2017 Between the Rows


  • Glen Newcomer

    We have not been receiving significant rains in northwest Ohio. We are very dry and are in great need of rain. Hopefully this week we will get some. When you look at crop development most of our corn is in the R3 to R4 stage or almost ready to dent. The replant corn is of the greatest concern because the corn that was planted in early June is still pollinating. With the combination of heat and dry weather, the prospect for a normal crop on those acres is diminishing each day.

    So far in the month of August, we have only received a quarter inch of rain. Even though that is still better than nothing, we are getting dry very quickly.

    In regards to the soybeans, they continue to develop and progress but we have the same concerns as we do with the corn. The late replanted soybeans are shorter in stature and they also need rain to develop and mature. I believe we still have enough time in August and September for those acres to be very productive, but unless we get rain, the yield of those acres will be reduced.

    When you look at the potential for soybeans to retain and fill pods, we will be very dependent on rains in the next two weeks for normal crop development. For the year, our soybeans are weed free and leaf diseases are minimal. We treated most of our acres with foliar fertilizer, fungicide and insecticide. We also treated a majority of our corn acres with fungicides. We always want to be proactive in addressing those potential problems.

    As far as insects in the soybean crop, Japanese beetles were the predominate insect we were dealing with several weeks ago. Since we applied insecticide we really don’t have any insect issues now. I have not seen any aphids in the soybeans. Spider mites not will become an issue unless it continues to get drier. For the most part, the insects are controlled, the soybean pods are not being aborted, and we’re basically just waiting for rain.

    I believe the early-planted crops will have exceptional yield potential. I hope to have normal yields from the crops planted in May. The verdict is still out for our crops re-planted in June. At the end of the season I hope we can achieve an average crop. Only time will tell.

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  • Brandon Monebrake

    We’d really like to have some rain. We’ve been dry for about three weeks. We had a tenth of an inch the last week of July and that’s it. The beans need rain badly right now. The corn is starting to fire up in some places. One of our corn varieties has some southern rust but we are going to take a chance on it and not spray because of how late it is. It is not that bad but you can find it. It could be a 10-bushel loss potentially and if it is really bad it could be 20 bushels. It is not that bad though. We’re just going with it. The rust is much worse in some of the neighboring corn fields. The neighbor has sprayed all of his corn locally because it was much worse there than we found in our corn.

    I think we’ll be alright on corn. Beans, though, need some rain. The leaves are starting to roll up next to the house in the beans. They still have a good color and they are standing good but they look like they are starting to dry up. It has been three weeks since we’ve had a good measurable rain.

    We haven’t seen many Japanese beetles and we haven’t seen damage from them yet. Over towards Greenville, though, we heard that the leaves have been covered in some fields but they haven’t been doing much damage yet.

    It is supposed to rain this coming weekend, but it was supposed to rain this last weekend too and it didn’t. We have been missing the rains and we could definitely use some moisture to help with these beans.

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  • Ben Klick

    We aren’t dry but we are drier. We’re back to getting a couple of tenths of rain instead of getting a couple of inches of rain. That makes things more manageable.

    We got a quarter inch of rain on Friday and that perked up the double-crop beans especially. We are very pleased with how things came out of this spring and crops are looking pretty good so far. If we can keep moisture for August and September I think we’ll be alright. We’re kind of hoping for a little more heat now.

    Once we finally got the second crop of hay done, the third crop is coming really nice. We still have a second cutting of grass hay to make, but we usually only get a couple of cuttings out of that anyway. We are more flexible finally on the hay situation. Now we’re focused on side projects, moving cattle, moving manure and all that stuff.

    We’re fully through with pollination. The first corn is very close to dent. In the last couple of years, we started chopping corn at the end of August but I think we’re more on schedule for a normal chopping time in September this year.

    We sprayed insecticide on all of our bean acres and it was worth the money. I have heard about problems with frogeye and we haven’t seen any sudden death syndrome this year. Compared to what we had last year I think the yield will be a lot better. It can still get dry and things can change in a hurry, so I hope the rain continues and I’m excited to see what fall brings.

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  • Scott Metzger

    We could use some rain. The northern part of the county got a pretty good soaking but you can see some beans getting dry down here on some of the gravel ground. You can see it in the double-crop beans here too. We’ve had three or four tenths so far this month. They are calling for some rain Wednesday or Thursday I believe.

    You couldn’t have had an irrigation pivot in July and gotten better rains than we had. The beans are all unusually tall this year. We are starting to see a little bit of frogeye showing up in them but we are passed the time to spray. At this point you’ve got what you’ve got. I have never been a fan of tall beans. It seems like they spend more time growing than putting on pods. Until we get in them we won’t know how they will do. Tall beans in our black ground are not unusual but tall beans in our lighter ground — that’s when you get nervous.

    The double-crop beans look pretty good and they are coming along. Everything is clean. We’ve had some fields with a good bit of Japanese beetle feeding and some with hardly any at all. I don’t know the reason behind that.

    We’ve seen a little brown spot but for the most part things are clean. We even have a couple varieties that are more susceptible to frogeye than others and they are actually pretty clean.

    We only sprayed one field of beans for test strips. We did end up spraying all of the corn minus one field where we had sweet corn around the edges. We mostly had gray leaf spot in our corn. We had one field that is corn after corn and we had northern corn leaf blight in that one and found some rust too. Overall I think the corn is looking pretty good and we should have pretty good corn yields.

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Glen Newcomer, Aug. 14

We have not been receiving significant rains in northwest Ohio. We are very dry and are in great need of rain. Hopefully this week we will get some. When you look at crop development most of our corn is in the R3 to R4 stage or almost ready to dent. The replant corn is of [...]

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Ben Klick, Aug. 14

We aren’t dry but we are drier. We’re back to getting a couple of tenths of rain instead of getting a couple of inches of rain. That makes things more manageable. We got a quarter inch of rain on Friday and that perked up the double-crop beans especially. We are very pleased with how things [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, Aug. 14

We’d really like to have some rain. We’ve been dry for about three weeks. We had a tenth of an inch the last week of July and that’s it. The beans need rain badly right now. The corn is starting to fire up in some places. One of our corn varieties has some southern rust [...]

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Scott Metzger, Aug. 14

We could use some rain. The northern part of the county got a pretty good soaking but you can see some beans getting dry down here on some of the gravel ground. You can see it in the double-crop beans here too. We’ve had three or four tenths so far this month. They are calling [...]

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Ben Klick, July 24

We finally got enough dry weather to get the straw wrapped up and we got some manure hauled to make things look and smell better around here. We got an inch of rain over the weekend — seven-tenths earlier today and three-tenths last night. The first two weeks of July we had 7.5 inches and [...]

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Glen Newcomer, July 24

In our part of the state the rains have been sporadic but it seems like everyone is still getting showers. In the areas that are saturated, these additional rains continue to stress those areas of the fields. Additional problems associated with waterlogged soils are developing. In the good areas, those acres continue to improve. In [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, July 24

It rained every day last week. We’re not getting a huge amount, just a little here and there. It’s supposed to hold off until Thursday now. We got an inch total all last week. We’ve got some corn that is still not completely tasseled yet, but the corn around home is all tasseled and shooting [...]

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Scott Metzger, July 24

We’ve actually missed some of these rains. This last week we had about eight tenths but to the south we really didn’t get hardly anything. The northern part of the county got around 2 inches. We are almost at 8 inches of rain for the month of July so far and the ground is still [...]

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Glen Newcomer, July 10

We have had too much rain in our area and it is affecting the crop. The heavy rains have really taken a toll on the replanted soybeans in our area. There are many fields of soybeans turning yellow with the saturated soil conditions. It is impossible spray our remaining soybeans because of the ground conditions. [...]

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Ben Klick, July 10

Things are wet and miserable. Every three days it rains. I have straw that has been rained on four times. We finally got all the wheat cut. When you get nice days do you bale straw or go cut the wheat before it gets rained on for four straight days and the test weight goes [...]

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Scott Metzger, July 10

We finished up with wheat on July 3 and got all of the double-crops planted by July 4. We got three inches of rain that weekend but we were able to get done. We averaged in the upper 90s on the whole wheat crop. I was pleased with the yield. We had some frost damage [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, July 10

South of us got 1.25 inches last night. We had right around four inches in the last couple of weeks. Corn is really looking good around here and the beans are coming on slow, but they are catching up. Grain prices have started going up a good bit, which is good too. We are not [...]

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Glen Newcomer, June 26

We were very fortunate this past week. We finally received a measurable amount of rain. We had good coverage over all of our farms and it is really going to make a difference. Prior to that the crop was reaching a critical stage of plant development when it was dry. Now with the rain, I [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, June 26

We caught a big rain Friday and that is the only rain we got in a while. Here at home we got 2.8 inches and our farm at New Paris got five inches. That is a lot of rain, and the crops look amazing. We had some areas that had standing water, but it went [...]

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Ben Klick, June 26

Things are on the wet side. We got between 4.5 and five inches of rain last week. We got 2.5 from Sunday to Monday and from Thursday to Friday we got another two inches. We have a lot of moisture at the moment. We had a few nice showers and we also had some pretty [...]

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Scott Metzger, June 26

We started cutting wheat around the 17th. We had a little freeze damage in the wheat in the areas where I expected it. There the yields were in the mid to low 80s but the rest of it has been in the upper 90s and low 100s. The test weight has been fine. Some of [...]

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Glen Newcomer, June 12

To say that we were busy the last two weeks would be an understatement. There was an unprecedented amount of replanting that occurred here in northwest Ohio this past week. It is not just in Ohio, it’s throughout the Midwest. It is widespread throughout Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. Everything planted in mid-May was crusted [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, June 12

We’re dry. We need rain. Everything is planted and it is all up. We finished the last day of May. That was a little ahead of a lot of people around here who had a lot more to replant. We had about 17 acres of replant and some touching up here and there. That is [...]

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Ben Klick, June 12

We finished up on June 3. We got 350 acres of beans planted that week and a couple hundred acres of corn.  We had a good stretch of weather and ground conditions got right so we put the hammer down. We really never left the tractor seats apart from doing the morning chores. We kept [...]

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Scott Metzger, June 12

We finished planting corn May 17 and beans on May 20. We had 40 acres of April corn to spot in. All of the April beans got replanted. We dropped everything from 125,000 on up to full rate on most of the fields. We had one soybean field we had to plant a third time. [...]

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Glen Newcomer, May 22

A lot has changed in the last two weeks. This last week was tremendous. We had the opportunity to get in and plant every day. We are at 85% complete on both corn and soybeans. We were very fortunate that the heavy rains went south of us and we were able to put in six [...]

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Ben Klick, May 22

We could be better. We had another overnight rain. We finally got dry enough to plant last week and we got several hundred acres of corn and beans in the ground. Then it rained Friday night, Saturday and last night. We got close to an inch of rain and we are back to a standstill [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, May 22

We got six inches of rain and then it dried up and the ground got as hard as concrete in some places. Then we got four-tenths one night and everything we thought we were going to replant started coming up. That rain saved a lot of corn. We ended up getting six to eight-tenths last [...]

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Scott Metzger, May 22

We started back in planting last Monday after two or three weeks. You could row the corn this morning already. We got done with everything for the first planting on Saturday and started replanting beans on Saturday. We had those big rains earlier and corn really struggled. That corn we planted the week of April [...]

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Glenn Newcomer, May 8

We are fortunate. We did not get frost last evening. The wind blew through the night and the temperatures did not get as cold as they had predicted so we dodged a bullet. There is a chance again tonight but the chances are diminished. We did get rain, but the week before we were able [...]

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Scott Metzger, May 8

We are soggy, soggy, soggy — three soggies — and it’s cold. The little bit of sun has helped save what we’ve got planted. We had a little breeze and it was 34 degrees so we missed the frost last night, which is a good thing. I was concerned about the frost because we’ve had [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, May 8

Grandma was all worried about her flowers last night but when I got up it was 40 degrees. We didn’t get any frost but we got about six inches of rain in the last two weeks. The first rain was 2.6 inches. We got back in the fields and it started raining again and we [...]

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Ben Klick, May 8

We got some frost, but nothing too terrible. It was 34 when I got out of bed this morning. None of the corn we have planted was out of the ground enough for frost to hurt it. All of the wheat we have is actually in head. I asked grandpa when he saw wheat heads [...]

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Glen Newcomer, April 24

We are off to a very slow start here in Northwest Ohio. I can only think of a handful of operators who have put any corn in the ground. I can only think of one operator who has put any soybeans in the ground. We had a good run last week. We completed a lot [...]

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Ben Klick, April 24

We have some pretty nice weather today here. I am getting a little ground work done, dad is getting the planter ready and we’re going to start planting corn today. A neighbor started planting yesterday on their sand and gravel ground. That is where we are starting today because it is a little dryer. Wednesday [...]

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Scott Metzger, April 24

We just started on corn yesterday. We’re loading the bean planter up now. We are slowly but surely drying out. We have been so wet and we still have some fields with wheat stubble that are too wet for the planter. We just planted one field of corn. It usually takes a good half-day to [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, April 24

We are cleaning out beans from grain bins today. We still have a lot of corn left in storage waiting for higher prices. We’re holding quite a bit to see what we can do. We got a bunch of rain Thursday night— 1.6 inches. We got the most rain around here right at the house. [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, April 10

All we’ve gotten so far in April was eight-tenths and fourth-tenths. We’re a little on the dry side compared to last year and drier than other parts of the state. We have not been out in the fields, but the neighbors started today putting ammonia on. We are going to get started spraying soon hopefully. [...]

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Scott Metzger, April 10

It is a beautiful day. It’s pretty windy and that is helping dry things out. All of our tile lines are running and I think we are at full capacity now with our water table. We had around two inches the end of last week and for the month of April already we’re between 3.5 [...]

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Ben Klick, April 10

It is pretty nice here this morning. The sun is shining and there is a breeze. We actually got about three inches of snow on Friday and before that we had on and off rain. Grandpa says we always get a snow some time around Easter. That is generally pretty accurate. This was a wet, [...]

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Glen Newcomer, April 10

There is no doubt that the weather we had last week had an impact on doing any field operations in northwest Ohio. With the rain we received, it will be at least 10 days before we will be in a position to do tillage or planting. We received about 2.5 inches of rain. It wasn’t [...]

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Glen Newcomer, March 27

We have a diversified farm where we grow corn and soybeans and grow seed for a major seed company. We have worked in seed sales for over 30 years with local farmers and we also have a crop insurance agency where we serve farmers in several counties here in northwest Ohio. We have diverse soil [...]

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Scott Metzger, March 27

We have about 3,000 acres with my uncle, two cousins and I. We grow corn, wheat and soybeans. We have some creek bottom ground that gets pretty gravelly and dry in the summer when it doesn’t rain. We also have some creek bottom fields that are some of our best ground. You can go across [...]

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Ben Klick, March 27

I am a fifth generation farmer with Windy Way farms near Massilon. I work full time on the farm with my dad and grandfather. We are a grain and beef operation. It is a half rural half metropolitan area. We feed beef cattle and raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. When I got out of [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, March 27

We’re farming about 2,300 acres counting custom ground. We raise about 40% corn and 60% beans we have more bean ground this year than we have because of prices and it is easier to get them in. We also raise a little freezer beef. We have been all no-till since 2000. If we work the [...]

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