The 2018 Ohio Crop Tour – I-71 Leg – Day 1

Marion County

Corn: We found ourselves in 20 inch corn and had to figure out how to calculate this field. Once we Googled it, we were good to go. Wind has goose-necked some of this crop and there was some water damage in low lying areas, but the color was good and overall health was A-O.K. Saw some bird damage as well and Grey on the lower leaves. Our yield guess here is 180.

Soybeans: This clod of dirt that came up with one of the soybeans plants tells a story of a dry period here. This farmers upped the population. Some Frogeye and Brown Spot and very minimal beetle feeding. Nodes were 2 inches apart and canopy was 39 inches high. We rate this field as Good.

Overall County Observations – For how dry our fields were here, there have been some heavy rains in this county. Corn was farther along than we have seen and we will only see more developed corn tomorrow as we head south.

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Wyandot County

Corn: Pretty impressive stand here with nice color and less disease pressure than we have seen in a few stops. Some Grey but no insect feeding. Ear fill was nice but emergence was a bit uneven with several skips. Our yield guess is 191.

Soybeans: This no-till field, planted in 15 inch rows, was very clean. Phytothera Root Rot is starting to show up here and some Brown Stem Rot in a few plants. Canopy height was 42 inches and nodes were 2.5 inches apart. No insect pressure to speak of. We rate this field as Good.

Overall County Observation – Same story, different county. The only difference is a little more firing on the corn. We are finding ourselves trying to find things to look for because almost every stop is the same. Consistently good.

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Crawford County

Corn: May 18th was the planting date here. This is 107 day corn and it is healthy at this point. Only disease was found on the lower leaf. During pollination it got hot in this area and some tip back is happening as a result. Spacing was good and it is in early dent now. Our yield number here is 203.

Soybeans: They have had two 1-inch rain events in August so the soil is looking good, but one more rain will do the trick for these May 4th planted beans. Tallest we have seen so far with a canopy of 52 inches. Distance between nodes was 3 inches. Saw some Brown Leaf Spot and some insect feeding, but when it is all said and done these will yield nicely. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.

Overall County Observations – More good crops that have had steady rain all growing season. Beans looks good all the way down Route 4.

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Seneca County

Corn: We met the farmer of these fields and found out the planting date was May 8th. They got quite a bit of rain after that and then dried up and have gotten some whistle wetters after than, but nothing significant. Ear set was high here and disease and insect pressures were non existent. Our yield estimate here is 201.

Soybeans: Beans were planted on May 9th and as you can see by the pictures, our 2 scouts found two very different spots of the field. We haven’t seen this kind of variability all day in the same field. Canopy height was 42 inches and distance between nodes was 2 inches. This field does need a shot of rain to help finish it off. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.

Overall County Observation – This has been one of the drier counties of the day. Bean leaves were starting to flip in the heat of the day.

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Huron County

Corn: By far, the best looking field of corn we have seen today. The farmer told us he Y-dropped this field. Our sample doesn’t do the field justice, in our opinion, and it will be interesting to see after harvest just what this field was able to do. This plot is in early dent and the insect and disease pressure is very low. Ears filled out to the tip and there is still moisture in the soil. Our yield calc is 191.

Soybeans: These tall beans were very well podded and clean, despite no application other than weed control. Canopy height was 38 inches and there were 2.5 inches between nodes. One of the healthiest beans we have seen on Day 1. We rate this field as excellent.

Overall County Observation – Adequate moisture here will show the benefits at harvest. A lot of yards are being mowed today around here so lack of rain has not been an issue this growing season.

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Ashland County

Corn: This is the most significant tip-back we have seen so far today. Disease and insect pressures were low in this field. This field is in the dent stage and coming along. Our yield guess is 187.

Soybeans: This field has overall good color and the ground has seen some moisture recently. Canopy is 34 inches high and the distance between nodes is 3 inches. Very low levels of Bacterial Leaf Blight and low amounts of insect feeding here. Pods are filling nicely and there are still some blooming happening. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.

Overall County Observations – Rains here recently have helped and will help beans as they finish up. Timing of pollination may be a determent here with aborted kernels showing up.

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Wayne County

Corn: Grey Leaf Spot was heavy below the ear and moving above the ear. It was heavy enough to have some effect on yields. The coons also had their way with this spot in the field. Pollination issues were also noticed here and tip back was also taking place. Our yield estimate is 176.

Soybeans: More evidence of rain here with some spots of phytothera in low lying areas. Pods are filling nicely here and the only insects we saw were a very small number of Bean Leaf Beetle. Canopy height was 36 inches and distance between nodes was 2 inches. There was still some growth at the top of these stems so the potential is still there. We rate this field as Good.

Overall County Observations – More consistency in this part of the state but these farmers could use a shot of rain in the near term. SDS is starting to pop up in more and more fields in this area.

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Holmes County

Corn: At one point (or multiple points) of the growing season the received some heavy rains here and high soil erosion and weak stalks can attest to that. Along with some Northern Corn Leaf Blight, we also ran into some rust and Eyespot. Insect pressure was low and there was some tip back. Our yield guess is 177.

Soybeans: Didn’t take two steps into this field and we saw some Frogeye and Downey, along with Bean Leaf Beetle and Japanese Beetle feeding. SDS was also found. Canopy height was 36 inches and distance between nodes wa 2 1/2 inches. There was a good, even stand in these 15 inch rows. We rate this field as Good.

Overall County Observations – One thing we have noticed at our last two stops was how the soybean populations have been knocked back in this part of the state. That is allowing stalks to branch out very nicely. Fields are clean throughout the county. The quality of the crop has been very consistent.

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Richland County

Corn: This area could use some rain and they might get some this evening. This field was planted on Memorial Day and in the milk stage. Ran into some pollination issues here, but overall this corn is in great shape with no disease or pests. Our yield guess here is 200.

Soybeans: Population here was 145K and that explains a lot for how things has developed here. Top canopy was 48 inches with 2 inches between nodes. Very light Downy Mildew in this field and some beetles feeding. We counted several 4-bean pods and we rate this field as Excellent.

Overall County Observations – Many of these fields were planted in the later window of May. They need a rain here, but all in all, crops are holding their own.

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Knox County

Corn: Our two samples here were vastly different and it was because one part of the field we stopped in were full of skips. Those are the types of things you can’t see from the road. With that said, the plant health was strong here and very little insect pressure. Some disease was noted on the lower leaves but the upper leaves were just fine. Tip back was definitely an issue. Our yield calc here is 157.

Soybeans: Another tall field of beans here and they are healthy. The 15 inch row beans had a 43 inch canopy height and they were podded all the way to the top. No disease pressure, even on the lower leaves. No insects to see either. Easy to rate this field as Excellent.

Overall County Observations: Many fields looked like they were planted late in this part of the state but giant rag has taken over many of the fields we drove by. As we have said many times already, beans are looking really nice.

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Morrow County

Corn: It is easy to see they have had more moisture here that parts just south of here. This field, in the dent stage, had some skips and had fired from early nitrogen loss and/or that excess rain. The stalks were extremely tall and due to the skips about 15% of them had a second ear. Our yield guess here is 167.

Soybeans: These are the tallest beans we have seen thus far and the roots system was impressive. Canopy height was 40 inches and the distance between nodes was 2 inches. Disease pressure was light and only saw a few beetles throughout. We rate this field as good.

Overall County Observations – There were a lot of wet spots as we drive through this county and noticeable weed control issues. Disease was mostly noticed on the lower leaves, also a result of early, heavy rains.

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Licking County

Corn: Really nice corn here. No insect pressure to speak of and very little gray, charcoal and northern. Ear fill is excellent and stalk strength was great. A 20 around helped bump our calculation. Our yield estimate here is a solid 209.

Soybeans: These soybeans have branched out very nicely and the field is very clean here. Canopy height was 33 inches and these was a average of 1.75 inches between nodes. We noticed some Frog Eye and Bacteria Leaf Blight, but very low impacts. Same goes for insect pressure. We rate this field as Excellent.

General County Observations – We didn’t see as much firing here as we did in Delaware. Maybe a little more moisture here. Beans looked really nice throughout the county.

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Delaware County

Corn: We have a feeling we will see a lot of firing in corn over the next two days, but we won’t really know if that is because of deficiency or because of dry conditions early in the growing season. We have two Delaware County farmers on this route and they think the latter may be the case in this field. We saw some grey but very low amounts. Overall, this corn looks to be in good shape. Our yield guess here is 206.

Soybeans: These beans were not as far along as we were expecting, so we talked with the farmer here and this field was planted after a hay crop. With that said, these beans have excellent potential. Canopy height was 29 inches and the distance between nodes was 3 inches. Minimal Frog Eye and Japanese Beetle feeding. We rate this field as Good.

General County Observations – Premature firing due to dry conditions was noticed on multiple fields, but corn looks like it has recovered for the most part with more favorable conditions later in the season.

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