2017 Between the Rows


  • Glen Newcomer

    It has been a very unusual growing season, but that is part of farming. We’re going to be finishing up in the next day or so. We are down to two days of harvesting and we’ll be finished for 2017. We have been waiting on this last corn because of the heavy rains we had the week before. Where we are now conditions are just fine. It has been nine days since we had rain. With favorable harvest conditions now it will be nice to coast to the finish line.

    Overall the corn plant health is still excellent in our area because we are working on the re-planted fields. Because of the later planting date, the stalk integrity is still there and standability is not an issue at all.

    Looking at the yield results, it is very important to have a good stand to achieve optimum yield. Without the population, it is very difficult for the corn plant to compensate for the blank spaces in the field.

    Corn has been a pleasant surprise this year. Most producers I have visited with have been pleasantly surprised with the way the corn has performed. Corn moisture is still in the mid-20s — not much drying occurs after the middle of November. The bushels are there. In some cases there is some extra moisture but having those bushels to sell this year is very important. Corn is a much better scenario this year for us than soybeans.

    There are just a few acres of soybeans remaining in the area and maybe 10% to 15% of the corn is still standing around here but it will be coming off very soon. It has been a challenging growing season and I am ready to put 2017 to rest and start looking forward to 2018.

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  • Brandon Monebrake

    We are completely done. We finished the Friday before Thanksgiving with our crops and we finished up our custom work the day before Thanksgiving. We got done and moved stuff home that Sunday and started with the custom work on Tuesday and everything has dried up since.

    The last field we were in was wet and we will have to do some tillage where some places are torn up depending on how dry things get. There are people working ground around us right now.

    We had a little grass in the corn up at New Paris where the water stood and drowned out the corn. That hurt yields some. We had a good bit drowned out with the fields where we did our custom work too.

    The corn ended up around 190 bushels or 200 and the beans were 64 or 65 bushels overall. We thought corn would be around 165 and the beans would be around 50 and when we got into them we were really surprised. Things ended up really decent.

    The beans held up well through harvest. We had a big wind that broke the tops out of a lot of the corn right above the ears. It seemed like the harvest was never ending because every time you turned around it was raining.

    We are going to clean out dryer and work on some end of the year jobs now.

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  • Ben Klick

    As long as everything goes as planned, today will be our last day of harvest. I have 55 acres of beans to cut and we are done. We are beyond ready for it to be done. It has been a roller coaster of a year and a downhill roller coaster of a fall. We are not that upset with how the yields turned out after the weather we had but there have been little issues with things going wrong along the way and we are definitely ready to be done.

    Planting date was very crucial this year. The later crops were not nearly as dry and that was a lot more money in drying costs. There was quite a bit of re-adjusting the machine from the early corn to the late-planted corn and it slowed down the harvest.

    The double-crop beans needed August and September rains that they didn’t get. The yields were all over the place. They got planted later than they should have been and it got dry for them at the wrong time. This year they weren’t really worth cutting.

    The corn yields really varied by farm and soil type. We planted some fields that we should have waited a day or two longer last spring but we had to plant when we could. As a young farmer I see things I get stressed about but then my dad tells me that he has been seeing these kinds of things for years.

    The ground is not as favorable as I thought it would be but we are getting the weather so we can start the fall jobs that we should have been doing a month ago. We have chicken litter to spread, lime to spread and barns to clean out.

    We usually shoot to be done two weeks before Thanksgiving, and here we are still working at harvest the week after Thanksgiving, but we were still blessed with a pretty good harvest and nothing disastrous went wrong. It is what it is.

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  • Scott Metzger

    We finished everything up last Friday night. We got the double-crop beans done to get harvest wrapped up. That is always a good feeling but you’d always like another 500 acres of corn.

    I think the double-crop beans were around 42 or 43 bushels per acre for an average.  I think the highest we had for a field average was maybe 47 bushels and maybe the low was 40 — they were good. In 2011 we had some that were pretty similar to that in the 40s. We just had the right growing season for them this year. Having a late frost and rains at the right time really helped. They look like the quality of the first crop beans. It was still wet, but most of our double-crops were on tiled ground so that helped.

    This was the best corn crop we have ever had. The beans were above trend line but not a record for us. Overall, 2017 was a challenging year but it all really panned out weather wise.

    We are contemplating whether we put on a shot of insecticide and a low rate of herbicide on the wheat this fall to get a little more protection out there. We haven’t pulled that trigger yet and I don’t know with the price of wheat if that will pay. A couple of neighbors have tried and had quite a bit of success with it.

    We also wanted to get a cover crop on all of bean stubble so we are going to get the drills out today and run hard this week to see how much we can get done. We may try to get some corn stalks fall sprayed too.

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Glen Newcomer, Nov. 27

It has been a very unusual growing season, but that is part of farming. We’re going to be finishing up in the next day or so. We are down to two days of harvesting and we’ll be finished for 2017. We have been waiting on this last corn because of the heavy rains we had [...]

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Scott Metzger, Nov. 27

We finished everything up last Friday night. We got the double-crop beans done to get harvest wrapped up. That is always a good feeling but you’d always like another 500 acres of corn. I think the double-crop beans were around 42 or 43 bushels per acre for an average.  I think the highest we had [...]

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Ben Klick, Nov. 27

As long as everything goes as planned, today will be our last day of harvest. I have 55 acres of beans to cut and we are done. We are beyond ready for it to be done. It has been a roller coaster of a year and a downhill roller coaster of a fall. We are [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, Nov. 27

We are completely done. We finished the Friday before Thanksgiving with our crops and we finished up our custom work the day before Thanksgiving. We got done and moved stuff home that Sunday and started with the custom work on Tuesday and everything has dried up since. The last field we were in was wet [...]

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Glen Newcomer, Nov. 6

Compared to other parts of the state we were lucky. We received an inch and a half to 3 inches of rain with high winds. We were fortunate our corn stood well through that and we had minimal damage from the storm. The worst damage in our area was north and east of us, directly [...]

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Scott Metzger, Nov. 6

As far as the wind, we didn’t have anything like they had further west. I think the wind got up to 28 or 30 miles per hour and the rain stayed north of us for awhile. The final round came through early this morning and we had 4 to 6 inches of rain. The kids’ [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, Nov. 6

Do you have any pontoons? At my grandpa’s house we got 4 inches. I live two miles south and got 3.4 inches and my mom is six miles north in New Paris and she got 4.5. We’re done harvesting around home and we just have corn left at New Paris where they got 4.5 inches. [...]

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Ben Klick, Nov. 6

I’ve been in the house doing billing this morning because it is ugly out and I didn’t want to be outside. We have gotten 2.4 inches since yesterday morning. We have had close to 5 inches here since the middle of last week. That will keep us out of the fields for a little bit. [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, Oct. 23

We’re about finished with beans. I think we have about 60 acres left and it just started raining about 15 minutes ago. We had two tenths on Sunday two weeks ago and we got back in the next day. We ran about 100 acres of corn while we were waiting on some beans and then [...]

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Ben Klick, Oct. 23

We are racing against the clock and the rain. We are done with all of the first crop beans. We have about 100 acres of double-crop beans behind hay and wheat to cut, but I’m not too concerned about those. We switched over last evening to corn after we got done baling up corn fodder [...]

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Scott Metzger, Oct. 23

We are done harvesting our first crop beans and onto shelling corn now. We got all the wheat sown and are working on getting cover crops sown. Our Plenish beans made 58 and all of our XtendiMax beans made 57 and they were all right there together. I thought they’d be a little higher but [...]

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Glen Newcomer, Oct. 23

When I got up this morning, the rain had started to fall and it is obvious we will be out of the fields for the next few days. Last week we made tremendous progress on the fall harvest. We were able to cut soybeans seven days in a row and we only have 10% of the [...]

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Glen Newcomer, Oct. 9

We started harvesting a couple of weeks ago and since then we have been working on soybeans. We have a third of our soybeans cut so far. We have not shelled any corn yet, but we are getting ready to switch over to that now that we are having some rain delays. We have been [...]

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Ben Klick, Oct. 9

We are finally getting some long overdue rain. We got two inches yesterday. We got just shy of 300 acres of beans off. We parked the combine at the end of last week and switched over to spread fertilizer, work ground and we got all of the wheat and barley planted just in time for [...]

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Scott Metzger, Oct. 9

We are probably down to 250 or 300 acres of first crop beans left. We have been rolling along pretty well. I am little disappointed in bean yields. I thought we’d be in the mid-60s but it looks like 56 or 58 will catch our average. With how the beans looked and the weather we [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, Oct. 9

We got anywhere from 2 to 2.5 inches and they got 4 inches just south of us. We ran about 400 acres of beans. We ran all of the beans that were ready. Then we switched over and ran corn on Saturday for a day and then it rained. The lows in the corn were [...]

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Scott Metzger, Sept. 25

The heat is drying stuff down. I’m not a fan of working in it but it is helping out the crop. We started shelling corn on Saturday and we’re just getting a good start on it. The moisture is running 19.5% to around 22% or 23% and it is pretty variable. This was the first [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, Sept. 25

We started running yesterday and everything is looking pretty good so far. We ran about 60 acres of beans yesterday. The heat really helped. We are in early beans and we are not usually fans of early beans. Our first beans averaged 64 on five acres and we are on a big farm now and [...]

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Ben Klick, Sept. 25

We have some neighbors on the east side of the county and they started cutting last week. We have beans that will go but we are not ready yet. We just finished filling a silo yesterday and we have one more to do in a week or so. We are hoping to be rolling by [...]

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Glen Newcomer, Sept. 11

I still believe additional rain will benefit the soybean crop. The same holds true for the corn crop. We are, however, getting exceptionally dry. We had hit and miss rains last week but not enough to have an impact or make much of a yield difference. Lack of rain and an early frost are our [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, Sept. 11

We had a little rain — about three tenths — on Tuesday last week. If it rains later today, some of the beans will lose the last of their leaves. I think we might be one of the first in the area to run beans. Ours are the only ones in a pretty big radius [...]

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Ben Klick, Sept. 11

As we speak, we are chopping corn silage. We are about done with the first silo and we’ll get five or six loads this morning. We are seeing pretty good yields tonnage wise. This is our second planted corn this spring, April 25. It was a pretty good stand with good ears on it. We [...]

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Scott Metzger, Sept. 11

Most everybody is about 10 or 12 days away from doing any harvesting down here. The cool weather has really slowed things down in terms of turning and drying down. We’ve gotten about two inches of rain so far this month. We had nine-tenths two different times and it wouldn’t hurt to get another shower. [...]

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Glen Newcomer, Aug. 28

Very little has changed with regard to the amount of rainfall we have received. We are in the final stages of crop development for corn and soybeans and we need some rain to finish this crop off. In the fields I scouted most recently, it appears that we do not have leaf diseases and everything [...]

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Scott Metzger, Aug. 28

We are pretty dry. After having 10.6 inches of rain in July and almost perfect conditions, we’ve turned off dry in August. You see a lot of crops on the clay knobs and drier ground getting stressed and starting to turn. We have had a couple of inches in August right her at the shop, [...]

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Ben Klick, Aug. 28

Our crop adjuster is coming out to do yield reports this week for the corn silage. I hope he gives me very good news. We’ve had less than a half-inch of rain in the last two weeks. We’re not hurting as much as some guys are. We have neighbors with corn ears hanging and it [...]

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Brandon Monebrake, Aug. 28

We have been dry for the last two weeks. We had a sprinkle and that is it. They are calling for a couple of inches through today, tomorrow and Wednesday. The dry conditions are starting to really show in the crops. Beans are starting to turn as they dry up a little bit. The corn [...]

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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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