John Hoffman

John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Nov. 11

“I think everyone is making really good strides. There are a lot of neighbors finishing up. I am guessing our area is 95% done on soybeans. There are still a few fields out here or there. Corn, I am guessing, is 80% or 85% done. Things are basically wrapping up around here.

“Everybody has been really happy with corn yields and pretty happy with soybeans. There have been a few fields around here in the 40s, but I have heard some guys talking about 70 bushel beans too. I am interested to see what the county and state average yields will be. Without a doubt there will be some pretty good numbers.

“We have the dry fertilizer spread and the corn stalks sprayed. All my double-crop ground has been sprayed too. Our double-crop beans were in the 30s and 40s. We had them planted pretty early and the finished up on either side of 40 bushels.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Oct. 28

“We are done with corn and first crop soybeans. We’ve still got double-crops to cut but they still have moisture in them and are not quite ready.  I think they will make for decent beans. The few double-crop beans we have cut have done well, but they were planted pretty early. The wheat is up and looking good.”

“Now we’re trying to catch up on paper work and start fall spraying when the weather cooperates. We’re not really wet and there is a lot of harvest activity going on around here. We finished with corn around Oct. 15 and the first-crop beans shortly after.

“Our corn was averaging anywhere from 120 to 150 bushels for the replanted acres we had. The other corn was running either side of 200. I think we’ll fall in the 180- to 185-bushel area and soybeans will be in the high 50s. I am pleased with that.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Oct. 7

“This would have been a beautiful rain on the first of August. We got just shy of 3 inches. I would guess we are out until at least the weekend unless we get some sunshine.

“We did get our wheat in and it is coming up. We generally plant wheat in our drier soils so I don’t think we’ll have ponding in our wheat ground. We did have pretty healthy wind yesterday and I don’t know if that blew any corn down or not.

“We probably have about 25% of our corn to harvest yet. We’re half done with beans. There are still a lot of crops to come off around here yet. We’re probably a little ahead with corn because we were able to harvest pretty early.  I am guessing people in the area are 25% to 40% done with soybeans.

“There are some green stem beans, especially in some of the drier soils where they may have died early.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Sept. 23

“We are more than half done with corn. We have been hitting it pretty hard. We’re seeing corn between 175 and 200 bushels, some a little better than that. I haven’t calculated what whole fields have made. Where there was too much water and emergence issues early in the season, that will play a role in lowering some of the fields’ yields. We haven’t harvested any beans yet. We are trying to take advantage of some of the early basis with corn. Hopefully we’ll be into beans Wednesday or Thursday. Then I won’t plant wheat until the first of October.

“Friday we had 1.7 inches of rain. We are minimum till on our corn ground. We tried on Sunday afternoon and it was amazing how dry the ground was. We really did need the rain. It was beneficial to get the ground ready for the wheat and it will still help the double-crop beans fill.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Aug. 26

“We have had some pretty decent rain in August. We could use another rain any time for the soybeans, but I think the corn is pretty well done.  At some point in time I will go out and do some pod counts. We’ll probably have some corn that will be ready to go in maybe two or two and a half weeks.

“Our beans were planted in good time. I don’t think we are really at risk for an early frost and I don’t think late maturity is a big concern. Now, for our double-crops, I’d like to see a later frost.

“Our beans down here usually start to turn around Sept. 5, but every year is different. I think there is a chance for some rain and more heat this week and I think that will push things along pretty rapidly.

“I think we have been able to avoid most of the insect issues.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, Aug. 12

“We got 1.8 inches this week. Soybeans look really good and the rain was crucial. Our corn crop is pretty well done. If we got another rain next week we might add some test weight. The corn looks pretty good out there. We have been a shade cooler, but our double-crops are growing well. I would be worried if we had a late September frost, though.

“The rain really helped the double-crop beans and we are really pleased with the crops. Right now we are mowing and spraying ditch banks. The crops are growing well and the weeds are growing pretty well too.

“We’re going to keep wheat in our rotation. With good management we can get fairly consistent high yields and then when you couple that with double-cropping, wheat makes financial sense and gives us the rotation we want.  It was a good crop for us this year, but it was difficult to harvest.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, July 22

“We’re getting a nice sprinkle right now, maybe a tenth or so, and the weather has cooled down some so that is making us happy. We did not receive as much rain as they did further north. We haven’t had any high water damage or anything.

“The beans are really shaping up and looking good. The corn is looking good too, but I know there is some fungicide being sprayed due to the weather we’re having. I have a third of my acres scheduled to be sprayed. We’re optimistic and we keep getting rains. If we can keep that 90-degree-plus heat away, I think things will really do pretty decent.

“The corn seems to be pollinating well. I think everything is tasseled in this area. I don’t think the heat really adversely affected pollination. We were happy to get the warmer weather and sunshine, but now we are going to need some rain every week or 10 days or so.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, July 8

“When you’re cutting wheat there is a very limited time. My dad always says there are three days for cutting wheat: a day too early, a day just right and a day too late. We were fortunate that we missed a couple of rains and got our wheat harvested. We finished up on July 1. We were right at 90 bushels for an average and quality and test weight were pretty good.

“We kept watching the weather and they said the rain was rolling in. We kept harvesting even with moistures higher than we would typically like. We really wanted to get it off and we are certainly glad we did that now. We had an early maturity, a medium and a fuller season variety, which also helped. I only hauled in two loads of dry wheat. There was a lot of 17% to 19% wheat we hauled in.

“All of our wheat went straight to town.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, June 24

“We did not get any of the rain yesterday. It sounds like they got their fair share further north in Delaware. Our early maturity wheat is off and there is some other wheat being cut down here. We harvested our first wheat on Thursday and Friday. We will bale some of the straw from that. Then we planted double crops after that.

“I have not added the numbers up, but it was probably 85- or 95-bushel wheat. It looked good all season, but we still have a lot of wheat to cut yet. We’re two or three days away from harvesting our next variety. The wheat is all looking pretty good, but you don’t know until you run the combine through it. I was pretty happy with that first wheat.

“We plant double-crop beans with what we have left over in the truck from planting beans in the spring. Most of them are in the late Group 3s.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway Conty, June 10

“I am glad I replanted that corn. Some of my corn did struggle on the tighter white clays. The replanted corn has emerged nicely and things look pretty good right now.


“We finally got some rain 10 days ago when we got nine tenths. We have another three or four tenths this morning. At this point I think we’re in good shape but we need to continue to get rain because we did dry out substantially.


“Soybeans look really good. Corn is coming on and is starting to look pretty good. We’re still waiting on the corn to grow into the nitrogen. I think once it hits that we will see some pretty good growth spurts. It is amazing how fast corn can grow. It is not uncommon for us to have corn tasseling by early July. I don’t see that happening this year, but never say never. We finished up all of our post- spraying on corn last week.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, Pickaway County, May 24

“We finished planting, but we had some crusting issues and we’re doing a little replanting with corn. In the worst areas, stands were reduced 50% to 70%.

In some of the lower areas of the field that did not emerge as quickly, there was some crusting with the high winds and the heat. I am not tearing anything up, just spotting in the areas where emergence is not acceptable. It is maybe only 5% of our acres. The rest of the fields look really nice except for some of those few areas, so I decided we may as well do it. We started yesterday and we should get finished up today.

“Soybean emergence has been pretty good. They are not all out of the ground, but what is up looks pretty good. Overall I would say that I am pretty happy with the crop stands we have. We did not get any of the rain that they got north of us.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman, May 13

“If we had a few days of sun, we could dry up a bit. We can hopefully plant soybeans on a few hundred acres of some of our ground with better drainage in gravelly soils. There is a good probability we can plant tomorrow, but the majority of the ground is still pretty damp.

“We avoided the frost last night. It did get chilly but did not frost. As long as last night and this morning are the coldest temperatures we have from here on out, we’ll be OK. I left my pickup outside last night so I could look out quick and see if we had frost this morning.

“I hate to get too optimistic, but the wheat looks pretty good. We’ll probably run 65 or 70 acres that we’ll put fungicide on. I have an early variety of wheat that is almost into full head. We are contemplating putting a fungicide application on tomorrow.… Continue reading

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John Hoffman

“We’re a corn, soybean, wheat rotation with around 45% corn 45% beans and 10% wheat. If we can double-crop by July 5, we will double-crop all of our wheat acres. Wheat harvest usually get started in our area around the 23rd or 25th of June, so it is a lot earlier than northern Ohio which lets us do more double-cropping.

“We’re five miles west of Circleville in Pickaway County. This farm started with my grandfather on this land. Ideally we like to start planting corn around April 15 and once that is in the ground we’ll immediately begin to plant soybeans.

“This year I am using the revenue package on crop insurance — 85% coverage for corn and 80% for soybeans on enterprise units. I am concerned about getting a five-year farm bill. I realize that budget cuts are going to be made in D.C. and that direct payments are probably going to be cut out.… Continue reading

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