Between the Rows – July 18

“We got four-tenths last Monday and we’re sure not complaining about it, but we could’ve used  2 inches and four-tenths and it wouldn’t have hurt a thing. The clay soil holds the moisture but does crack in the summer. The tile was running after that four-tenths because the rain went right through those cracks and out through the tile. It gave us a little more time, but boy we are really dry.

“The corn that was planted in May is firing and getting really uneven. Luckily we only have 100 acres of that. The corn that was planted in June is waist to chest high and is uniform and is green, but it sure looks tough in the afternoon though. It sounds like we’re going to be in the 90s clear through Sunday. There is always a chance of a pop-up shower when we get conditions like this.

“The beans seem to be holding on pretty well. We finished spraying post and we’re glad we are done with that. The beans like the drier weather because there is less disease and they feed off the sunshine.

“Winds came through with the storm last week and blew over some corn in the area. Our corn was all right because it is shorter and rooted down farther. I guess we’ll just take what we can get.”

“Last Monday we got anywhere from six-tenths to an inch and a half and we were very pleased about that. With the excessive heat we are going to need more rain, though. We’re hopefully due for another shot this evening. They are saying there is a 40% chance of some accumulating rain. I think it will be all pop-up storms today and I hope we get them.

“The tasseling is varied in the corn. I’d say less than 10% of the fields are 100% tasseled. There are half the plants tasseled in quite a few of the fields around here. We definitely need more moisture. By about 4 in the afternoon the corn starts to curl and look ugly.

“Beans look really good. They really haven’t shown any heat stress. We have not seen any problems. We got done spraying the rest of the fields last week and we‘ve seen very little insect feeding and disease, and we have not seen any diseases in the corn yet.

“When you get to the north of Greenville, guys are getting really concerned because they didn’t get that last rain and they didn’t get planted until later. Southern Darke County looks really good. South of Greenville it is like a whole different world, and things are looking much better.”

“We got 1.8 inches of rain here last week. It sure helped things out. South of here they got a little less than that. We’ve got everything winding down here. My son Ryan has things wrapping up in the straw field. He got a few bales wet last Monday and they are still on the ground. They should finish up baling straw in a couple of days.

”The corn is awfully uneven. It is tasseling but uneven. I think we’re alright in our area, but you could almost always use a little bit more rain this time of year, and this heat will use up the moisture we have pretty quickly.

“The bean fields are filling in better now and looking good. There is nothing really to be concerned about right now, but I give the crops overall a C, maybe a C+. We do have some good-looking corn that was planted in May, but there were all those wet areas and they are still not looking good. The good news is you can hardly see them anymore. It is going to be a so-so year, but we’ll take whatever yield we can get. The uneven corn will continue through harvest when we’ll have short corn, tall corn and medium corn. It will all be out there. The moisture is probably going to be higher this fall too. Hopefully test weight will be OK.”

“So far, the cattle are holding up in the heat. We’ve got the fans running and it probably wouldn’t hurt to put more fans up with this kind of heat. The heat his week will be a real test for them.

“We got six- or seven-tenths out of a storm last Monday. Between the rain we got the previous Friday and that, stuff really took off. The corn around the home farm really hasn’t been curling too much so far. Plus, it is still overcast and we had a decent dew this morning.

“The corn is not all tasseling yet, but more and more of it is. It looks like everything got a hold of the nitrogen and it is nice and green. It all looks pretty good except some of the wet spots from this spring.

“We got done baling straw on Saturday and we had about 1,000 bales on the wagon. We’re unloading that right now. We finished up wheat harvest on Wednesday. We’re going to start chopping alfalfa this afternoon. We got delayed by that rain, but the corn and the soybeans needed it. The oats didn’t get planted until June, but so far they are looking good too. I hope we can get some heads in them.”

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