Ohio Crop Tour- I-75 Day 1

In our first ever Ohio Crop Tour, we split up into two groups of farmers, agronomists and farm journalists and toured the state to get a handle on what kinds of crop yields were out there. One group handled the western part of the state traveling the I-75 corridor and the other went down I-71. Overall, both groups saw quite a bit of variability, but yields averaged 139 bushels for corn and 59 bushels for soybeans. The I-71 group averaged 144 bushels for corn and the I-75 group had 134 bushels. In terms of soybean averages, the I-71 group had 59.5 bushels and the I-75 group averaged 58.75. In general, both groups felt they had a fairly accurate handle on corn, but thought the soybean formula was maybe 10% to 15% too high. Here are some of the County results.

Interviews from the Tour

County: Williams


Crop: Corn
Height: 6 ft 4 inches
General Condition: Dry, but good condition
Disease Pressure: light, lead blight
Insect Pressure: light, some spider mites
Ear Fill: average to good, in the dent stage
Population: 300,500
Yield Estimate: 126
Overall Rating of Field: Fair

County: Defiance


Height: 14 inches
General Condition: Good considering the conditions in the area. Looks like it got off to a good start, but weather prevented yield potential.
Disease Pressure: light, small amount of septoria.
Insect Pressure: very light
Pod Fill: 2 bean pods, done setting pods
Yield Estimate: 31/bu acre
Population: 230,000
Overall Rating of Field: Fair to good

County: Henry


Crop: Corn
Height: 6 ft
General Condition: Poor, very yellow, appeared nitrogen deficient
Disease Pressure: very light, leaf blight
Insect Pressure: none
Ear Fill: very poor, some deformed, 50% of field dented
Population: 28,000
Yield Estimate: 96 bu/acre
Overall Rating of Field: Poor

County: Wood

Height: 2 ft 4 inches
General Condition: Good
Disease Pressure: none
Insect Pressure: very light spider mites
Pod Fill: good
Yield Estimate: 54 bu/acre
Population: 186,000
Overall Rating of Field: Good

 

County: Hancock

Crop: Corn
Height: 8 ft 2 inches
General Condition: Very good, noticeable hail damage and noticeable amount of smut in field.
Disease Pressure: none
Insect Pressure: root worm damage, goose necking
Ear Fill: Good, had some tip back
Population: 30, 250
Yield Estimate: 183 bu/acre
Overall Rating of Field: Good

County: Putnam


Height: 36 inches
General Condition: Excellent
Disease Pressure: none
Insect Pressure: a few corn root worm bettles
Pod Fill: Excellent and completed
Yield Estimate: 52 bu/acre
Population: 152,000
Overall Rating of Field: Excellent

 

County: Paulding


Crop: Corn
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
General Condition: Poor, lots of cracks, widespread nitrogen deficiency. Can tell at one point it was extremely dry and there have been recent rains.
Disease Pressure: none
Insect Pressure: none
Ear Fill: horrible to poor
Population: 31,250
Yield Estimate: 113 bu/acre
Overall Rating of Field: Poor

County: Van Wert


Height: 35 inches
General Condition: Good, heavy pod fill
Disease Pressure: Moderate, sudden death, seporia, frog eye
Insect Pressure: did not see any on this day but evidence of bean leaf bettle
Pod Fill: Good, some 4 pod beans, finished filling
Yield Estimate: 67 bu/acre
Population: 173,000
Overall Rating of Field: Good

County: Allen


Height: 7 ft 8 inches
General Condition: Good, with some green snap (appears there may have been 2 varieties planted in this field)
Disease Pressure: light, gray leaf
Insect Pressure: light room worm bettle
Ear Fill: Good
Population: 29,500
Yield Estimate: 170 bu/acre
Overall Rating of Field: Good

County: Auglaize


Height:  27 inches
General Condition: Very good
Disease Pressure: light septoria and frog eye
Insect Pressure: some spider mites, previous leaf feeding
Pod Fill: good, done filling
Yield Estimate: 57 bu/acre
Population: 138,500
Overall Rating of Field: Good to Excellent

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