Dusty Sonnenberg only came out of this Defiance County corn field with the two ears he went in with — there were none to sample from the plants. This, like most corn in the county, was planted very late for silage.

The 2019 Ohio Crop Tour – I-75 Leg – Day 1

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Van Wert County

Corn: This corn was planted June 4. It was pollinating. There were quite a few double ears and one plant with 4 ears. We saw some gray leaf spot. There was no insect pressure. The yield was 183 bushels. This was further along than most of the corn we’ve seen. They got most of their intended corn acres planted.

Soybeans: It looked like about 140,000 population. There was a rye cover crop in these beans after beans. There were some uneven spots in the 18-inch canopy. There were very few disease issues with a little frogeye and Septoria. This was the lowest insect feeding we have seen. The yield is maybe 40 or 45, which is among the better beans we’ve seen today.

Paulding County

Corn: The farmer made a late herbicide application that really cleaned up the field. The corn followed double-crop soybeans. It was just starting pollination. It was planted June 3 and the farm only got 10% of the intended corn acres planted. The yield estimate is at 195, but that is only potential yield because this fields needs much more growing season to get to blacklayer. The population was 32,000 with a drop of 40+ which shows some early stress.

Soybeans: The non-GMO beans were planted June 10 and were at R3. They were very clean. Canopy was at 18 to 20 inches. The distance between nodes was 1.5 inches. There was a little bacterial spot, but very limited. We did see some sudden death syndrome in there. There were 4 to 5 pods per plant and possibly 10 more. The population was at 150,000. It is a good field, just really far behind.

Defiance County

Corn: This corn was planted on June 23 and at about the V10 growth stage. There was no disease pressure, no N deficiency, and no insects. It has a 26,000 population. There was a little bit of rust. There were no ears to sample. This was planted for silage corn, as was the vast majority of corn in the county. There were many prevented planting fields as well.

Soybeans: They were drilled 7-inch rows and got recent rains. There was a population of 130,000 to 140,000. The canopy was at 20 inches. There was low insect pressure. They were only at R2 with much potential, but need good conditions going forward. The farmer got 39% of the intended soybeans planted.

Williams County

Corn: This was a nice, healthy field with plenty of N. There were many double ears with some grey leaf spot. It was still pollinating with a yield estimate of 160 bushels. It was planted on June 7 and they only were able to plant about 20% of their corn acres. There was one plant with 5 ears in the middle of the field.

Soybeans: The beans were drilled June 7. They were very bushy and they just got a nice rain. The canopy height was 31 inches and some of the tallest we have seen. There was 2.5 inches between nodes. We saw some leaf feeding. Some had 2 or 3 pods per node with potential for many more, but these beans have plenty of growing season left to go.

Fulton County

Corn: This field was planted May 15 and was by far the earliest planted we have seen. We found some hail damage and northern corn leaf blight. There was some insect feeding on a couple of ears and that made for inconsistent ears. Because of that inconsistency, we thought the yield potential was 183 bushels for the 108-day corn. Less than 20% of their intended corn acres were planted.

Soybeans: This was a nice looking field of beans with a population of 140,000. The canopy height was a bit uneven and it is a 3.7 maturity planted on June 11, so it has a long way to go. The canopy height was 24 inches with 2 to 3 inches between nodes. There was very low disease pressure, but there was some frogeye and some bacterial spot that we have seen in three fields now. There was some leaf feeding and 3 to 8 pods per plant with more potential, but easy to abort if the weather turns dry. Yield could be in the low 40s. Around 80% of their beans were planted.

Henry County:

Corn: This June 8-planted corn is a healthy green due to good N use. There were some spotty weed issues and a spotty stand. We found 23,000 to 28,000 with plenty of gaps in the rows. It was just pollinating. This had the most disease we have seen so far but still not bad. There was gray leaf spot above the ear leaf. One yield check was 190 and the other was 130. This will be a colorful yield map this fall.

Soybeans: This field was planted June 11. They were very tall and canopied. The canopy was by far the tallest we have seen at 32 inches. There was 2 to 3 inches between nodes with no disease and minor leaf feeding. We counted five pods per plant with potential for 5 or 6 more. This was a good field with a 40 to 50 bushel yield potential.

Wood County

Corn: This corn was planted June 1. It was still pollinating. Disease and insect pressure was low. The yield potential is 200 bushels if the weather cooperates with this nice corn field. The farmer got about 45% of his intended corn crop planted in the top county for prevented planted acres in Ohio. The emergence was not very even in this field and there was some nitrogen burn on the leaves.

Soybeans: This was a very nice uniform field, but a little light on the population. It was soybeans after soybeans planted on June 27. Nearly all of the beans in the area were planted from June 24 to June 29. The canopy was 16 inches with 1.5 inches between nodes. There was low disease pressure, but we found some. There was a little insect feeding. Prospects were not great.

Hancock County

Corn: The general conditions were dry with some cracks. The corn is just pollinating with some brown silks, so there is a way to go. There is very low disease and insect pressure. The yield estimate is 183 bushels. The population is between 29,000 and 30,000. There is really good microbial activity here. About half the intended corn acres were planted on this farm and there are some prevented planting acres here. The field was planted on June 12.

Soybeans: This was an excellent field considering the planting date of June 30. These are in 15-inch rows with a short 1.5-foot tall canopy. There were about 8 nodes per plant. Pods were just starting to form, and there could be many more if the season cooperates. There was a little bit of leaf feeding in the upper canopy. These are first crop beans with a double-crop planting date.

Putnam County

Corn: This corn was planted on June 12. The stalks were green in this clean field that was still pollinating. There was low insect pressure and disease was low, though fungicide is being applied tonight. We found a population of 36,000. There were some prevented planting acres on this farm, but around 75% of the intended corn acres were planted. There are many empty fields in the area. This corn looks good but has a long way to go with a yield estimate of 185 bushels.

Soybeans: There is a rye cover crop with narrow rows. It was a good stand of non-GMO beans that were clean. The canopy height was 28 inches tall. The nodes were stretched out with 2 to 3 inches between nodes. There are around 160,000 plants per acre. The field was planted June 6. Disease pressure was minimal, only on the edges. The beans are at R3 with a few nice pods and many nice blooms. These look like good, 50-bushel beans.

Allen County

Corn:  These were very healthy plants that were solid green to the bottom. There is moisture now but there are cracks in the ground so it has been dry. There were some brown silks so it is 4 to 5 days into pollination. There are some double ears on plants in this population of 32,000. We did see some light gray leaf spot. It is probably a resistant hybrid. This was planted on June 6. This was a good field with a yield potential of 173 bushels.

Soybeans: This was a pretty uniform field. There was no weed pressure. There was about 2 inches between nodes and no disease pressure. Very low insect pressure too. The pods were forming pretty well with 3 or 4 beans per pod. This field is fair for a normal year and very good for this year.

Hardin County

Corn: There was really no disease or insect pressure in this field planted on June 8. The population was around 33,000 with an average of 16 around and 22 kernels per row. The projection is 125 bushels for this corn that has just pollinated and has a long way to go. There were raccoon problems here too. This farmer got around 60% of his intended corn acres planted in one of the top counties in Ohio for prevented planting acreage. The farmer asked if the Crop Tour would cover the cost of his antidepressants that may be needed after sampling this field.

Soybeans: They were first planted on June 8 and then replanted June 27. There were two varieties. The first variety had maybe 10 pods per plant. The second variety only had flowers. It was a short canopy at 17 inches tall. The distance between the nodes was short. There was low disease and insect pressure with a few Japanese beetles and bean leaf beetles. We average about 7 plants per 3 feet, which is about half the population it should be. There was a very low pod count with a poor rating. He got about 55% of his intended soybean crop planted.

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