Between the Rows-October 10, 2011

“We got behind on GDDs in September when it was so cool, but we have caught up with the 30-year average with the warm weather and it has really moved the crop along. We just started chopping silage about an hour ago. That is the first we’ve chopped silage because the fields were wet. We should’ve been chopping silage three or four days ago, but the corn is not pulling the moisture out and the fields are staying wet. We’re a good month late on the silage.

“The rest of the corn maturity is moving along fast. There are a lot of ear molds on the tips and there are some leaf blights from all of this rain we had in the last month, but the silage looks good so far.

“The last week really moved the soybeans along, and we’re going to start harvest today. There has been quite a bit of progress over the weekend on beans in the area. The corn crop still is a month away. We planted late varieties in June so it is going to be a late harvest for corn. A good share of it hasn’t even black layered yet. Corn does not have the stalk quality that we’d like, but it is still a bit premature to determine that.

“Yields for the beans are coming in better than expected because we had those late August and September rains. Usually on the late-planted beans you don’t get that. They are at least normal size. I think corn may be better than expected too because of the kernel length, which is very important for corn yields.”



“I am starting to lose track of time. We shelled corn early last week and switched to beans last Wednesday and switched back to corn today. The corn moisture dropped five points from last Monday to today. I think everything is under 25% now. The corn we ran last night was 21% moisture and the same field was 26% on Monday. So far, the lowest yields we’ve had has been about 180. A lot of the corn right in this area is in the 180- to 190-bushel range in southern Darke County. I think stalk issues could be a problem if we start getting some windy days.

“The beans have been in the upper 50s and lower 60s. We were hoping the late rains helped the beans and it looks like they did. Pretty much all of the beans could be run now, but we are helping the ethanol plant out by getting some corn for them today. They are still taking up to 25% moisture corn.

“We’ve harvested probably a third of the beans and maybe a quarter of the corn. I think they are calling for rain on Thursday, not a washout, but there is a chance for rain. The fields are dried out pretty well though, so hopefully we can get back in quickly. There were some fields that were smeary on top last week, but I don’t think they were wet enough for any compaction issues. Everything we have seen is better than we’ve been expecting.”




“We’re into harvest. We’re switching over to beans today and we’ve been in corn for four days. We started harvesting the corn we planted on May 12 and 13 and then we got rained out for several days. I’m very pleased with the yields we got off of that 300 acres. We had a range of 170 to almost 200 bushels. I don’t expect that throughout, but I was very pleased with it. It started out at 28% moisture and yesterday it was at 22%.

“For beans, I’ve been hearing 50 bushels plus that people have been taking off in this area. I planted the full season beans first and I’ll be taking them off today if they are dry enough. I’ll probably switch back to corn after we get rained out and go back to beans, then I’ll concentrate on beans until they’re done. The last planted corn is not ready yet. It was planted on June 8 or 9.

“My stalks are standing well. They are a quad stack that is a tall hybrid and it is all standing well, but I wouldn’t want to leave it out there too long into November. Hopefully we can still get done by Thanksgiving, but it will all depend on the weather. This is a normal start time for years ago, but with the new hybrids, this is a week to 10 days late. If we get good weather we can catch up, but it is supposed to rain Wednesday.”




We started Saturday and got 20 acres of beans off just to make sure everything was working. The beans seemed to be about average. We’re working on getting corn chopped. We’ve got 800 tons chopped and we’ve got to do another 450 or 500. We’ll be chopping this afternoon. We’ve been getting very good tonnage and quality. We started feeding what we chopped. The test results were very good on it and it has been feeding really well. We need to get after the hay too. They are saying there may be some rain on Wednesday, but I may try and mow tomorrow and bale and wrap it Wednesday. There was a lot of dry hay made last week in this area.

“When we started chopping, the fields were wet and the wagons were cutting some little ruts. It is starting to dry out pretty well. Then we’re going to run the AerWay and plant some wheat so we have some cover.

“We have some corn we may be able to get into this week once we get done chopping. I’d say we’re 20 days behind with our chopping. Last year we were done by Sept. 5, which was early, but we’re usually done by Farm Science Review. We have two or three more good days of chopping left. There is still some corn that is on the green side that will be pretty high moisture.”


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