2017 Between the Rows


  • Glen Newcomer

    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. It is very important for us to get in as soon as possible to finish our post- spraying for weeds. In August, we’ll be back again to spray insecticides and fungicides.

    Western bean cutworm eggs are being discovered on corn plants in the area along with European corn borer larvae and eggs on the non-GMO corn. In addition to that, Japanese beetles are becoming more prominent as well. Crop scouting is more important this year than ever.

    Some agronomists are already finding rust in corn. We are going to monitor and frequently scout our fields to decide when to apply insecticide and fungicide to this crop. At this time, our April planted corn is getting ready to shoot the tassel out. We’ve had about 1,300 growing degree units since our April corn was planted and regardless of the height or size of that corn, it’s going to shoot the tassel out very soon and hopefully it will pollinate. The replant corn continues to struggle because of the late planting date and the wet growing conditions.

    We have more than enough moisture at this time. In my farming career there have only been a few years when I could honestly say in July that I wish it would stop raining. It is very unusual to have this volume of rain in a concentrated time frame. A few farmers in the area still have wheat to cut. I have not seen any double-crop soybeans going in because of the wet weather.  There is more heavy rain in the forecast for this week.

    We have 300 acres of Xtend soybeans for seed production and we have not had any issues with off-target movement or volatilization of the post- spraying product used. The beans are exceptionally clean and so far we like the program. We are going to continue to monitor it and evaluate it. Like all herbicide programs, they have to be managed and positioned for their intended purpose. It just gives us another mode of action to combat broadleaf weeds.

    This past weekend, we traveled down to Hocking Hills and took two different routes because I wanted to see what the crops looked like in the southern and western part of the state.  In my opinion northern and especially northwest Ohio are in much tougher shape than the rest of the state. I was impressed with the corn in southern Ohio. The beans in the central part of the state looked good to me. I was a little envious when I got home. There are good crops in the state of Ohio and the crop overall may not be as bad as people believe.

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  • Brandon Monebrake

    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 worried right now about pests or diseases. There are no signs of disease. We have a good bit of corn that will be tasseling here by the end of this week. Some started last week. Things are looking pretty decent.

    I think the corn is in really good shape. It is dark green and growing like crazy. This year looks like it could be a pretty good corn year for us.

    If you go about 15 miles north, the crops drop off and look terrible. Corn is knee high and yellow. If you go south 10 miles it falls off there too.  I think it is due to too much water. I guess we’re in the middle of a decent streak. All of the rain we have been getting has been soaking in. We have a two-acre spot that almost always floods out. It actually has some beans in it this year, which is better than we expected.

    We got a second spraying done and we have the weeds dead now. The bean ground was starting to get covered up, but we got back ahead of the weeds. The beans have been slow going but we are hoping they take off once we get some heat. These 70- and 80-degree temperatures really are not that hot. We could use some heat.

    The pulling tractor is torn down and we are waiting on parts. I have missed three hooks so far. The parts will be in in the end of the week and hopefully have it back together in about two weeks. Then we will hopefully be back out for the Dyno and our hometown fair in August.

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  • Ben Klick

    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 down? They brought a draper out to demo and we finished cutting wheat last night about 11.

    Here around home the wheat was in the 75- or 80-bushel range, which I wasn’t too upset with, but the wheat was pretty rough on one of our south farms. It was just too wet. Quality wise we haven’t hauled any in yet, but things are looking promising as far as the markets go. We have a bunch of wheat sold and we have heard the test weights have been good. The wheat is actually worth something now and we wanted to get it off.

    We got about 20 acres of 150 acres of straw baled. We ended up round baling a bunch of it. We still have a bunch of straw laying in a windrow that has been rained on three times.

    The last couple of years of farming I feel like a Cleveland Browns fan. You always start out with a positive attitude and you get halfway through the season and you’re saying, “There’s always next year.”

    It was wet and we finally got planted and things got going. Now it is so wet again. In the last week or so of June we got over three inches in two days and we got another inch last week. We’ve had between four and five inches of rain in the last two or three weeks and it has been hard rain. We have corn that came up beautifully and now we have ocean waves of corn with high spots and low spots and everything else in between.

    We should be making the second cutting of hay and now that’s getting behind too. Would you rather have an overly wet year or a dry year? At least when it is dry, you can get work done. When you are wet you can’t do anything and you get behind. Along with all of that, we are having a Stark County Cattlemen’s event here Saturday and we have to get things cleaned up.

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  • Scott Metzger

    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 but even there it was 80 or 82 bushels. Usually our goal is to be done July 1 and we were done by June 27 except for one last field. That is the earliest we have started cutting wheat — June 17.

    The double-crop beans we got in on June 18 — and really all of the double-crops — are growing like crazy. We had around four inches of rain so far in the month of July. The rains have come nice. It has been a change from what we’ve had.

    The April-planted corn is tasseling. We’ll probably end up spraying fungicides on most of the corn. We have some river bottom ground and it is a no-brainer to spray it and we have some continuous corn we’ll spray. I have seen a little gray leaf spot and common rust. We’ll start spraying towards the end of the week. I haven’t seen much northern corn leaf blight yet.

    April beans don’t look too hot but most of those are replanted. They are mostly in the R1 and R2 stage. There have been concerns with the dicamba soybeans in other areas. We have Plenish beans right by our dicamba beans and didn’t have any issues with volatilization or drift or anything.

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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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