“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 [...]Read More
Between the Rows 2013
- John Hoffman
- Paul Ralston
- Louie Rehm
- Doug Longfellow
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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- [...]Read More
“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 [...]Read More
“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 [...]Read More
“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 [...]Read More
“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 [...]Read More
“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 [...]Read More
“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 [...]Read More
“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 [...]Read More
“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 [...]Read More