With drier weather at the end of last week, Ohio farmers took advantage of the sunshine and heat and worked for hours on end spraying fields and planting corn. Typically most farmers would like to be done planting or nearly done planting by now, but they’ve adapted to changing weather patterns.
The wheat crop in Ohio seems to have suffered a little damaged in waterlogged areas. Some farmers are spraying fungicide in case the weather, which is now cold and wet, becomes hot and wet as the wheat is flowering, making it susceptible to diseases such as head scab and vomitoxin. Here are some updates from around the state.
Northeast Ohio: John Wallbrown, Deerfield, Ohio (Portage County)
We’re have planted about 20% corn and 20% beans. We don’t know if that 20% will make it or not. The weekend was very wet; we’re fully saturated since it rained all weekend. The wheat looks much worse than average — we’re waiting to put a nitrogen fertilizer on it — it’s very soggy. We’ve got a bad situation going on. How it’s going to shape up I don’t know.
With the forecast we’ll be pushing to get into the fields next Tuesday or Wednesday. We’re well behind schedule- not sure when we’ll get finished. I would be pretty confident that in my area not all the corn will be planted.
It might be a week-and-a-half before we can roll again if the future forecast doesn’t go down hill. We’re fortunate to be coming off a lot of good years, we’ve been very fortunate and we have crop insurance.
Northwest Ohio: Mark Wachtman, president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, Napoleon, Ohio (Henry County)
We’re about a third done with our corn planting, 10 to 15% done on soybeans. We’re not that worried about the weather right now because last year we planted on Memorial Day weekend because the whole month of May was wet. And, in checking my rain gauge, since Friday night we received 2.9 inches of rain that, for our part of the state, is average May rain fall.
We started planting corn last Wednesday … pushed hard and started planting beans Thursday afternoon. We ran the corn planter for four hours Thursday night and Friday morning … we ran it straight for 20 hours and were rained out by that evening.
Last year we were wet the whole month of May last year, too. Rained out last week of April and a lot of May.
With our wheat crop, the sunshine and warm weather last week the fields that were mediocre to okay perked up and looked good. The poorer fields got worse again – it just never got better when it warmed up. This year we’re going to see wheat yields all over the board from extremely well to very poor.
We aren’t yet concerned about mold and vomotoxins — the warmth makes it grow to have head scab. Right now it’s cold and wet – molds grow when it’s wet and the weather is hot. It becomes a big epidemic because wheat flowers in such a small time frame.
I’ve talked with a lot of growers in northwest Ohio. I’d say the average for my area is 25-30% on corn, some guys haven’t planted any beans yet.
Where do we go from here? It will be the first of next week getting back into the fields at the earliest. Cold and wet the rest of the week. High in the low 50s. Once weather clears up it’s 4 -5 days after that.
Southwest Ohio: Chad Kemp, Preble and Darke counties
We started planting last Wednesday afternoon and I planted 300 acres of corn and planted 50 acres of beans on Friday. We were rained out Friday evening and haven’t been able to get back in the fields since then.
We have 80 acres of wheat and sprayed fungicide 600 acres of wheat on Wednesday. We’ve seen a little bit of loss from high waters pushing traction and there is a little bit of fungus so we sprayed with fungicide. It all depends on the weather and we won’t have the vomitoxin.
We’re all in the same boat, doesn’t matter where you live. Tiles that we put in place last year have made a difference. You always worry about it. It is what it its. We’ve shown in years that we can do it.
North Central Ohio: Richard Harer, Bloomville, Ohio (Crawford County)
The land in this area is in so-so shape. Most of the worries are due to the decrease in yield that is traditionally present with late planting.
Central Ohio: Brent Hostetler, Madison County
Last week I got a little spraying. Friday night I planted 22.5 acres and planned on planting 850 acres of corn and that’s all that I have done. I was planning on planting more but the rain came on Saturday. Very few around here have anything done. I’m planning on applying a fungicide application to my 115 acres of wheat.