ll plant beans up until the first week of July if I can.

There is a lot of stuff that hasn’t been sprayed around here. It has been tough to do anything. There are drowned out spots and a lack of oxygen for the plants in the fields. I think it might even be too wet for the disease problems.

For the area, I don’t think the prevented planting will be that much. More has been planted than not planted, but it is all over the board. I have heard guys talking about still planting corn yet this week if they can get it in.

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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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