Tom Yuhasz

Tom Yuhasz, 2014 wrap up

We’ve discussed planting all corn next year. I don’t think we’ll do that, but I don’t think the corn crop is as big as they say it is in our area. There were a lot of bean acres out there this year and this area may end up corn deficient by next fall. We may plant some early corn to take advantage of that. We planted all beans this year and you can’t blame the varieties for not performing under the conditions we had this season.

We are planting some more food grade beans for tofu next year. This was our first year growing them. It is a big bushy bean and on some of our better soils we may go with 30-inch rows and space them out a little more. The food grade yields were as good or better than some of our Roundup varieties, which I was pleased with.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Nov. 24

All of the snow is gone again. We had some bizarre blizzard weather there for a while, but it is around 60 degrees here today.

Overall corn harvest is pretty well completed around here, but there is still a little out there. We’re having a little run of corn this morning at the elevator. The later planted beans got hit with all of that water and they weren’t very good. The corn yield suffered from hybrid selection decisions about planting later corn. We are seeing lower test weights in the later corn too.

I think yields were a little bit below average, but not far below. We saw a variety of diseases that we don’t always see in this area. We haven’t had any problems with marestail and we are starting to see that floating around the edges of the fields.

I think for sure we are between the 150- and 200-bushel range for corn in this area, probably around 175 bushels.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Nov. 10

We should be done with beans today, which I am happy about. We don’t have any corn, so we’ll be finished with harvest. We have about 150 acres left. We had some of this stuff that was planted late, replanted, got rained on and got replanted again. So, we had a couple of fields that didn’t make you feel good to be out there. There is no white mold in these late fields, just no beans. That’s bad. Our yields should be right about the national average, probably in the high 40s.

We are done with harvesting the food grade beans and they actually yielded better than the Roundup Ready beans. We really didn’t have any weed issues with either one. That food grade bean is a robust, big bean.

At the elevator we are seeing that the beans are just about done in this area. They are just getting into corn really well now.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Oct. 27

The bean harvest is probably 50% or 60% done. Some of the fields that got white mold are not doing so well, but the good fields that did not get it are in the 60s or maybe bumping 70 bushels.

Our food grades are yielding well too, but we had one field almost completely wiped out. We are down to the last third of our harvest, but it has been slow up until the last three or four days. We have had bean moistures from 27% on down to 11%.

The fields with white mold will drop down to 15 or 20 bushels. The stems are rotten and if the dust is blowing the wrong way you can’t see the machines out in the fields. There is something you can spray to neutralize that spores and we are going to try that. I think the problem is more about planting dates and when the flower was in bloom and conditions were right.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Oct. 6

Harvest is just getting started. We did some test cuts late last week and got a semi load. The food grades are still a little wet. They were 15% and 16% moisture and they need to be 13% or 14%. They are getting close and now I am going to check some of the first field we planted.

There has been no frost in the area yet. One farmer up here is two or three weeks ahead of everyone and they have been hitting it hard. At the elevator we have taken in around 15,000 or 20,000 bushels from this area. There are some 30-inch row beans cut and those fields looked pretty good. There have been soybean yields from 35 to 65 bushels with an average in the 45- to 50-bushel range based on the early indications. Everybody has their own special field they always harvest first that did the best and that is the only one they want to talk about.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Sept. 22

People are up in arms over this CAUV issue around here. I have landowners that I rent from wanting to sell their farms because they can’t afford the taxes. On some farms the CAUV value is higher than the real value of the land.

I don’t see the bean harvest going strong until maybe late October. These beans are a ways off. We just have not had the heat. It has been a cold year. It has been on the cold side. I have never seen the rain like we have had it this year. We were able to plant 50 acres of wheat after wheat.

The only thing that has been done around here with harvest is chopping some corn and that started last week. We have seen some SDS, some brown stem rot and some white mold. We also saw a late infestation of aphids and we will have to watch closely for them early next year.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Sept. 8

We still have not ever really dried out, but crops look pretty good for the conditions. We got a little bit of heat to push things along. It got hot last week. It was in the 80s and 90s. It was probably the hottest week of the year. We are seeing some brown stem rot, which is not usually a problem, and some white mold issues that may have some yield impact, though it is still a little early to tell.

We still have some pretty green fields. We may have some ready by the end of the month. The corn is looking pretty good in this area but I think yields will be below average. There has just been too much water. There are some spectacular-looking fields of corn around here, but you don’t know how they will produce.

We have been considering planting wheat after wheat just to get some wheat in because these beans are going to be so late this year.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Aug. 25

We are on the wetter side — that is for sure. We could go a week with no rain. We have not had any dry weather this year. We have ground that we have tried to get on and we still can’t get in the fields. It has been the fewest days of being able to get in the fields to work of any year I can ever remember. If you look at the jet stream on the map you can see why we are getting so much rain.

We’ve got soybeans that are a foot high on up to waist high. Some are podded and some are still in bloom. The crop is all over. The corn crop has made some real progress. There is some corn in the area starting to dent. There are some fields in this area that I would have disked under that are looking pretty good now.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Aug. 11

There are some guys west of us who haven’t had rain for five weeks. They are late planted and they are not too happy about it. We are probably in pretty good shape here now that the crop is going. We have had continuous rains this season. I don’t know how some of these plants can handle all of this water, but they are and I think we can have respectable yields.

I’m pretty impressed with the pod set on the food grade beans. We have a lot of beans that need a lot more time, but things are looking pretty good. But every time I say that we get another five days of rain so I don’t want to be over confident in this crop.

I am surprised about some of the corn in the area that I would have put a disk to, but they put some extra nitrogen on and it looks OK.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula County, July 21

The beans are coming along, but we still have a few fields that are wet and looking a little yellow. Overall most things are looking pretty good, though.

We would work a day in the field for wheat harvest and get a rain and have to wait, but wheat harvest is just about done. We had some really good fields and some fields that should have been planted to another crop. The yield range was anywhere from 20 on up to 85 or 90 bushels. Thank goodness for the crop insurance. We are going to sell some straw so it will work out OK. We are going to round bale quite a bit of it and do some big square bales.

The crops are looking pretty good up here now and things have improved quite a bit. It is supposed to be warm this week and we need some heat. The corn around here started pollination last week.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula County, July 7

I have never been on such a roller coaster. It finally looks like it is going to turn nice and then we get five inches of rain. Every two days it seems like we get another inch or so. Everything is struggling except the early crops planted on sand that you usually worry about burning up. Those fields look spectacular.

We’re going to take 250 acres of prevented planting. I had the equipment sitting in the same fields for two weeks. I go out and make a round and it is just way too wet. It is just one of those tough years. It just makes you sick. I guess things are pretty bad down around Wooster too.

It is not a pretty picture. Soybeans were so yellow that they looked like celery. They seemed to green up a little. The beans have been hugging the ground. We are just now getting some fields that are shading the rows.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula Co., June 23

Some of the corn fields around here might have been affected by some black cutworm. There were some fields that probably needed to be sprayed but it has been so wet that it probably couldn’t be done anyway.

We got a five-inch rain late last week, Thursday I think. We had some hail too, but it did not really cause much damage around here.

The later beans are really coming up. Where we replanted, we had some volunteer beans, and they are the same size as the replanted beans, so we didn’t really gain anything by being out there early.

Wheat harvest is still two weeks out. It is starting to yellow. I think we are probably going to see yields in the 50- to 70-bushel range. The rain and hail really didn’t affect the wheat too much. It was still green.

We’re going to try to finish our last bean planting today.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula Co., June 9

We have finally made really good progress. We are 95% done up here. The last week of May and the first week of June were good. We had to replant all of our food grade beans because of pests. It was close to 400 acres. We ran the Turbo-Till in front of the planter and it worked well.

We opted out of the corn this year. With the acres we had to cover as the spring got later, we thought by the time we got the corn planted we may as well just plant beans. We decided to shoot for a good bean yield verses a marginal corn yield. We had planned on planting 1,200 to 1,500 acres of corn and we sent it all back. Why risk a poor corn crop when you can grow a good bean crop?

How can they predict a 15-billion bushel crop when it’s only two inches high?… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula Co., June 9

We have finally made really good progress. We are 95% done up here. The last week of May and the first week of June were good. We had to replant all of our food grade beans because of pests. It was close to 400 acres. We ran the Turbo-Till in front of the planter and it worked well.

We opted out of the corn this year. With the acres we had to cover as the spring got later, we thought by the time we got the corn planted we may as well just plant beans. We decided to shoot for a good bean yield verses a marginal corn yield. We had planned on planting 1,200 to 1,500 acres of corn and we sent it all back. Why risk a poor corn crop when you can grow a good bean crop?

How can they predict a 15-billion bushel crop when it’s only two inches high?… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula County, May 23

It is a little chilly and progression has come to a halt. We got slammed with rain. I can’t tell you a total but we had days where it was three inches at a time over the last couple of weeks. It rained every day until yesterday.

Guys with sandier soils have fared fairly well. Stands of corn in heavier soils are thinned out. Our beans are just now popping through. If it would have gotten hot and dry after all that rain, it would not have been good. It would have baked it. But we could sure use some heat. We have been getting up in the 70s some but it is cold today. We are probably not going to be warming up until summer gets here.

There has been very little done in the last two weeks. There have been a lot of guys already exchanging longer season corn for shorter season.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula County, May 12

The rains kind of went around us. We just got enough to settle the dust. We are getting our little window of opportunity. Quite a few corn and bean fields have gone in around here. Some guys are finishing up with their corn already since they got started Tuesday or Wednesday of last week. We just got started planting yesterday. There are still some wet spots out there but this time of year you just go around them. I would say 98% of our fields are farmable now.

This is late for us. We have been starting with planting in late April in the last few years and guys are getting nervous. We just need more sun and more wind, but it looks like we will be in the upper 50s for the highs at the end of the week. We missed a big rain this morning that went to the south.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, April 21

I just drove through Amish country and it looks like they got some oats in and some plowing done. The only thing we have gotten done is a little topdressing on wheat. We’re going to be doing some burndown spraying today.

It is the opening day for bringing some of our stuff out and you never know what gremlins worked on it over the winter, especially this winter. The weeds are just coming on. Overall, the fields are just starting to show a light cast of green like there is some sprouting going on.

An old timer just told me that your soil temperature in this area is just about the same as the temperature of Lake Erie, and Lake Erie is between 35 and 40 degrees. So, we should be with soil temperatures somewhere in the 40s.

I made a couple of passes in the field yesterday after Easter dinner and it was looking pretty good.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula and Trumbull counties, April 7

We’re a ways off from doing anything. We are wet and cold. The ice on Lake Erie is breaking up a little bit, but it is still probably 60% or 70% frozen. If we get three or four 80-degree days, that ice can melt off pretty fast.

I can’t remember when we had a year with this much ice. We will probably be 10 to 15 days later than normal because of it. We usually get a good week in late April or early May, but it could be late May this year.

It froze, so we were topdressing some wheat last week. Then it got too wet to even do that. We’ll have to wait until it warms up to finish topdressing the wheat.

We just got an inch or an inch and a half of rain. We’ll have some drowned spots with the wheat, but overall I think it will be pretty good.… Continue reading

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Tom Yuhasz

We grew up farming and now my sons and brother’s boys are farming with us. We have a little grain elevator — Colebrook Elevator. My brother and I started it with another gentleman. That was back in 1986 and the government was looking for housing for corn. We built four bins and got started, and it just progressed from government storage to a grain elevator.

We grow food grade soybeans for tofu, and we grow some Roundup Readys for commercial use too. We grow corn and wheat too in our rotation.

We are discussing topdressing wheat maybe tomorrow. We’re going to put some dry fertilizer on early and come back with liquid later in May. Wheat is looking tough, but I think it will come out of it.
This winter has been a tough one. It is usually a late spring when we have the Lake frozen over like it is.… Continue reading

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