Harvest progress from “Between the Rows”

Most of the soybeans in the state have been harvested.

Nationally corn harvest is 83% harvested compared to only 49% for the average year.  The soybeans are 91% harvested and the average pace should be only 72% complete.  Winter wheat is 88% planted and 64% emerged.  The first crop condition for wheat is at 41% good and 6% excellent and there is 39% in the fair category, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Ohio ooybean harvest is at 89% complete, up 20% from last year and up 13% from the average pace. Winter wheat is said to be 90% planted and 59% has emerged which is 8% ahead of the average for the state.  Most if not all of Ohio could use a good rain for the wheat crop.

For corn, 77% of the corn in the state has been harvested compared to 16% last year and 36% on the average.  Most continue to talk about average yields at 160 bushels and up.

Here is more from the “Between the Rows” farmers.

Jeff Roehm

Highland County

“We finished corn on Oct. 15. That is the earliest we’ve ever been done, especially when we have anything to fill the bins with. Usually when we finish early it is because there is nothing to haul.”

Despite the soggy start and the dry late-season conditions, the yields are strong on the farm and in the area. “We’ll probably average close to 160 bushels per acre for corn and probably 50 bushels on beans, but we still don’t have everything quite figured out. We’ve had better yields than that, but this is definitely above average. If we’d have gotten those late rains we would have had a record crop here.”

With harvest done early, there will be some extra time for fall work to be done. “Harvest was almost too easy. We had almost no interruptions. We’re planning on putting some tile in. It is supposed to rain all week and we’re kind of waiting on that. We’re hoping to get some moisture on the ground so it is not so hard and dry. We’re addressing some wet spots that we saw this spring. The wet spots that were drowned out really hurt our yields this year.”

The dry weather is now the problem. “It is very dry here. The wheat in the area is coming up but it could really use some moisture.”

Matt Bell

Muskingum County

“We’ve got one field of corn left to harvest. We’re a couple weeks ahead of normal still.  We also do some custom harvest we have to do yet, but we’re 95% done with everything.

It rained a little this morning when we were loading pigs, but it wasn’t enough to make anything wet. It is super dry here. It is ridiculously dry. We got a half-inch right in the middle of October and that is all we’ve gotten.

“I haven’t added up truck tickets, but the beans are between 50 and 60 bushels for an average, probably closer to 50 or 55 bushels. We had some non-GMO beans that were some of our best.

“Corn is probably a 165 to 175 bushel average. This last field we’re running is 14% moisture out of the field and a really good test weight. So, by the time we add everything up, the corn may be a little better. The yield is a little lower than I thought but the quality is excellent and we haven’t run our grain drier for 2.5 weeks. About the last third or half of the crop hasn’t had to be dried at all.

“We have some ditch mowing and a little tillage left to do. We have some fertilizer and lime left to apply. The manure has all been emptied out. We won’t have to come back and do much in the spring. It is hard to believe that it is Oct. 25 and we’re almost done, but harvest has gone well. I had a guy tell me this harvest has been like the movie Groundhog Day. Every day you got up and it’s been the same.”

Kevin Miller

Williams County

“I’ve been finished for over a week now. That is two weeks ahead of normal. We have not had any rain yet. We’re supposed to get wind and rain and thunderstorms tomorrow. “Harvest went really well. In a dry year you always have fewer breakdowns. Beans were just under 60 bushels and corn was just under 190 bushels for the average. I was pretty pleased with harvest.

“The last 90 acres of corn I had was planted Memorial Day weekend. I didn’t know how that was going to turn out. It was 19% moisture, which was wetter than everything else I had this year, but it yielded really well for being planted late.

“I am going to spray ‘Autumn’ on a lot of my ground to control winter annuals and keep things clean for the spring. Strip-tillage has been finished up. I did quite a bit of strip-till early and that went well. For the strip-till I did in October, the ground was drier and cloddier than I wanted, but I think through the winter it will mellow out just fine.

“The wheat is doing surprisingly well. It seemed too dry for it to come up, but it did. It definitely needs rain, though. I planted the wheat a little deeper this year and I’m glad I did. I think everyone is pretty happy with the way things turned out for the season we have had.”

Steve Reinhard

Crawford County

“We finished up with harvest yesterday. I would say that this was still a couple weeks ahead and we really didn’t have to hit it that hard. We had very few breakdowns and really good weather. It was enjoyable. We haven’t had any rain that stopped us. We don’t have much tillage work done yet, though.

“Everything averaged pretty well. The beans were in the high 50s. Corn was up from our average, but way off of 2009. The corn was in the mid-190s. We dried the first three loads of corn and we never dried a load after that. We were taking 112-day corn out of the field at 14% moisture.

“If we had 8 less inches of rain early in the season, we would’ve been on par with 2009. I hate to say that, because we now we are to the point where we are wanting rain.

“The wheat that got put in late September looks pretty good. The wheat that went in the first week or two of October is really looking thin right now. It just needs water. They are also saying there could be high winds.

“We’re pretty pleased and we’re making plans for next year. We’re buying inputs as we can before higher prices set in. We’re also trying to decide if putting corn in the bins is worth the hassle. A lot of the elevators, though, are still tight on space right now.”

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