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2019 Ohio Crop Tour

2019 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour summary

Since last fall, incessant wet weather plagued every sector of Ohio agriculture and made the planting season among the most difficult ever. Ohio’s staggering 1,485,919 acres of prevented planting ground sounds bad, but looked even worse when passing by on the 2019 I-75/I-71 Crop Tour sponsored by AgroLiquid. The many empty fields in the state served as a stark and sobering reminder of the challenging spring throughout Ohio, and especially in the northwest where no farm on the tour planted all of their intended corn acres. Sadly, in many cases, the fields that were planted were not much better off. Much of the corn in northern Ohio was a solid month behind developmentally, making yield estimates very difficult and not much more than educated guesses. Many planting dates north of I-70 were in June, which leaves a long road ahead for the corn crop that had not even finished pollinating.

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The 2019 Ohio Crop Tour – I-75 Leg – Day 2

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Greene County:

Corn: The plants were short with thin stalk and good nitrogen status. There was light gray leaf spot and some insect feeding on silks. We had pollinated kernels and unpollinated silks on the same ear, but also fresh silks. There was some yield variability because of the pollination challenges. We are guessing a yield of around 160.

Soybeans: The field was planted May 28. There was a lot of volunteer corn that had been sprayed and was dying. The canopy height was 32 inches. There were nodes around 2 inches apart. There was no disease pressure and minimal insect feeding. We counted, conservatively, 42 pods per plant in 30-inch row beans with a low population of 60,000.

Warren County

Corn: This corn was planted May 25 with small diameter stalks and a short hybrid. There was moderate disease pressure with gray leaf and some northern.

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The 2019 Ohio Crop Tour – I-71 Leg – Day 2

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Clinton County

Corn: The potential in this field is hurt with the amount of bird damage. Some GLS and NCLB. Nice ears with good kernel depth, though some tip back was occurring. The yield estimate came in at 149 bpa.

Soybeans: The eastern leg ended the tour in style when it came to soybeans – the nicest on the tour. Canopy height was at 27” and 2” between nodes. Absolutely no disease or insect pressure in field, plus the beans are heavily podded. The field came in as an excellent rating and is expected to yield 50-60 bpa with rain.

Highland County

Corn: This corn has a long way to go and not much time to get there. A unique piece to this field is every single stalk has two ears, and unfortunately, ear fill is just blistered. We are concerned as to whether or not the second ear will make it, and come harvest whether or not it will pass through the snapping rolls or end up in the grain tank.

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The 2019 Ohio Crop Tour – I-75 Leg – Day 1

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Van Wert County

Corn: This corn was planted June 4. It was pollinating. There were quite a few double ears and one plant with 4 ears. We saw some gray leaf spot. There was no insect pressure. The yield was 183 bushels. This was further along than most of the corn we’ve seen. They got most of their intended corn acres planted.

Soybeans: It looked like about 140,000 population. There was a rye cover crop in these beans after beans. There were some uneven spots in the 18-inch canopy. There were very few disease issues with a little frogeye and Septoria. This was the lowest insect feeding we have seen. The yield is maybe 40 or 45, which is among the better beans we’ve seen today.

Paulding County

Corn: The farmer made a late herbicide application that really cleaned up the field.

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The 2019 Ohio Crop Tour | I-71 Leg – Day 1

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Marion County

We have progressed back into an area of the state with considerably less prevented plant acres than our peak earlier today.

Corn: This field was planted in early June. 20-inch row corn with a population of about 35,000. Stress was evident – corn was planted wet and turned dry. The root system has recently taken off, but overall pretty compact. 177 bpa estimate.

Soybeans: We did not enter the bean field because the farmer had sprayed immediately before we arrived. The farmer commented he is rolling the dice that he can grow a crop. He thinks the potential is there. R2 at about a foot tall. A long, long way to go. Full of flea beetle and bean leaf beetle from the edge looking in.

Wyandot County

Not as much prevented plant acreage as we head from Wyandot into Marion County.

Corn: 178 bpa with an overall nice field.

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2019 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour preview

Wow! What a year it has been. The 2019 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by AgroLiquid Fertilizers promises to be the most interesting yet. With some of the worst planting conditions Ohio has ever seen — particularly in the northwest — we had to make some changes this year. Several of our usual stops in northwest Ohio did not even get any corn planted this year so our tour route will be significantly different than in the past. In addition, this is by far the latest crop we have ever sampled. Some of the earliest planted corn we will be sampling this year was planted in mid-May!

Because of the incredible number of prevented planting acres this year we will also be asking the farmers about the planting dates on the farm and if they got their intended corn acres planted in 2019. As always, the Tour will include two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on August 14 and 15.

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