AJ Baltes

A.J. Baltes is serving as a 2018 Between the Rows farmer. He is a fourth generation farmer from from Mahoning County. He farms about 1,000 acres in a corn-bean-wheat rotation with a little bit of hay. They used to have dairy cows but they sold the cows about six years ago.


AJ Baltes, Sept. 10

We got 4.75 inches of rain this weekend. It is still sprinkling but it looks like it is pretty well done. There is a little flooding here and there but nothing really widespread. It was a pretty slow rain up until Sunday morning. I think the late soybeans still needed …

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AJ Baltes, Aug. 24

We finally got some rain. Early last week we got 1.75 inches and I heard anywhere from 2.5 inches down to .75-inch rains around here. It came down pretty hard for the first 1.25 inches and we got the other half inch in two other rains after that, so it …

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AJ Baltes, Aug. 6

We are still dry but two weeks ago we got about 2.5 inches of rain. That helped perk things up, but it is amazing how fast it dries out. I think it is supposed to be over 90 degrees again today. Some of the corn is still pollinating and some …

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AJ Baltes, July 23

We could use an inch or two of rain now. We got a couple quick showers for maybe a half-inch total this weekend and we had a quick shower last Monday. We are dry but the beans haven’t really showed too much stress yet and the corn is kind of …

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AJ Baltes, July 9

We had a few problems with test weight but it has only been a few guys. Wheat has been averaging around 60 bushels and mostly the test weight has been good. There was quite a bit of straw out there. We didn’t want the rain before, but now we need …

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AJ Baltes, June 25

We finally got everything planted on the 18th or 19th. We were down to the wire on the crop insurance dates. We have had some decent heat but today is pretty cloudy. I think we only got .2-inch of rain over the weekend. We are still waiting on the last …

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AJ Baltes, June 8

They are calling for an inch or more of rain this weekend. We finished planting corn on June 3 and we are waiting on some dry ground so we can finish planting beans. We have about 200 acres left. If we could just get a dry two or three days …

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May 25, A.J. Baltes

Two weeks ago Wednesday we got 85 acres of beans in. They are not sprayed yet but they are in. The weekend of May 18 we were able to pick away a little on some dry corn fields and we got maybe 60 acres of corn in but that’s about …

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May 7, A.J. Baltes

There are a few guys who have gotten out to plant but we got more rain again. There are a handful of guys who have started planting around here but we haven’t started yet. Ground temperatures are still kind of cold. The forecast is calling for nice weather until Thursday, …

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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 …

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