John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Sept. 9

“This dry weather is starting to take a toll on soybeans, I believe. I think it has been at least two weeks since we have gotten much precipitation. We are extremely dry. Soybeans are definitely losing yield right now. I planted some maturities to get beans off early and get wheat planted. They look pretty good. This might be the year that earlier beans might be better. They should have started to mature before this dry spell hit.

“We have shelled a little bit of corn. We don’t have any yield estimates though. The moisture is high, from 27% to 31%. We are just trying to get into the drier areas of the fields.

“I haven’t checked yields yet, but it looks like it will be a good crop. Test weight looks OK and is coming in at 53 or 54. Kernels look good. We’re just slowly getting into corn harvest. There are three or four other guys around Pickaway County doing the same thing. I am guessing it will be at least 10 or 12 days before we really get into harvest.

“Some of the corn looks like it is still growing, which is a good thing. With the moisture we had this year, it was good for the corn, but it may take a while longer to dry down. We had some of the low areas that had water issues earlier in the season and those are still a concern. But overall I think we’ll have a good corn crop.

“For us, the dry weather is not a concern for the wheat yet. We like to get our wheat planted right at the fly date and have our wheat in the ground by the 15th, but we will go to the 21st or 22nd. I am not nervous yet about getting the beans off to get the wheat in.”

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