Between the Rows 2013


  • John Hoffman, Pickaway CountyJohn Hoffman
    Pickaway County

    John Hoffman

    “I think everyone is making really good strides. There are a lot of neighbors finishing up. I am guessing our area is 95% done on soybeans. There are still a few fields out here or there. Corn, I am guessing, is 80% or 85% done. Things are basically wrapping up around here.

    “Everybody has been really happy with corn yields and pretty happy with soybeans. There have been a few fields around here in the 40s, but I have heard some guys talking about 70 bushel beans too. I am interested to see what the county and state average yields will be. Without a doubt there will be some pretty good numbers.

    “We have the dry fertilizer spread and the corn stalks sprayed. All my double-crop ground has been sprayed too. Our double-crop beans were in the 30s and 40s. We had them planted pretty early and the finished up on either side of 40 bushels. “When you are double-cropping every single day has a huge impact. A lot of beans around here went in on the 10th and ours were in much earlier. It all depended on when you got your wheat off and your beans planted. The wheat stands look really nice and has a great color. We are pretty happy with how things turned out. Mother Nature was really kind this year.”

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  • RALSTONPaul Ralston
    Hardin County

    Paul Ralston

    “I have 25 acres left to go. I had more water damage than I thought we had. We still have pretty good yields, and it may still average out to be the best year ever, but not as far above as what I thought it could have been. I think we’ll average in the 160- or 170- range, which would not be the best year we’ve ever had, but it is still not bad corn. We had a lot of rain there early on and in the low holes there is just not much corn there.

    “The yield monitor would go from below 100 to 250. There has been a wide range this year. The well-drained fields were more consistent, but even they had some lower spots for yield. We will be on the border with whether we will capture anything from insurance due to the lower prices.

    “We had one variety that was goose-necked something awful and it was a challenge. It was down a lot worse than I thought it would be and you couldn’t tell where the rows were.

    “The beans did better than I thought. They averaged in the low 50s and I was thrilled to death with that. I had one neighbor who said he did well when he got 40. We did a lot of management and spent a lot of money to get those beans there, but I was pleasantly surprised with the beans this year.”

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  • ROEHMLouie Rehm
    Wayne County

    Louie Rehm

    “We got the beans done over the weekend, got our lime spread and a lot of manure has been hauled. We still have 80 acres of corn to left to harvest but we’re in better shape now that we got caught up on these other things. We’re running out of room because we have had a really good corn crop this year.

    “We’re going to average in the upper 220s or 230s straight through. We had some fields average in the 270s and 280s. I knew it was going to be good when I was chopping and it stayed good the whole way through.

    “We had test plots average 89.5-bushel beans in the test plots. We had some 102-bushel beans in the best ground. They were planted at the right time. We need to plant in the first and second week of May here and waiting to plant paid off here. The lowest beans we had were in the 50s on up to 100 bushels. When the corn emerged, it just kept going. We planted some of our best corn on May 15.

    “The wheat was planted into wet conditions, which we don’t like, but it has turned out pretty good so far. We left the hay out for a cover crop and it got knee high. We had good growing conditions yet in October.

    “It was a good growing season for everything. This is one of the first years I have seen where the corn was excellent, the beans were excellent, the wheat, hay, oats — everything was good all the way through. You don’t see many years like that. We were in a garden spot. We missed a few rains early this spring that really helped us and really hurt some other guys.”

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  • LongfellowDoug Longfellow
    Darke County

    Doug Longfellow

    “A lot of people have wrapped up here in the last couple of days. We are still getting a fair amount of corn and there are still plenty of parts of western Ohio where there is corn standing. We have really had some pretty decent weather in the past couple of weeks to get things done.

    “I hear yields all over the board from average to above average to extremely above average. Everybody is about at average or above, just how far above is different from 10% above to 30 or 40% above.

    “Most people are just relieved that the market did not tank on Friday. The markets are getting a little more accurate numbers now. I think we’re going to see a more steady market without as many spikes as we have seen in recent years. That is going to take watching things a little more closely for opportunities to sell.

    “I think there are a lot of things that can happen around the world and there will be some selling opportunities. They may not be very big, but there will be opportunities.

    “They are going to have to try to buy this corn to get it out of storage. Those could be some bright spots. I think beans are still good for the farmer at $11.  Beans are not that expensive to put out and I think that is a good opportunity right now to lock prices in for next year.

    “I have opened a handful of corn claims because of price loss. The price is around a dollar and a quarter less from spring, but in many cases the extra bushels make up for that. I have to go through the math with each producer. In most cases there is not much of a claim because of those higher bushels.”

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Nov. 11

“We got the beans done over the weekend, got our lime spread and a lot of manure has been hauled. We still have 80 acres of corn to left to harvest but we’re in better shape now that we got caught up on these other things. We’re running out of room because we have had [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Nov. 11

“I have 25 acres left to go. I had more water damage than I thought we had. We still have pretty good yields, and it may still average out to be the best year ever, but not as far above as what I thought it could have been. I think we’ll average in the 160- [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Nov. 11

“I think everyone is making really good strides. There are a lot of neighbors finishing up. I am guessing our area is 95% done on soybeans. There are still a few fields out here or there. Corn, I am guessing, is 80% or 85% done. Things are basically wrapping up around here. “Everybody has been [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Nov. 11

“A lot of people have wrapped up here in the last couple of days. We are still getting a fair amount of corn and there are still plenty of parts of western Ohio where there is corn standing. We have really had some pretty decent weather in the past couple of weeks to get things [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Oct. 28

“We got all of the beans cut in six days. We just got in the cab and didn’t slow down. We don’t have a big range in maturity and they were all pretty much the same. There was a lot of water damage and most of the beans were only knee high. As much water [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Oct. 28

“The big news is that our baby boy was born on the 13th, right in the middle of drying corn. He was two weeks early and the timing was horrible — not that we are not thankful. “We are finished up with harvest. We finished beans and corn on Friday the 18th. That is a [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Oct. 28

“We are done with corn and first crop soybeans. We’ve still got double-crops to cut but they still have moisture in them and are not quite ready.  I think they will make for decent beans. The few double-crop beans we have cut have done well, but they were planted pretty early. The wheat is up [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Oct. 28

“The last two weeks have been cloudy and drizzly and it has not been good going. The wheat we planted after corn silage is looking great. The wheat we planted two weeks ago when the ground was a little heavier is not doing so well. This week is supposed to be warmer and that will help [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Oct. 7

“Our drought conditions are over. We got between 2.5 and 3 inches of rain from Friday through Sunday. We were making good progress. We finished beans on Sept. 27. Usually it is the first couple of days in October when we finish. We planted them early and they dried down well. We had some high [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Oct. 7

“This would have been a beautiful rain on the first of August. We got just shy of 3 inches. I would guess we are out until at least the weekend unless we get some sunshine. “We did get our wheat in and it is coming up. We generally plant wheat in our drier soils so [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Oct. 7

“We had 2.7 inches of rain. It was just getting ready to go for corn and beans and it turned wet. We’re ready to go as soon as the weather cooperates. There has only been a very small amount of corn and beans done around here. The bean yields I have heard have been 40 [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Oct. 7

“We’re not floating away, but we don’t need any more rain. We’ve gotten 2.5 inches and it is pretty wet. There may be more at the end of the week depending on where the hurricane goes. We should have beans ready by the time it does dry up. “I still have the combine set for [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Sept. 23

“We are more than half done with corn. We have been hitting it pretty hard. We’re seeing corn between 175 and 200 bushels, some a little better than that. I haven’t calculated what whole fields have made. Where there was too much water and emergence issues early in the season, that will play a role [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Sept. 23

“We flew on some cereal rye last week and it was nice to get a couple of inches of rain Friday night that really helped it.  We’re probably still a couple of weeks away from cutting beans. I have been thinking about trying some corn to make sure the dryer is working right. “The neighbor [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Sept. 23

“We got a little bit of fifth cutting hay done and it was good. I am going to finish mowing hay today hopefully. We still don’t have the quality, but we have the quantity. We are 70% done with corn silage. It is very consistently good corn. Our silo was completely empty this year and [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Sept. 23

“There have been a fair amount of beans and corn run. It has been drier out here so we could get in a little earlier.  We have run about 170 acres of beans. There have been some pleasant surprises. We have been about 20% above average so far on soybeans. The average should be north [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Sept. 9

“This dry weather is starting to take a toll on soybeans, I believe. I think it has been at least two weeks since we have gotten much precipitation. We are extremely dry. Soybeans are definitely losing yield right now. I planted some maturities to get beans off early and get wheat planted. They look pretty [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Sept. 9

“It just looks great. We got about three tenths of an inch of rain on Labor Day, which should be enough to finish the crops. I’ve talked to guys in other areas that are hurting bad. “Harvest is still a long ways off. Some of the corn is just getting past the milk stage. Silage [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Sept. 9

“We had another batch of storms last weekend and we got a quarter of an inch. It was better than nothing, but we still have less than an inch in the last 30 days. We’re still not complaining and we will have something decent to harvest. The timing was not that great with the dry [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Sept. 9

“I am just cleaning up at the Hardin County Fair. The weather was great and the kids got paid pretty well, so I think it went alright. “Two weeks ago we got an inch of rain or so, but we haven’t really gotten much rain since. If we got a rain, some of these later [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Aug. 26

“We got a little over an inch of rain last week. We were getting a little dry, but I am not happy I have to mow grass again, though I was glad to get the rain. I am driving around this morning looking at corn fields and I am pretty excited. Things look pretty good. [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Aug. 26

“We have had some pretty decent rain in August. We could use another rain any time for the soybeans, but I think the corn is pretty well done.  At some point in time I will go out and do some pod counts. We’ll probably have some corn that will be ready to go in maybe [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Aug. 26

“We got a half a tenth of rain on Thursday and the southern part of the county got 2 inches. We are extremely dry and we are losing corn yield every day. What we thought was going to be above average corn is now getting closer to average corn. I walked a bunch of fields [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Aug. 26

“We had over an inch of rain last Thursday and it has been hard to make hay but everything else just looks as great as can be. We’re on fourth cutting with the hay and it has been hard to dry with the cloudy weather and damp days. The trees started to turn the first [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Aug. 12

“I have some corn I wish I would have sold a month ago that we’re going to get cleaned out of the bin. I found a few aphids in the beans and we’re right on the edge of whether we need to spray or not. We aren’t sure if we should put more money into [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, Aug. 12

“What happened to August? We went from July to September. It is supposed to warm up here for a couple of days, but then get cool again toward the end of the week. I think we are looking at a later harvest because of this cool weather we have been having. It really set the [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Aug. 12

“We got 1.8 inches this week. Soybeans look really good and the rain was crucial. Our corn crop is pretty well done. If we got another rain next week we might add some test weight. The corn looks pretty good out there. We have been a shade cooler, but our double-crops are growing well. I [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Aug. 12

“We got anywhere from .75 inch to 2 inches of rain last week. Some of the corn could use more because we are still plenty dry. We have not gotten that much rain this season and we could use more. “We are in prime filling time for corn kernels and bean pods. Our earliest maturity [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, July 22

“We’re getting a nice sprinkle right now, maybe a tenth or so, and the weather has cooled down some so that is making us happy. We did not receive as much rain as they did further north. We haven’t had any high water damage or anything. “The beans are really shaping up and looking good. [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, July 22

“We are just adequate on moisture. We got four-tenths last week, but with the rain we got things are looking just great. The wheat was pretty good. It was running right in the mid-80s. We had one load out and it was just over 59 test weight and no sprouts so far. There is still [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County , July 22

“Between yesterday and this morning we’ve had an inch and eight tenths of rain and it has come really nice and easy. I couldn’t be happier. Two weeks ago I was ready for it to shut off and it did. The fields dried up, though, and it was time for another shot of rain. “I [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, July 22

“We got maybe a tenth this morning and the rain was very spotty over the weekend. We had an inch total, but it ranged everywhere from a tenth to 1.5 inches. We’re still on the dry side here. The beans love this but the corn could use another shot of rain. We’ll take what we’ve [...]

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Wheat Cab Cam — Mike Bush

Ohio’s Country Journal’s Kim Lemmon stopped to visit with Mike Bush of Morrow County to see how wheat harvest was progressing. The harvesting of the 1,000 acres of wheat planted by these Morrow County farmers has been delayed this year due to the wet weather.

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, July 8

“When you’re cutting wheat there is a very limited time. My dad always says there are three days for cutting wheat: a day too early, a day just right and a day too late. We were fortunate that we missed a couple of rains and got our wheat harvested. We finished up on July 1. [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, July 8

“We’ve been missing a lot of these rains. We’re just at adequate moisture right now. We had a half-inch of rain on Saturday night and before that we just got a few tenths. We haven’t had the big rains like a lot of people. “The corn looks awesome. I don’t know that I have ever [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, July 8

“We have had plenty of moisture, but it is not overboard. Most guys in our area are bringing in wheat that is 17% to 20% moisture, so it is still plenty wet.  With all of the rain every day, they are concerned about getting it out of the field. All of the yields are looking [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, July 8

“Two weeks ago I said I wanted rain, but now I am ready to shut her down a little. We got another 1.5 inches last night and in the last two weeks we are almost at 8 inches of rain. Most of the rains have been .7 or .5 at a time. It has been [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, June 24

“In the southern part of the county they have been getting nice rains and the northern part of Hardin County they have had plenty of rain, but there is an area right in the middle that has not been getting some of these showers. We have been getting rain here, but just not as much [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, June 24

“We did not get any of the rain yesterday. It sounds like they got their fair share further north in Delaware. Our early maturity wheat is off and there is some other wheat being cut down here. We harvested our first wheat on Thursday and Friday. We will bale some of the straw from that. [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, June 24

“We got the big two-inch rain from the wind storm they were talking about and we haven’t had any since. There have been spotty storms right around us where some places got up to 1.5 inches. We didn’t get a drop. We were kind of disappointed about that. “The corn is starting to curl a [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, June 24,

“We got two inches of rain in one field down the road and where I live we got five tenths. We’re doing fairly well with moisture so far, but those hot days really pull it out fast. We have all of our corn sidedressed. The corn and soybeans up here were looking really good but [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway Conty, June 10

“I am glad I replanted that corn. Some of my corn did struggle on the tighter white clays. The replanted corn has emerged nicely and things look pretty good right now.   “We finally got some rain 10 days ago when we got nine tenths. We have another three or four tenths this morning. At [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, June 10

“The replanted corn is so much nicer. Now I wish I had replanted more. Because of the frost, the rest of the corn is stunted back and doesn’t look so good.   “The second cutting hay is looking super. We’ll start mowing it again in a week and a half or so. The first cutting [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, June 10

“We got two or three tenths last night and this morning. We need some rain and tenths aren’t going to do it. We need a couple of inches.   “We have the best stands I have probably ever had. We had a few emergence issues with corn, but nothing bad enough to go in and [...]

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Doug Longfellow, June 10

“We got four or five tenths this morning and we’ll take it. We haven’t really had a good soaker since April. We only had an inch of rain in May. We’re a little short on moisture and a good soaker is really what we need.   “Stands are as good as we can expect. When [...]

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, May 24

“We finished planting, but we had some crusting issues and we’re doing a little replanting with corn. In the worst areas, stands were reduced 50% to 70%. In some of the lower areas of the field that did not emerge as quickly, there was some crusting with the high winds and the heat. I am [...]

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Doug Longfellow, Darke County, May 24

“We finished on Wednesday last week. We’re really pleased with the planting dates and everything is coming up really nicely. We really haven’t gotten much rain in the area. They were calling for rain so we were really pushing to get things done, but we still haven’t seen much rain. We need a shower before [...]

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Louie Rehm, Wayne County, May 24

“Yesterday I was mowing hay in the afternoon. I pulled into the field with the air conditioner on and by the time I pulled out of the field I had the heater on. It changed that fast. Ain’t farming fun! “We got the corn all planted. With the machinery we have today we can go [...]

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Paul Ralston, Hardin Co., May 24

“I didn’t look at the rain gauge, but we couldn’t have gotten much more than a couple of tenths of rain and we need some moisture. It was hit or miss with the rains, but we couldn’t ask for any better crops. We finished Monday. We planted 550 acres of beans in two and a [...]

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Paul Ralston, May 13

“We’re right at 50% on corn and we haven’t planted any beans. We got the burndown all sprayed. By Friday, we ought to be able to start planting some beans. We have right at 400 acres of corn planted. We got .8-inch of rain this weekend. I am hoping we can get back into the [...]

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Doug Longfellow, May 13

“We finished planting corn last week and we got a half-inch of rain here at the shop on Friday. We’ve planted a few beans, but we’re going to hit it tonight or tomorrow and just let that half-inch dry a little bit. We’re going to spray today. We got our burndown and 2,4-D on the [...]

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John Hoffman, May 13

“If we had a few days of sun, we could dry up a bit. We can hopefully plant soybeans on a few hundred acres of some of our ground with better drainage in gravelly soils. There is a good probability we can plant tomorrow, but the majority of the ground is still pretty damp. “We [...]

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Louie Rehm, May 13

“We had frost this morning. Down in the bottoms it was white. I think it got down to 29 degrees — it was chilly. I have about 70% of the corn planted and haven’t planted any beans yet. We had .9-inch of rain on Friday. It looks like rain Wednesday or Thursday with some warmer [...]

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Louie Rehm

“I live in Orrville and I farm about 600 acres. We have around 300 head of beef year round with wheat, hay, corn and soybeans. We probably have better than 100 acres of hay. If some of it looks bad after first cutting, we take it out and put beans in. There is a very [...]

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Paul Ralston

“I am a fifth generation farmer on one side and sixth on the other side. I started farming after my dad passed away in 2003. My mom and I farm together. It works out really well. It is just us with one employee. Mom is the combine operator and the gopher and she does whatever [...]

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John Hoffman

“We’re a corn, soybean, wheat rotation with around 45% corn 45% beans and 10% wheat. If we can double-crop by July 5, we will double-crop all of our wheat acres. Wheat harvest usually get started in our area around the 23rd or 25th of June, so it is a lot earlier than northern Ohio which [...]

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Doug Longfellow

“I am the third generation on the farm and I farm with my dad. We farm about 1,000 acres between him and I with the custom farming we do. I also sell crop insurance and work at Rogers Grain elevator in Covington. My wife and I have one daughter and one on the way in [...]

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