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Marion County Corn Summary: Both of these fields were replanted and both were 20 inch rows. The corn had a ways to go and the dirt was very dry as you can see by our stake. Very light insect and disease pressures and the ear count was 33. Bird and raccoon damage was seen here as well. Overall this field was clean with some pollination issues and our yield guess is 165.
Marion County Soybean Summary: This was the most variable field we have been in on tour. Some water damage was noted and now, ironically, it could use a little rain. Canopy height was 34 inches and the first node was 4 inches high. We rate this field as Fair to Good.
Wyandot County Corn Summary: Took a long and windy path to find this massive field (Bart hopped up on the van for the picture because we don’t have a drone #EastIsBeast). It felt like an episode of Breaking Bad and we weren’t sure we would be getting out. Pretty nice field here but we noticed some firing. Some Grey and rust on the upper leaves. This field wasn’t to dent stage yet either. Very few fields have been. No insects here and pollination could have been a touch better. Our yield estimate here is 173.
Wyandot County Soybean Summary: We found some double crop soybeans here in the R2 stage. Saw our first stink bug of the tour. Needless to say there is still a lot of potential here. Canopy height was 14 inches and the first node began 3 inches up the stalk. This field is rated Good by our scouts.
Crawford County Corn Summary: This soil needs some moisture. Deep cracks tell that story and this corn is not yet dented and you can tell that it is recovering from excessive rain early on. Some Grey and rust here but overall things aren’t that bad. Ear count was 34 and our yield estimate is 198.
Crawford County Soybean Summary: This field was extremely clean with just minimal Frog Eye, Japanese Beetles and Grasshoppers. Canopy height was about 40 inches and the first node was about 4 inches up. We rate this field as Good.
Seneca County Corn Summary: This field was planted on May 17th and it was another really nice stand. Common rust was heavy but other than that this corn was in pretty good shape. We did notice some weak stalks and more tip back. Our yield guess here is 208.
Sandusky County Corn Summary: This field was planted on April 15th and the stand is excellent. Some common rust but no sign of GLS or Northern. Some tip back here too in this R4 field. Our yield guess here is 174.
Huron County Corn Summary: Best stop of the tour so far. Excellent fill during pollination and a solid ear count of 31 will give us a yield estimate of 231. Most 18s and a 20 around didn’t hurt. Rain is needed here soon as the leaves are starting to roll. The milk line was at 1/3. Common rust was seen in this field and some Northern was noted.
Huron County Soybean Summary: Needed rains will be really helpful to these beans. We were still able to get the roots out, but it was a bit more of a challenge here. Disease and insect pressures were very low in these young beans. Canopy height was 38 inches and the first node was found 3 inches high. We rate this field as Good.
Ashland County Corn Summary: By the looks of things this corn was planted very late, maybe the 10th of June. Our samples just gave us enough to work with and the variables are much higher here with so much longer to go until maturity. If we would have had this stop before lunch these might have been good on a salad. Ground is dry here and the dirt is gravely. Ear count was 33 with light disease and insect pressure. Our yield guess with what we had to work with was 162.
Ashland County Soybean Summary: These soybeans may look better from the road than they actually are. Rain will be needed here for a good pod fill. Pop was around 160-170,000 and there were some insects feeding but no disease to be found. Canopy height was 46 inches and the first node was 5 inches high. We rate this field as Fair to Good.
Wayne County Corn Summary: This corn in southern Wayne County is in great shape and it just starting to show a little N deficiencies. Population could have been a little more aggressive as these ears will filled to the tip. Very little disease and insect pressures (some grasshoppers). A 30 ear count here and a yield guess of 193.
Wayne County Soybean Summary: 20 inches rows here and they could use some rain. Canopy height was 36 inches with nodes starting 3 inches up. Some Sun scull and insect pressure but not too much. We rate this field as Good.
Holmes County Corn Summary: This field still hasn’t reached dent stage and the ear count was 30. When we got our samples out they looked really good but the looks were deceiving as we had a few 14s here. Some Grey was found but not bad at all and no insects here. Our yield number is 153 here.
Holmes County Soybean Summary: This farmer wasted no field as these beans were planted right up to the berm of this gravel road. Our two scouts went in two different directions and the samples were much different. One pop count was 160,000 and the other was 68,000 and it showed in plant development and the root system. We found some Septoria Brown Spot and Downey Mildew along with some light grasshopper feeding. Canopy height was 40 inches and the first node was 4 inches high. We rate this field as Good.
Richland County Corn Summary: Another solid field of corn here. This is the highest ear count we have had so far at 36. Nitrogen seemed to be holding its own here. By far the cleanest field we have seen thus far and a couple of 18 arounds. Very little disease and pest pressure here. 198 is our yield calc here.
Richland County Soybean Summary: Starting to see some frog eye on this part of the tour. Very little but it is noticeable. Canopy height was 38 inches and the first node from 3.5 inches high. Light insect pressure and there is still some potential for additional pods here. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.
Knox County Corn Summary: We had the rare opportunity to have this farmer on hand for our check. This corn was planted the Tuesday after Easter and is easily the best we have seen so far. This area of the county got about 2 tenths of rain Tuesday evening and moisture was still in good shape here. Grey leaf was noted below the ear but insects were no where to be seen. Eat count was 30 and milk line was 1/2. Our yield calc here is 210 bushels per acre.
Knox County Soybean Summary: Marestail has made its way to this field but it hasn’t hurt it too much. These heavily podded beans had a first node start at about 4 inches high and the canopy was 44 inches tall. Disease and pest pressures were light. Only Japanese Beetle feeding here. We rate this field as Excellent.
Morrow County Corn Summary: This corn has a long way to go as pollination was just wrapping up. Ear count was at 29 and the stand was even and the ear set was high. Hail had hit this field at some point and there was some disease pressure noted. On some of our samples the top 2 inches do not pollinate. Too early for milk here. Our yield guess is 145 for this field.
Morrow County Soybean Summary: These soybeans were much better than what we saw yesterday. You could tell they didn’t get off to the best start with the uneveness, but if we got a freeze tonight, these would still be just fine from a yield standpoint. Weed control was spot on and no real disease or insect pressure. Canopy height was at 36 inches and the nodes were short. About R5 here and we couldn’t help but notice all of the 4-bean pods! We rate this field as excellent.
Licking County Corn Summary: Easy to see this field was planted a bit later than our previous field, as has not yet dented. Soil moisture was good here and grey and rust was noticed but very minimal. Ear fill was just okay here with an ear count of 30 and our yield guess is 158 bushels to the acre.
Licking County Soybean Summary: Marestail pressure was the first thing we noticed here and once we got out into the field we saw plenty of Japanese Beetle damage, although they were long gone. Canopy height was 33 inches and the first node showed up at about 7 inches high. Pods were starting to fill and some flowers showed that more potential was there. We rate these beans as Good.
Delaware County Corn Summary: Everything that you could want a corn field to be at this stage of the season is right here. Population was very good, insects and disease pressure were low. The reason that this field will not see its full yield potential is because of heavy bird damage, upwards of 15%. Our yield calculation at our first stop is 160 bushels to the acre with a 31.5 ear count.
Delaware County Soybean Summary: This field was at R5 and had a canopy height of 42 inches. Disease and insect pressures were light here too and this field recently had a sprayer through it. These beans were planted into a rye cover crop and the first node started at 13 inches high. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor and Very Poor, we rate this field as Good.