2018 Between the Rows


  • ProfitZach Profit
    Van Wert County

    Zach Profit

    We talked about spraying Sunday but we did not because it got windy. We are starting this morning to get that going so we can plant beans at a decent time. The sunlight is giving the weeds a head start. There is some marestail getting started out there.

    It looks like there is some rain in the forecast but it doesn’t look like anything heavy. My attention is on the temperature. It looks like late this week there are temperatures in the 70s. We just haven’t been warm here.

    We have been lacking sunshine and heat. I think we are going to get that. If it gets fit here mid-week, I think we are going to go ahead and start planting if we don’t get that rain. I don’t see any toad strangler rains in the forecast yet. We are still a little what we call goobery. It is dry on top but underneath it is still like Play Dough.

    I think we’ll see a lot of burndown spray applications around here today but there won’t be planters rolling just yet. We prefer planting in May to begin with and if we get pushed into May by the weather that is probably a good thing. We have some heavier dirt here. Once the calendar says May 1, though, we hit it hard.

    Soil moisture is adequate. The tiles are still running a little. We don’t have anything near the droughty conditions in some parts of the country.

    In some black, worked ground, the soil temp three or four inches down is at 46 degrees this morning. This should be warming up the quickest and it is a little chilly yet. Cold and wet is not a good combination in our area. A little cold rain on top of that usually spells disaster.

    The tile plow is my tool that keeps me from doing something dumb with the planter. This time of year tile keeps me from looking at what the neighbors are doing.

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  • Dan Uetrecht, Warren CountyDan Uetrecht
    Warren County

    Dan Uetrecht

    We have gotten our wheat sprayed with herbicide and fungicide. A lot of the neighbors just got spraying Saturday and Sunday. The cover crops are taking off and we have held off on spraying with the rain maybe coming today or tomorrow. I don’t want to kill the cover crops before a rain because then instead of taking up water they become shade and the fields stay wet.

    After we get by this rain it looks like we have a good forecast after that and I think there is a chance we could be planting by the end of the week. The ground is in really good shape right now.

    We fixed some tile and the moisture is really close to being where it needs to be. The sun popped out and we got a little wind and it made a huge difference. We have mowed grass, the trees have leaves on them and everything is budding. We have 30 acres of hay and it is growing now. Mother Nature decided it is time.

    The last big rain we had left some holes in the wheat that have showed up. The rest of the wheat is really growing now, though, and is looking really good. We may spray another fungicide before it comes to head.

    When it is ready we’ll start spraying corn and bean acres. Once the cover crops are dead we’ll start running both planters. I’ve been doing this for maybe 30 years. I don’t get nearly as antsy as I used to but I do get excited. This is an exciting time to get ready and grow a crop. We’ll be patient until it’s time.

    I have sure been encouraged with the markets. Even with all of the political chatter and the Chinese tariffs, the markets have stayed neutral to strong. It has given me the opportunity to sell some more new crop beans at a good price and some July wheat for next year. The fear with these tariffs was that the market was just going to blow up but other than that first day or two, the market stayed strong.

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  • A.J. BaltesAJ Baltes
    Mahoning County

    AJ Baltes

    We’re hoping to get things dried out enough to maybe get the wheat sidedressed this week. It is almost 70 degrees right now and it dried out pretty well over the weekend. We got three inches last Sunday and we got more rain through the week. One or two mornings we had some snow. It looks like we are supposed to get more rain and then maybe dry out a little. Down south of us it gets a little hillier and most of the wheat has been sidedressed and they have been able to get in to get some manure spread and some field work done.

    The cover crops are greening up but they really haven’t taken off yet. Once it gets really warm I think they will really take off. Everything seems pretty consistent with the cover crops. There were a few spots that froze out over winter but they are coming along.

    I was talking to a neighbor recently and he thought May 13 was when they got started last year so this is still pretty normal. We usually don’t get in much before the middle of May.

    We got some corn and beans sold for in the fall when the prices went up. Now I’d guess the markets will depend on what the weather does.

    If we don’t get the wheat sidedressed this week that will be the first thing we do when we can get back in. Then we will want to get the fertilizer spread and get started with planting as soon as it warms up enough. We have some custom lime and gypsum applications we need to work in along with everything else.

    We usually end up planting beans first. We have had better luck doing that.

    In this area, whatever the lake temperature is, the soil temperature is pretty close. I haven’t looked lately at what it is but it is pretty cold.

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  • Glenn Harsh, Delaware CountyGlenn Harsh
    Delaware County

    Glenn Harsh

    We worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work.

    With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so we want to hold off on spraying.  We are sort of in a holding pattern now because we don’t really do any tillage work so we are finishing up additions to our planter and moving seed.

    The cover crops are looking much better. The fields that were thin are filling in. It is mainly the ryegrass that is growing in right now. I don’t see a lot of other species really growing much out there yet.

    After this series of rains this week, I would guess that we could get going next week. There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow and Wednesday and some chance on Thursday and Friday. Next week looks pretty good for us and we’ll be ready to roll at that time.

    I took a soil temperature reading yesterday and it was 40 degrees at four inches in the morning and that is about what the weather maps are showing too. For mid-day it is only getting up to 47 to 49 degrees. That is not warm enough to facilitate germination and with the outlook of rainy weather, that could be really scary.

    I saw there was some anhydrous going on around the state and maybe some spraying over the weekend but that is about the extent of it. After this weather pattern goes through we’ll be ready to go.

    We are finishing up some variable rate seeding maps and implementing farm management software this year and I am trying to gets guys trained on that too. I like to get started in April but I am not nervous yet. We can get planted fairly quickly. I want to see soil temperatures in the 50- to 55-degree range so we can get the crops up and growing quickly.

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April 23, AJ Baltes

We’re hoping to get things dried out enough to maybe get the wheat sidedressed this week. It is almost 70 degrees right now and it dried out pretty well over the weekend. We got three inches last Sunday and we got more rain through the week. One or two mornings we had some snow. It [...]

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April 23, Zach Profit

We talked about spraying Sunday but we did not because it got windy. We are starting this morning to get that going so we can plant beans at a decent time. The sunlight is giving the weeds a head start. There is some marestail getting started out there. It looks like there is some rain [...]

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Dan Uetrecht, April 23

We have gotten our wheat sprayed with herbicide and fungicide. A lot of the neighbors just got spraying Saturday and Sunday. The cover crops are taking off and we have held off on spraying with the rain maybe coming today or tomorrow. I don’t want to kill the cover crops before a rain because then [...]

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Glenn Harsh, April 23

We worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work. With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so [...]

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Zach Profit, April 9

I haven’t paid much attention to how much rain we’ve gotten. I just know we’re wet and cold. There hasn’t been much to get too excited about. Hopefully the rain stops. I turned my rain gauge upright the other day and we’re going to start keeping track of that. It was windy up here but [...]

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Dan Uetrecht, April 9

We’ve been pretty slow like everyone else. We had close to three inches of rain the other day. I’ve lost track of all the gloomy, rainy cloudy days but one day and one night it never stopped raining. We got some higher winds but nothing that caused damage. The wheat looks good and is greening [...]

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AJ Baltes, April 9

We got a couple of inches of rain and some high winds and then it changed to snow. It all melted right away. There has been some flooding around here. It is pretty par for the course for this time of year though. The wheat is starting to green up and looks a little better [...]

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Glenn Harsh, April 9

We have not done anything in the field other than we got out and soil tested one day. The cover crops are starting to green up again and we can see them out there where they were thin. They are moving in the right direction. The first warm spell they looked like they were coming [...]

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Zach Profit, March 26

We are located in south central Van Wert County in northwest Ohio. We are farming short of 3,800 acres — my dad, my brother, my mom, and myself. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat, though this year we don’t have any wheat. We could use some wheat to spread the workload out but it was [...]

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Dan Uetrecht, March 26

My father moved here in 1965 and we mainly were a cattle and hog operation but have slowly evolved out of livestock to just grain farming. You can see the farm from Interstate-71 by Caesar’s Creek Lake. We have a rotation of corn, beans and wheat. We have 150 to 200 acres of wheat every [...]

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Glenn Harsh, March 26

I’m a fifth generation farmer in Delaware County. We have about 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans. We sell seed, we have a crop consulting business called Precision Soil Tek, I sell cover crops, and my wife is a crop insurance agent for rain and hail. The economics of wheat don’t work well for us [...]

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A.J. Baltes, March 26

I’m a fourth generation farmer. We farm about 1,000 acres in a corn-bean-wheat rotation with a little bit of hay. We used to have dairy cows but we sold those about six years ago. The wheat doesn’t look too bad around here. The last few freezes we’ve had were a little rough, but winter wasn’t [...]

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