2017 Between the Rows


  • Glen Newcomer

    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 consecutive days. The conditions we planted into last week were nearly perfect. The ground dried out quickly and that allowed us to get a lot of crops planted.

    The earlier crops really surprised us. They did emerge in spite of the fact that they had heavy rains and cold temperatures. Looking at the fields, I’d say 90% is out of the ground this morning and with the rain we received over the weekend I think the rest will emerge. If we have to replant anything it will be a surprise to me.

    In Northwest Ohio, though, there is a tremendous amount of replanting going on. In areas that received heavy rainfall, the crusting in combination with the rapid drying created a bad scenario for corn and soybeans. Corn was emerging underneath the ground and soybeans had too heavy of a crust to allow emergence. We were fortunate we did not have soybeans planted at that time.

    On Friday we got a half-inch at our place and only a tenth down south. We were lucky and we were able to go again Saturday. Because of high temperatures and ideal conditions, soybeans and corn we planted a week ago are mostly at ground level and emerging.

    Pest-wise there have been some Asiatic garden beetles on some of the lighter soils in northwest Ohio, but other than that nothing is standing out. There is a lot of concern about armyworn populations and we are hoping we don’t have to deal with that issue.

    We had a window of opportunity this last week and we capitalized on it. I felt very good about the progress we made in the timeframe we had. There is a lot of variability in the area and we have been fortunate.

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  • Brandon Monebrake

    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 week. It was just enough. The dirt has been working up great. It was just dry enough and just wet enough last week. We got a tenth last night. Our replant goes down everyday because more of the crops keep coming up. Last week there were about 10 acres of the 300 we planted before the wet and cold weather that we thought needed to be replanted. Every day more has been coming up and surprising us more.

    We think if you feel like you need to rotary hoe something you should just go replant it. We don’t have one and don’t like doing it. There have been a lot of people around us turning the seed off on their planters and running them right down the row.

    There was some really yellow corn down the road and it is as green as can be now. It looks good and all of our corn looks great. We had some beans planted early and they came up and look great too. We had about 120 acres of beans coming up yesterday. We are very happy with the way things are looking right now. We have 80 acres of corn left to plant and we are hoping to finish tonight. We have 900 acres or of beans so to go and we’ll hit them hard and hopefully have them done in a week or so.

    Saturday night we had the Matt Calland Memorial Pull and we drove through rain all the way home from Champaign County. We got first place.

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  • Ben Klick

    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 for now. We are about 70% done with corn and about 40% done with the beans. We have a fair amount in, but it is getting close to June and we want to get more corn in.

    In the first corn we planted that went through the cold weather we got good emergence and good stands. The color wasn’t there at first, but the last week really perked that corn up and it is actually looking pretty good. There is a 30-acre piece we are watching. It lays kind of wet in the bottom and it is on the borderline to replant or not.

    The first beans I planted on May 10 are coming up and looking pretty good. With the way things have been I am pretty grateful with how things look.

    I hopped out of the air seeder last week to make 15 acres of hay. We got it baled on Wednesday. It was pretty good hay and when it is in the upper 80s it doesn’t take long for hay to dry. There was a lot of hay mowing and baling in this area last week.

    If the sun comes out and we get warm weather we could maybe go again sometime tomorrow. They have a chance of rain for us on Wednesday. For what we have had I am grateful we haven’t had to replant. There is a lot of replanting going on in some places. At this stage of the game, replanting is almost not an option.

    We have two groups of calves on pasture rotationally grazing now. They are doing really well, but between the Cavs losing the game last night and the rain this morning, it has kind of put a damper on things.

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  • Scott Metzger

    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 23 through 27, it was three weeks before it was up really good. We planted our Plenish beans that week too and all of those acres need another 125,000 on them because the beans couldn’t push through the ground crusting over. Most of that was on patterned tile ground too.

    We were fortunate with our 500 or 600 acres of corn we planted that week of April 23 and we only had about 40 acres that we needed to spot in. Some of that rotted, some of it leafed out underground and some of it just disappeared in the white clay.

    There are always a couple of days every year you shouldn’t plant and this year those days were April 27 and 28 before we got four inches of rain. The next couple of weeks we got more small rains and cool weather. We didn’t get good drying days until the week before last.

    We had a great run this last week and then Saturday we ended up getting a half inch to 1.2 inches. We needed about a half inch or so just to keep things going. East of us 10 miles it didn’t rain at all. I really feel for the guys west of us that have really been hammered with rain this spring.

    This area has been a really big replant area. There were a lot of guys jamming in crops that week of April 23. A lot of that corn planted on the 28th got torn out. We were fortunate we didn’t have to replant that much.

    Wheat is coming along really well. There were some early varieties starting in on the blister stage in the area. I would say by June 12 or 15 we will probably be in wheat harvest around here, unless it cools off. It looks pretty good.

    The new hog barn we put up is just a little over half full and everything seems to be running alright. They look to have it at full capacity here in the next couple of weeks.

    On our early-planted soybeans the bean leaf beetles are just running rampant. The one early field is the worst because it is the only field of beans planted in that area. They have had a feeding frenzy on them. We have had a little Pythium in the beans too.

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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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