2017 Between the Rows


  • Glen Newcomer

    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 two greatest concerns at this time.

    Most of the corn is still not black layered or fully matured. We need at least 100 growing degree units on the April-planted corn and probably an additional 300 or 350 growing degree units for the replant corn that was planted in early June. We absolutely do not want to have any type of frost on any of our crops for quite some time. Based on recent weather, we are only accumulating 10 to 15 growing degree units per day. At that rate we need several weeks of above normal temperatures before we can handle a frost in this part of the state. We have noticed some premature death in corn as a result of the dry weather, which could create standability or stalk issues in this crop.

    We’ll probably be shelling corn before we cut soybeans because of those issues. As a result of multiple stresses on this crop, I believe the overall corn plant health has been compromised.

    We have not found high populations of soybean aphids that other areas have experienced. Soybean leaf diseases are minimal. Some farmers are seeing sudden death syndrome and white mold in their soybeans. Looking forward, soybeans are just totally dependent on the amount of rain we receive between now and full maturity. With the cooler temperatures, it has definitely slowed down the progression of harvest. I do not anticipate harvesting any soybeans in September this year. We may shell some corn before we start on soybeans.

    Some of the initial tonnage reports from silage being made may indicate that the corn crop is better than we anticipate. Let’s hope so. This year all crops are going to be quite variable and unpredictable in yield.

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  • Brandon Monebrake

    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 so far on 50 acres they have averaged 60.1 with a range of around 55 to 75. For early beans we are very happy with those. We are hoping to finish where we are today and then move to another farm. All of these beans were planted over about two or three weeks but they are all getting ready at the same time with this heat.

    There were a couple of people around here who tried corn and it was at about 30% moisture. We are not in a big hurry to run corn at all. We haven’t even tested the moisture. We are just working on getting our beans started. Our early beans have zero green stems, but some of them have green leaves and they are at 9% or 10% moisture. Right at the base of the plant they still have some green leaves. We quit about 8:30 last night and later today we’ll start hitting it a little harder.

    I’ve noticed the short beans are making more than the tall beans. The short beans are in the black ground and the tall beans are on the hill ground.

    Right now the corn is not drying that quickly. We’ll run the beans as they get ready here around home then we may switch to the corn here around home if it’s ready. If not, we’ll go up and get the beans at New Paris.

    Everything is pretty clean so far. Right along the fencerows is where all of the weed trouble is, but everything else has been clean. I am excited with the yields we’ve had so far. I’m nervous about heading to New Paris because it is always a whole new ball game up there.

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  • Ben Klick

    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 the end of the week harvesting the beans. We have some cattle to move the next couple of days.

    We just finished up our last cutting of hay. Some of my dairy buddies are thinking about making one more cutting of alfalfa yet. It has been really dry. It has been over a month since we had a decent rain. The fields are rough. It is like concrete out there. There was some hay we left because it was a first year seeding and we were afraid to ruin it with its limited root system.

    A neighbor at Canal Fulton cut some beans over the weekend and had a variety in the low 50s and a second variety was in the high 50s and low 60s. The top pods are there but there is nothing in them. I am afraid my double-crops are not going to amount to much as dry as we’ve been.

    We have our wheat seed ordered and it should be coming in during the next few days. We are bumping our wheat acres back a little to plant 45 acres of barley. We are growing that to use for grain in the steer rations. Our nutritionist told us that feeding one-third of our ration of ground barley helps put a hard glazed top on the carcass and improves the grade a little. It saves us a little corn and lets us cut back on wheat and still get straw. The barley comes off a couple of weeks earlier than wheat and lets us get our double-crops in sooner. We’re going to try it and see if it works. I am hoping for some more heat units to dry this corn. We only have about 2.5 weeks worth of corn left to feed and then we are going to have to shell some.

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  • Scott Metzger

    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 field of corn we planted. It was 111-day corn and it was not bad on the moisture. Yields are pretty good so far on 60 or 70 acres. It was a low of 150 or so on the clay knolls and in the good dirt it got up to 250 or 260 bushels. That wide range is not too uncommon on some of our ground. You go from good black dirt to a clay knob. In a lower yielding year it is not that dramatic. The 150 bushels on the clay knobs is really pretty impressive.

    The dryer is running well and we got the bugs worked out. We most generally shell a little corn first and switch over to running beans. We’re going to switch over and start cutting some of our Plenish beans later today. It is amazing how quickly these soybeans have turned.

    This is going to be kind of a weird fall. It will be like the spring. A lot of the early corn will come off soon, but the later corn is still around 30% moisture. This heat has really helped turn the beans and I think we’ll have a good run. The majority of our Plenish beans should be ready to run by the end of the week. Some of the Plenish fields will have wheat on them, so we can get going on that. We have until the end of November to haul them in.

    We’re going to be about the same on wheat acres — about the 350- or 375-acre range. The wheat acres have been down in this area and I think they will be even lower this fall. We like wheat in our rotation so we have a place to go with our hog manure and for the double-crop beans. I think we’ll have some pretty good double-crop beans this fall.

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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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