Between the Rows-August 22nd

“That June corn looks respectable considering the conditions. I checked some of the pollination and it looks decent. There are no zipper ears that I could find, and I moved around through the field quite a bit.

“We got those showers, not any big rains, and we got cooler weather, which really helped. It is not going to be too far off of nor- mal, I think. The May corn, though, is probably only 50% of normal yield. It is extremely short, uneven and hurting.“The worst parts of the county are on our west end where we are and the southeast part. Last week around Sherwood, about 5 miles from us, got 2 to 4 inches. We could see it from our house. We just didn’t get it. Then, in the southeast around Ayersville, it is terrible and the beans are really short.

“Our beans are short and we have sprayed at least 80% of our beans for either aphids or spider mites. They are winding down now and they are short. The beans are getting far enough along that hopefully after this week the aphids will start leaving them alone. I heard that they are really mov- ing into Williams County to the north of us.

“We need rain for the beans to fill and to give us some kernel depth on the corn. They chopped the Sudex out at the dairy and they are spreading sand out of the lagoon in fields. There is a lot of tillage and land leveling going in the prevented planting ground and in the wheat stubble.”

“Rains have been hit or miss and there have been more misses here lately. We were supposed to get one Sunday and we missed it. Now they are calling for a chance on Wednesday, so hopefully we get it.

“Corn is pretty much done. Rain would still help test-weight-wise, I think, but it is pretty much full dent around here. I still think the corn yields will be off. The good black ground soils will probably be about average, but anything with light soils will be
20% off of average. “The beans really need some rain. They are pod-fillingpretty heavily right now. We still have a lot of hope for the beans. They are still soaking wet every morning so there is still moisture somewhere.

“Over the last week, we haven’t had any rain. The last rain we did get was a pretty good one two Fridays ago. They are still dry in northern part of the county and they are not expecting the best crop. They have corn that was planted in the second week of June that really needs a rain right now.

“There are very few spots with spider mites here and there. There are no diseases out there that I have seen. I would say some of the beans and corn may be ready to harvest by the first week of October, maybe the last week of September. Last year we shelled corn on Labor Day.

The rains just keep coming for farms in the area. “It rained pretty hard there for awhile yesterday afternoon. There was a nice cell that went through here and Licking County, and it is sure not going to hurt the beans any. My son over in Licking County got 2 to 3 inches yesterday and I got 1.5 here. They got less down toward Lancaster.
“It sounds like we are look- ing pretty good compared to a lot of places in Ohio right now. We are just putting test weight in the corn, and this rain really helped the soybeans a lot.

“I have not heard about anyone around here spraying for anything. But the areas that have been dry need to be watching for the spider mites. I haven’t seen any soybean aphids yet, though there may be a few out there.

“I’ve been busy mowing the grass and maintaining the farmstead. I am pretty happy with the way things are looking around here. It is a little drier south of me and it is spotty, with some areas that are drier than others.

“The crops look good — above average. But what is average? Compared to what we’ve had the last three years, no, we’re not going to catch that, but we are going to have a decent crop.”

“We got a little sprinkle yesterday and that was about it. We got an inch a week ago and so we’re not in bad shape. We’re still pretty satisfied with how the crops look. The early corn is just about fully dented, and some of the later corn still has a little ways to go. It needs some heat and another couple of rains. We’ll probably chop that so it won’t be that big of an issue. I think the next few weeks will push it along pretty quickly.

“The beans have quite a few pods. As long as they get filled out all the way, we’ll not be doing too badly. We had our agronomist from Town and Country come out and we haven’t had any problems yet that he found. We’ll see if the aphids work their way here or not.
“The beans could use a few more rains, but they are coming along. They got really tall, so hopefully we don’t have all foliage and no beans. Some of them are almost chest high.
“We’re going to wrap up third cutting hay probably Tuesday or Wednesday. Hopefully we’ll get a fourth cutting. I think we will. It will be toward the end of September and hopefully it will grow enough to get a nice cover for winter.

“The cattle are doing well. It has been a night-and-day difference since it cooled off. Production came back really well, but we’re still not back to where we were before it got hot. Our components are still down a little bit and that is the case for a lot of people in the area I’ve talked with. That will make a difference in the milk checks.
“We’re spraying some of the wheat stubble fields to burn them down. We took the oats off and they averaged 60 to 65 bushel, which s probably 20 bushels of what we would normally get.”

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