Between the Rows-June 7th

Steve Reinhard, Crawford County

“In Crawford County, farmers finished with most of the planting in the last week of May. However, the rain has continued to fall since Memorial Day, when we got 4.5 inches through Sunday morning for a total of 8 to 10 inches for the week. As bad as it was, it could have been worse like it was to our north and south.

“Friends in Wyandot County are still trying to get some crops in and in some cases abandoning corn, while friends in Ashland County are looking decent. A friend of ours south of Bucyrus replanted beans that got frosted in low areas only to see the water laying on them now.

“The bean fields here are really spotty with places still under water, and the damage to the corn is starting to show. Other then that, the crops that are growing are looking good, although some disease is being found in seedlings of corn and beans. Now we just need things to dry out a bit. The wet weather has slowed weed control — thank goodness for Roundup and sidedress applications.”

As the weather warms up this summer, so will Ohio politics, and agriculture is on the agenda. “We in crop, livestock or both types of agriculture need to keep vigilant at state and local events this summer and fall. Anti-agriculture groups are out to make us look bad, especially those with livestock. Let’s not give them any fuel for their cause. We need to promote our positive industry message of safe, abundant and cheap food for everyone.”

Matt Bell, Muskingum County

“We’ve gotten 4 inches since Friday evening and that was everything we had last week. We didn’t get storms a couple of days when others did. The river has really come up and there’s not much we can do about it. The river gets up and backs in the low places along the banks. The corn is tall enough that it will take quite a bit of water to do a lot of damage — that may save us in some areas. I’m afraid we’ll be dealing with high water for awhile because they have been getting pummeled with rain to the north of us. All the rain that they get has to come this way. We may not get the rain here but we still have to deal with the water.”

The high water has caused a number of problems. “It definitely did some damage. We have water lying in the low areas where the crops will be stunted for the rest of the year. We had to replant 10 acres or so of corn in drowned out spots. We haven’t replanted any beans yet.”

Fieldwork, and crop progress, has been continuing despite the weather challenges. “We’ve got almost all of our corn sidedressed. We had some slug damage earlier, but the corn has outgrown that. It was bad in some places, but nothing that is going to have a big effect on yield.

“I wish we could’ve spread out that rain through the rest of the month, but, by in large, we’re lucky. We’re not flooded everywhere and we got everything planted.”

Jeff Roehm, Highland County

“We really have not had that much rain at once, but we got a little bit of rain everyday. We had over 2 inches over the last week. It has been enough to keep us wet and out of the fields. The rain has been very spotty. I think some people had a couple 2-inch rains in places. It would rain in one place and not in another place a half mile away.

“I am actually sidedressing right now and probably shouldn’t be, but we’ve got corn getting ahead of us. The ground is pretty moist and we really haven’t had a long enough dry spell to do anything. I hope to finish up sidedressing today.

“With all of the sun, the corn has been growing 2 or 3 inches overnight and looking really good. The beans are also looking excellent. Early stuff is probably 5 to 6 inches tall and looking good. There are a few holes out there from wet spots but nothing terrible at all. There was some ponding from this last rain, but I think our crops are tall enough that they should be alright.”

Pest and disease problems are limited so far. “We do not have pest problems to be concerned about yet. We did have some early slug damage in some of our corn after wheat from last year, but there hasn’t been anything bad enough to really concern me yet. We don’t have diseases to be concerned with yet either.

“We replanted some beans in low spots last week. Beyond that, we probably won’t be doing any more. Now we’re going to watch for diseases and get ready to spray some beans with Roundup. Surprisingly, the weed control is holding up pretty well. I thought we’d be seeing some more weed problems for as warm and wet as it has been.”

Kevin Miller, Williams County

“There were a number of tornadoes east of us south of Delta and down into Wood County and we’ve had anywhere from 3 on up to 8 inches of rain in the last two weeks. One farm will get hit with 4 inches and another one will get a quarter-inch, and in a different shot of rain it will switch around. It has just been pretty frustrating. There are a fair amount of beans — maybe 20% of the crop — that need to go in the ground yet. I am hearing about a lot of guys giving up on corn.

“I got finished up planting everything on Memorial Day. I was going to patch in a couple cornfields, but decided to give up on that. Anywhere there is no tile or there are low pockets, it is not looking good. In general, there are some very good fields, but it varies a lot depending on the type of ground, whether its tiled and how much rain it has gotten. I was able to get two-thirds of sidedressing done, but it was tough.

“I have seen some diseases in the wheat, but I was able to get it sprayed with Prosaro fungicide and an insecticide right after heading. The wheat looks really good. I am optimistic about the wheat. I don’t have a lot of pest problems except in one field that was wheat last year and no-till beans this year.”

Making hay has been a challenge. “I was able to get two-thirds of my hay made last week. I baled it wet and wrapped it right before the last heavy rain. I have another 20 acres to make and I’d like to find a dry spell to cut it. It doesn’t look like we’ll get that this week and it is getting pretty far along. Tuesday night they’re calling for rain again.”

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