2016 Between the Rows


  • Jeremy Goyings

    We are down to the last 80 acres for strip-till. It seems like the later we go the nicer it gets. We’ve got some gorgeous strips we have made in the last week or so. The nice weather is making us want to do more work. I think we are going to throw the tile wheel back on the tractor and try to take advantage of some more nice weather. It looks like it may turn cold but we’ll stay dry so we could maybe get in another 40 or 80 acres of tile. We’ll also do a little bit of touching up on some corn stalks if we have fields that are rough from recent tile projects to level things with some light tillage.

    We sprayed the majority of our acres in the fall this year. We are moving more towards that. We haven’t been getting the good control with perennials by just spraying in the spring. We did the majority of our bean stubble and wheat stubble acres with either Roundup or Roundup and Brash to try and tackle some thistle and some dandelion issues to keep them at bay. It seems hard to kill those in the spring.

    We stick to a pretty locked-in rotation and don’t let the market dictate us. We try not to adjust the rotation based on markets because by the time you harvest it, the markets may have moved the other way on you anyway.

    We have locked in some basis for spring delivery but we have done very little locking in of actual price. We will probably do the majority of that from February to May on our 2016 production.

    I am kind of ready for snow so I can call it a year.

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  • Mike Lutmer

    I was wanting to finish beans last week and then a few things came up, we got a shower and we switched over to corn for a few days. Then we bounced back to beans and it looks like everything should be done before Thanksgiving — knock on wood. The corn yields have been average, not great. The last field I planted was around 18.5% moisture and was yielding in the 150s or so. On that side of town we didn’t have a lot of water. I was really concerned about one field and it only ran 115, but it didn’t have the water. I thought corn yields would be a little higher than we have seen but the beans were above my expectations.

    We had a field of beans at my brother’s that was pushing an 80-bushel average. I thought bean yields would be lower and I have been pleasantly surprised. Is it going to make up for the corn yields being lower? More than likely not.

    The corn price in the mid $3-range is not a good situation no matter what the yields are. If you can put it in the bin and sit on it I think that may help. We did some more contracting with beans. We are just trying not to overextend ourselves, try to hedge a little bit and take it day by day.

    We talked about doing some fall spraying and we have some ripping to do. We have had beautiful weather, but it sounds like a drastic change is coming. We’ll have to get everything winterized.

    All the wheat that we planted looks good. I don’t think there is a lot of wheat planted in the state. There was a good amount last year and a lot of straw baled and it will be interesting this next year.

    We couldn’t have asked for any better weather this fall.

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  • Jevon Rockwell

    We finished up with tillage this past Monday. Really everything went pretty well. The nice weather, with sunshine and the wind has really dried it off and I think we did a nice job with the tillage. There for a little while it was starting to get a little wet but it stayed pretty dry down deep. Now we are cleaning up equipment and putting it away. We have some brush piles to clean up that we piled in the summer time. We have a little trucking to do but we are winding down now.

    We had 75% to 80% of our soybeans sold earlier in the summer and we did alright with those. We delayed priced a lot of corn. We stored the corn we could fit with hopes of seeing the breakeven price, which we have not seen yet. We are holding off on pricing any corn yet.

    The corn yield was not as bad as expected but it could have been a lot better. There is a lot of corn out there, but I think there is hope of it creeping up a little bit moving forward. We marketed soybeans early and had good contracts and good yields.

    We have had good luck with beans back to beans. Next year, some farms we have will be five years in beans. It seems like if you switch up the varieties a little bit you do alright. This year we didn’t see any yield lag for the four years of beans we’ve had.

     

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    I am still spreading lime for some of the neighbors. We got most of the dry fertilizer spread on our ground and we have been doing some tillage. Some fields we are chiseling, some we are running a no-till ripper and other fields we are running vertical tillage on corn stalks.  We just finished spraying yesterday on just about all of our acres. We have had good weather to get it done.

    We spread rye on with the spreader and worked it in after wheat for a cover crop. We’d like to get some straw off of it next year. Time will tell how that will work but we got a good start with it this fall.

    Marketing will be an issue with these prices, but luckily we at least have a good crop to market.  In 2017 we’ll probably just stick with our normal rotation. I can’t see where one crop would outweigh the other. There is a lot of demand for both crops out there, but we have big crops of both so any way we can get trade working for us it would really help. The Trans Pacific Partnership doesn’t look like it is going anywhere. Maybe we can come up with better trade deal down the road.

    We are hoping to finish tillage this weekend and maybe start on drainage tile after that. I have a week or so of lime left to spread, but the supply around here is running out.

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Jevon Rockwell, Nov. 17

We finished up with tillage this past Monday. Really everything went pretty well. The nice weather, with sunshine and the wind has really dried it off and I think we did a nice job with the tillage. There for a little while it was starting to get a little wet but it stayed pretty dry [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, Nov. 17

We are down to the last 80 acres for strip-till. It seems like the later we go the nicer it gets. We’ve got some gorgeous strips we have made in the last week or so. The nice weather is making us want to do more work. I think we are going to throw the tile [...]

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Mike Lutmer, Nov. 17

I was wanting to finish beans last week and then a few things came up, we got a shower and we switched over to corn for a few days. Then we bounced back to beans and it looks like everything should be done before Thanksgiving — knock on wood. The corn yields have been average, [...]

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Jon Miller, Nov. 17

I am still spreading lime for some of the neighbors. We got most of the dry fertilizer spread on our ground and we have been doing some tillage. Some fields we are chiseling, some we are running a no-till ripper and other fields we are running vertical tillage on corn stalks.  We just finished spraying [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, Nov. 7

We finished corn about a week go. We finished all of the double-crop beans but 160 acres. We got rained out last week and we haven’t been able to get back into them. The corn was kind of like we expected. It had about the highest variability we’ve ever had on our corn crop. We [...]

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Mike Lutmer, Nov. 7

We will hopefully finish beans by the end of the week. They have been averaging right around 50, maybe a little better. I’ve had a few fields where I was pleasantly surprised with the beans. They were a little spotty when they came up last spring but as a whole I can’t complain. We ran [...]

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Jon Miller, Nov. 7

We finished on Wednesday evening with the double-crops. They did extremely well. They were short but they still had a lot of beans on them. They were in the mid-40s over 300-some acres of double-crops. Even some of the beans we planted July 18 still made it in the upper 30s. On our first field [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, Nov. 7

Harvest is done. We finished last Wednesday. Corn was from about 130 to our best was 175 or 180 bushels. It wasn’t as bad as we thought it could be but wasn’t what we were expecting either. We’ve never had corn yield as low as it was across the board this year and that was [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, Oct. 24

We had two inches of rain on Thursday so we were out of the fields this weekend but this morning I am back to shelling. The ground is a little wet today so we can’t run our strip-tiller yet. We need to get it running around the clock because they are calling for rain again [...]

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Jon Miller, Oct. 24

We just got back into shelling corn yesterday. We had a little over two inches of rain of Thursday and Friday and that slowed us up for a couple of days. It sounds like another chance of rain on Wednesday night. We are done with beans, except for the double-crop beans. The beans did pretty [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, Oct. 24

We finished beans about a week and a half ago. Across our acres we had a 68-bushel yield average, which is the best soybean crop we have ever had. We did harvest 300 acres for our neighbor and they had one field that beat our best 84-bushel field with an 85-bushel yield average on 30-acre [...]

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Mike Lutmer, Oct. 24

We are not quite half done. Some guys are done, but since we got started so late planting we are only about half done with harvest. We have been mostly in the beans. Some of them have green stem and some are actually starting to pop out of the pods. I didn’t think we’d have [...]

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Mike Lutmer, Oct. 10

We are just really getting started today. We didn’t start planting until late May and things are just now ready. I have some corn about 20% and beans still have pretty green stems and are at 13% or 14%. We did some tests and that is about it for harvest so far. We really haven’t [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, Oct 10

We’ve been really moving along now. We have 800 acres of beans off. The first beans we cut were in the mid-40 range and those were our worst. Since then we have been in the mid-60 range and we did have a 45-acre field average 84 bushels and those were weighed across the scale. In [...]

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Jon Miller, Oct. 10

We got about half of the wheat planted and we have been running beans since we switched from corn. The yields have been from the low 60s up to the low 80s. Those highs have been some of the best beans we’ve ever had. They are all non-GM beans and with the premium we can [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, Oct. 10

We have had nice weather and have been getting a lot of work one. I am on a parts run this morning. We started on Wednesday and we’ve got about 500 acres of beans off now and we are over halfway with getting wheat in the ground. It has been slow going in some places [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, Sept. 26

We had almost a half-inch of rain this morning and it is raining right now. When you get a dry summer it always seems like fall evens it out. Quite a few of our neighbors have been cutting beans and we cut beans last Thursday. We cut about 80 acres and they were in the [...]

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Mike Lutmer, Sept. 26

We are unloading hay and trying to beat the rain. We have not gotten into any corn or bean harvest. We did some scouting and found some Diplodia in the corn. I am a little concerned but we’ll have to wait to get into the crop to see how big of an issue it will [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, Sept. 26

We were hoping to get to beans the middle of the week here. We have one variety ready but it depends on what these rains do now. We had two or three tenths overnight and this morning t is still drizzling. It is a typically droughty summer with a wet fall so far. We did [...]

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Jon Miller, Sept. 26

We have been running corn pretty much every day. We are two-thirds done with corn and in another five or six good days we could have all of our corn off. The stalk quality depends on the variety. Certain varieties are weathering the stress of the year better. We don’t want to leave it stand [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, Sept. 12

We got an inch and two-tenths this last rain, which was the most rain we’ve had in a long time. It will help the double-crop beans a lot. The first planted beans I don’t think it will help much. Most of the corn is already made but it hasn’t black-layered yet so it is still [...]

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Mike Lutmer, Sept. 12

We’ve had a little too much rain. I have been trying to get some hay made and it has not been fun. Our third cutting looks really good and we have had enough rain for it to grow but our days are getting shorter and it has cooled down. The rains haven’t left much of [...]

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Jon Miller, Sept. 12

We ran a little on Thursday and got rain on Friday. We had a pretty good day on Saturday before a rain came through in the evening. The good ground has good yields, but the soil types have made a huge difference so far. The lighter soils really took a hit with the stretch of [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, Sept. 12

Yesterday and Saturday we had three tenths, but to be honest we’d just as soon not see any rain now. It is not wet now but we’d like to see a dry fall where we don’t have to worry about compaction and so we can do a good job of tillage. The rain will still [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, Aug. 29

We have gotten little bit of rain but it has been awfully spotty. We got just over an inch and a half in August. If you go to the north edge or the south edge of our farm it has been more like a half-inch or three-quarters. Last week there were tornadoes about three miles [...]

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Mike Lutmer, Aug. 29

I really can’t complain. The crops look pretty good. I checked some beans yesterday and they are blooming and still putting on pods. There was some corn that got pretty dry and it may be too late for that but I am hoping that we will be a little above average on yields this year. [...]

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Jon Miller, Aug. 29

The rains were a savior on the beans and sure didn’t hurt the corn. The last couple of days there were some pop-up storms in the area. We got a lot of wind but not any moisture. Corn lost some top-end from the dry conditions and we noticed that the dry spell may have hurt [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, Aug. 29

Last night we had some storms come through. We lost power for three or four hours but we got six tenths out of it. We got a nice shot of rain. In the last three weeks we got 1.2 inches in one storm and then another three tenths after that and then six tenths in [...]

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Mike Lutmer, Aug. 8

We are very, very dry. The corn is rolled at the moment and the beans are starting to wilt. I am pretty concerned. Out in Hillsboro it has been wet. We had a two-inch rain where we farm over there and then another three inches within seven to 10 days. Here in the past month [...]

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Jon Miller, Aug. 8

We haven’t really had any rain to speak of in the last two weeks and with the heat things are looking sad. We lost some top end off of the corn. It is aborting kernels on the tips of the ears now. It sounds like there is a chance of rain this week. We have [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, Aug. 8

At the farm, we had two tenths last week and that is it. Some of our southwest fields had as much as six tenths. We haven’t gotten anything else. Just a few miles north of us they had an inch and a half. It just missed us. We have only gotten six or seven tenths [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, Aug 8

I would say we have not been this dry in 10 years. We had two tenths last Friday from a really quick shower and that was all we have had in the last two weeks and we’ve had less than a half-inch in the last month. And it has been so hot every day. It [...]

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Mike Lutmer, July 25

It has been hot and steamy. We just baled some hay the other day and it had only laid two days and baled just fine. The ground where we are baling is really dry. West of us has gotten rain, south of us has gotten rain and we haven’t had any more than a few [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, July 25

We are really dry. We got two tenths of rain the end of last week on the majority of our acres and some parts of the farm got less. That is about all of the rain we have had for a couple of weeks now. We are maybe 75% tasseled now. The vast majority of [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, July 25

The rains have been splitting. They go out over the lake or they head down to Columbus. We finally got some rain yesterday. We had four tenths and we are still dry. It made a little difference but it didn’t go down very far. Our corn is definitely starting to show the dry conditions. It [...]

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Jon Miller, July 25

Last Friday we got anywhere from a quarter to a little over a half inch on most of our fields. And the Monday before that we had about a half-inch also. Moisture-wise I think we have been some of the luckier ones in the state. Things really look just about as good as we could [...]

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Great wheat yields, but rain needed Between the Rows

We had an excellent wheat year. Most fields went in the 90s. One field was as high as 115 and our lowest was 73 bushels. We felt pretty good about the whole range. We used a different herbicide for broadleaf control on the 73-bushel field. It was supposed to be safe but we feel like [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, July 11

The inter-seeded beans are struggling in the wheat ground. We are so dry and we need a rain badly. Wheat yields were excellent, though. In our 15-inch row wheat, it was the best yields we have ever had. Our low was 80 and our high was 97 bushels an acre and we were very pleased [...]

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Mike Lutmer, July 11

I am getting ready to jump in the hay rake and rake 40 acres or so, then go bale up some straw, then go bale some hay. We’ve got some second cutting getting hay ready to cut that looks beautiful. We are all done with wheat. We had some wheat that ran 90 bushels an [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, July 11

We had an excellent wheat year. Most fields went in the 90s. One field was as high as 115 and our lowest was 73 bushels. We felt pretty good about the whole range. We used a different herbicide for broadleaf control on the 73-bushel field. It was supposed to be safe but we feel like [...]

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Jon Miller, July 11

Basically the last two weeks straw has been my life. We finished harvesting wheat July 2 or so and the yield and quality were good. Overall the wheat yielded right around 100 bushels. We have had some fields do really well before, but for the total wheat acreage I would say this is one of [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, June 27

We had 2.9 inches right at the farm last week and to the south we got 2.25. North or south from either of those two points the rain total started to drop pretty fast. The vast majority of our acres had right around three inches. We probably lost an inch of that either running off the [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, June 27

We have not cut any wheat yet. I am guessing we will start the end of this week. The kernels are still a little soft yet. The quality looks good. The heads aren’t really big but there are a lot out there. The yield looks to be average to above average. The inter-seeded beans have [...]

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Mike Lutmer, June 27

We finished up with planting beans last week and corn has been done since the first week of June. We have some double-crops to put in yet but that is it. The last stuff I planted was all no-till to conserve moisture. We could really use another inch of rain and the ground would soak [...]

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Jon Miller, June 27

We are about half done harvesting the wheat. The first 80 acres of wheat we did was extremely wet but we ran it anyway. It seems like that freeze in May maybe affected how it matured but didn’t really affect the yield. We had some a little above 30% moisture. Most of it ran between [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, June 13

It is a nice morning, but it would be a lot nicer if we had a little bit of rain. We are in dire need here of some rain pretty quick. A week ago Saturday we had seven tenths and that didn’t even fill the cracks. We were back in the field putting on anhydrous [...]

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Mike Lutmer, June 13

I am going to finish up corn today. It is a little later than I’d like, but the ground is right and I don’t have very much left. I am a little concerned about planting this late but it is a 104-day hybrid and as long as we don’t have a super early frost I [...]

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Jon Miller, June 13

We sprayed the last field of corn so that is done. We do have some 360 Y-Drops for our sprayer and we have a couple of fields that we may go back in and add N later. We are going to test to see if we need to put more N on. We did not [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, June 13

We got corn planting finished a week before the end of May. Then we finished soybeans three days later. We went right from planting the first crop soybeans to planting the interseeded beans on Memorial Day weekend. We finished planting those the third or fourth of June. We are probably looking at a July 4 [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, May 23

It is beautiful and sunny here. We had an excellent week. We started planting again on Thursday and we finished planting corn on Saturday late afternoon. We should finish beans today. I am planting right now and we had about 290 acres to go when I started this morning. The soil moisture has been perfect [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, May 23

We started planting last Thursday and then we got some rain over the weekend. We only got a quarter inch so it wasn’t too much. We’re about three-quarters done with the corn now and about half done with the beans, so we have made some good progress. Out of the first 400 acres that we [...]

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Jon Miller, May 23

We got anywhere from a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain on Friday night and Saturday. Yesterday, the wind blowing really helped dry things out. I think we can finish beans tomorrow. We hope then we can finish our last field of corn on Wednesday before the next rain. The wheat has some [...]

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Mike Lutmer, May 23

We’re enjoying the sunshine today. I got some fertilizer spread on Friday and it was just dry enough to where we could get in the field and it rained again. Some places got .4-inch and some places got .9-inch, so we’re still wet. I am hoping I can be back in the field tomorrow afternoon. [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, May 9

It is not raining, but it looks like it might and it is kind of chilly. It looks like we may get an inch this week. We have not done a single thing in the last two weeks. We do have some corn that is spiking through. Our big concern right now is that some [...]

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Mike Lutmer, May 9

We’re soggy. It’s raining. I actually got some ground worked as I was planning on getting out today but that is not going to happen. We still do not have anything in the ground. I am definitely getting a little worried. We are just about halfway through May with nothing in the ground, but I [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, May 9

I am actually in a sprayer right now spraying a field we just got done planting. There is some drizzle moving in so I think we will be done for a little while anyway. We got about a third of the corn in prior to today. We hadn’t run for about a week and a [...]

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Jon Miller, May 9

We didn’t make a lot of progress in the last two weeks. We were able to plant beans for a couple days on Friday and Saturday. We ran out of dry dirt to plant. We were hoping to wake up this morning and hit it hard again, but we woke up to rain. We had [...]

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Jon Miller, April 25

After today we should be close to 90% of our corn planted and maybe 25% of our beans planted. We are ahead of the majority of our neighbors. I farm with my grandfather Max, my dad David, my uncle Jim, and my two cousins. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat and have a custom application [...]

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Jevon Rockwell, April 25

We have about 300 acres of corn and 100 acres of beans in. We started on April 20 with corn and the 21st with beans. It is actually a little wet and the soil temperature is still pretty cold, which is why we have held off on planting progress. It was a really mild winter. [...]

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Mike Lutmer, April 25

My twin brother Chris and I run the farming operation along with a trucking operation for mostly agricultural commodities. We help our parents too and they run a few hundred acres. The combination is right around 1,000 acres with corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. We have around 100 acres of wheat and around 200 acres [...]

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Jeremy Goyings, April 25

We’ve been waiting on some warm temperatures. We haven’t put anything in the ground yet. We may fire up today and plant some on the west side of the county. We go about border to border in Paulding County with about 3,500 acres with my dad in a partnership. We have all corn, beans and [...]

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