Tuesday’s cooler than normal temperatures greeted the crew of the Ohio Ag Net as they ventured to Clinton County for the second installment of the 2015 Feeding Farmers in the Field sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids. The week’s winners were Ellis Farms – a corn, soybean, and wheat operation unique in the fact that it is also a successful pheasant hunting preserve.
Scott and Matt Ellis lead the operation. Overall, the two said that rain would be very welcome and their planting season was quick. Now, the farm is attempting to catch up on spraying.
“April was cold and wet for us. A lot of people around here didn’t get in until the last week, right before the first of May,” said Scott Ellis. “Wheat in particular didn’t get in putting pre-plant ammonia on until about the 26th or 27th of April. Started planting corn around the first and second of May. Then, from there, it was really quick to get things done. About a week for planting corn, another week for planting beans – a couple weeks to be done with everything. Since then, right here we haven’t had any rain to speak of. We’re really dry and could use a little drink.
“Some of our corn has got some grass breaking through, so I think it didn’t get activated because of the dry weather without any showers to activate that. We’re starting our post-season right now,” said Scott. “We’re still looking decent for not having any moisture. It’s still early in the season though.”
Looking to harvest, the Ellises say they’re optimistic, but also realistic.
“I don’t think we’re looking at what we’ve had the past couple of years – we’ve been really fortunate. But with the markets down the way they are, we need to have a good crop like we’ve had the past couple of years,” he said. “All you can do is just sit back and let mother nature do what she can – nothing we can control about that.”
Matt Ellis says the crops are in a good place for now, but that it’s up to nature for the next part.
“The crops are so so. Our populations are there at least so now it’s up to mother nature,” Matt said. “I’ve been doing a lot of custom spraying since college and it’s always a challenge when you don’t get the rain. A lot of the 28 put on with the spray was gone. The activity of the chemicals didn’t happen so it’s a big post-season now and you’ve got to do things right with that.”
More on the operation as Dale Minyo interviews Matt Ellis below