Harvest update from Between the Rows

Harvest continues well ahead of schedule for farmers around the state.

Here in Ohio you have been very busy with harvest and wheat planting. Corn harvest jumped 11% during the week to 47% complete. Corn mature is 95% and average is 83%.

Soybeans are now 60% harvested that is up 17% from last week and well ahead of the average 40%.  Soybeans mature are said to be 89%, up from 80% last week.

Winter wheat planting is now 56% complete up from last week’s 30% and 12% ahead of the average pace.

Kevin Miller

Williams County

“There has been a lot of progress in the last two weeks. We’ve only had a half-inch of rain in that time and everything is dry. The ground is dry and the crops are dry. We have a 40% chance of rain tonight and another chance tomorrow.”

The wheat crop needs rain. “My wheat is all in. The wheat I planted right after fly free is really nice. I planted some the first of October and it is not up. It needs a rain.”

Corn harvest is nearing completion. “I finished beans and I have 90 acres of corn left that I planted on Memorial Day. It is wet for this year at 22% moisture. Corn has been coming out of the field between 15% and 17% moisture. I have heard about guys at 13%. It has been dry and yields have varied. I had some of the best corn I ever raised on my good ground but the yields were low on the high ground. It will end up around 190 bushels per acre for an average, which is better than my five-year average.

“Usually when you get a wet spring and a hot, dry summer that is about the worst conditions we could have. So I am pretty pleased with the yields of both crops. I am really pleased with my strip-till this year. I think that helped conserve the moisture in the corn. And, a lot of it has to do with the genetics of these crops.”

The soybean harvest is wrapped up and the crop will average around 60 bushels per acre. “I was pretty pleased with that, which is right at my average. The early beans were a record and the later beans were 45 to 55 bushels because of the lack of rain late in the season.

“I am 2 to 2.5 weeks ahead. I usually finish by Halloween and I may be able to finish up by this Wednesday. I already have most of my fall tillage done.”

Jeff Roehm

Highland County

“We’re getting close to the end of harvest. We finished beans last Thursday and we’ll finish corn by the end of the week. The bean leaves and stems were very green in some places, but they were at 8% to 10% moisture. Some of the green stems kept our speed down, but we still got though it pretty well. The yields were very good. We averaged over 50 bushels per acre with all the beans and we’re happy with that. We had a range of 45 bushels up to yields in the 60s.

“We have 400 acres to go of corn. We’re happy that the markets went up and we’re happy to take advantage of it. The corn stalks have not been a problem. Everything seems to be standing up pretty well. There are no disease problems. We had one field where there was a wind storm by our house that we harvested early in case there were problems.”

Yields have also been strong for corn. “Corn has been yielding in a range of 150 bushels to 180 bushels per acre with a 160 average or so. It is definitely variable across the field. If we’d gotten those late season rains, we’d have had a bumper crop. We’re very pleased with 160 bushels, though. And, two weeks ago the corn moisture was around 20%. Now it is at 13.5%.

“We’re planning to put some tile in. It looks like we’ll have plenty of time to get that done. Most of the area is about the same as us in terms of the harvest. We’re at least two weeks ahead, maybe more than that. We like to finish beans by Halloween and corn by Thanksgiving. We’re well ahead of that.”

Matt Bell

Muskingum County

“Things are still going about like they were. We’re moving along. The beans are pretty well wrapped up. We’ve bounced around back and forth between corn and beans to finish up different areas. We’re about done with everything. I’d say we’re 65% or 70% done with our corn and, for beans, we’re probably about 75% done. We didn’t get a lot done last week because of the weather.

“Barring a major catastrophe, we’ll be getting pretty close to done with harvest in the next couple of weeks. We’re getting further away from home and things take a little longer. By the end of the month things should be done. At times I feel like we need to hurry up before I realize it is the 11th of October and not the 11th of November. When you look at the calendar we’re in good shape. It is completely different than last year.

“The beans have been yielding from 45 to 60 bushels and I think the average will be on the high side of that in the 50s somewhere. Beans have been really good. It has been surprising for as dry as it got in August. The corn has disappointed me in some cases because I think it was too wet in the spring. Corn has averaged 160 to 190 bushels per acre on about everything. We’ll have to see how this later corn does to know the average. Moisture is way down and I’m not looking to run the dryer very much with what’s left. We’ve never had corn this dry.

“We’re spreading manure too. The pits should all be dry after today and the manure hauling will be done until we put some out in the spring. We’ve got a really good custom applicator. It has been great conditions for spreading manure.”

Steve Reinhard

Crawford County

We’re just really getting started with the corn. The beans are done for the most part. The elevators are trying to get emptied out as fast as they can because bean yields have been higher than expected. The highs have been 70 or 75 bushels, but a lot of guys have been running in the 50s and 60s. I think we’ll be in that range.

“We’ve still got wheat to plant yet. We’ve got a little bit of wheat in the ground but we probably still have a day or so yet to get the wheat in. We didn’t get hardly any rain last week. I think we had a half-inch over three days. We’re on the dry side and the wheat fields are starting to show that. Wheat has been in the ground for a while but has not been emerging in some cases.

“Corn has been running pretty well so far. The yields have been average to a little above, which is good. The hills are doing well and the low ground is not doing as well. It is the opposite of what it usually is, which shows how much water we’ve had. The range has been150 to 250 bushels. The yields really depend on how much tile you have and the high ground. If you don’t have much tile, your yields were hurt. It really depends on the field. I think our yields will be a little bit above normal but not the outstanding yields we had last year.

“I’d say we’re closer to being on pace for harvest, but we’re still ahead of normal. I think we’ll be at it for a couple of weeks yet. The elevators are staring to back up already. We’ve dried the corn we’ve taken off, but we’re only taking off three of four points when a year ago we were trying to take out seven or eight points.”

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