2021 Between the Rows


Pollination going well around the state

Ross Black

Last night we finally got 2 tenths of an inch of rain at my home farm. The corn was really starting to need it. It is amazing how fast we got dry. The corn was starting to roll up a little bit, especially under the trees. We’ll welcome any shower we can get and we’re hoping for more into the next week. The corn is anywhere from mid-pollination to just wrapping up pollination. Everything looks really good, but we did notice some gray leaf spot bad enough to spray. We tried some fungicide and we’ll see if there is a return on investment with that. We sprayed just the hybrids we thought had the gray leaf spot in it bad enough to warrant the fungicide. We had the luxury of spraying with a ground rig — a high boy Hagie. I had strips left in the fields to have a test.… Continue reading

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Rains keeping crops going strong

John Schumm

We probably have one of the best growing seasons we’ve ever had. The moisture is plenty and the heat is perfect, so things are really moving. This field of beans I am in is almost to my belt.

I have not seen any disease in the corn yet. I have been seeing some frogeye in the soybeans. I just got done spraying all my soybeans last week with foliar feeding and fungicide so I hope we have taken care of that and other diseases. Frogeye has been around for several years. We saw it earlier this year, I think, because of the dampness in the ground. 

My corn fields are fully tasseled. Silks are out and pollination is beginning and it will be happening the next 10 days or 2 weeks. As long as it is not raining every day, we’ll get through it well. The silks are very long and will have a long pollination period.… Continue reading

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Big rains slowing field work in some areas

Bill Daugherty

The crops are looking really good. There is plenty of moisture, heat and humidity. We had a few bean replant issues. I replanted about 80 acres last week. We have that back in the ground now so we are pleased with that. Some of the field came up and some did not. We replanted at an angle to not tear up what was there. With the prices right, now we wanted to protect yield and get everything we can out of this crop.

We got our second cutting haylage all made last week. We still have our first cutting dry hay to make, probably about 40 acres. We might start mowing that today. We are going to hit it hard. This will be heifer hay and some for bedding. We just want to get it made dry and not tough. We’ll do some tedding this week to help that.… Continue reading

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Crop emergence looking strong statewide

Ross Black

Once we get a day or two of drying to recover from this 6 tenths of rain, then I suppose it will be time to start applying nitrogen to this corn. If it gets 90 degrees, this stuff is really going to take off. 

I know it is a typical farmer thing, complaining that we either don’t get enough rain or too much rain, but boy I would have taken an inch all day long because we could have more than handled it. Everything I have seen so far seems to be coming up extremely well. It was good we did not get a pounding rain because some of this crop that is still trying to come up is not crusted in. It was a slow and steady rain that didn’t hurt anything and everything looks great. 

The wheat is really looking good. I would say maybe in the mid-20s of June it could be about ready to come off.… Continue reading

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Huge planting progress last week

John Schumm

I wouldn’t say we were dry but we needed some moisture. I had four tenths through the night. I went out this morning and dug in and it soaked in several inches so all of the seed should swell now. I got done with planting beans yesterday and corn was finished almost a week ago. Most of what we got in is up and is not quite perfect, but absolutely great.

We went across them last week and those early beans are looking pretty good. How they survived all of that frost is beyond me. They are probably 4 or 5 inches tall now. 

We planted some corn a couple of weeks ago and then we got some frost and heavy rains. It got really cold for a week. That first corn came up better than we thought it would. I was out and did some stand counts and we were very happy with it.… Continue reading

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Heavy rains bog down planting efforts

Ross Black

Any moisture deficit we had is pretty well gone. In the last couple weeks we had approximately 4.5 inches of rain and any field work has slowed to a halt here. I did get some corn planted and I got enough beans planted to get the planter running. Last Sunday, thanks to the vertical tillage, we bought ourselves a couple of drying hours. Without that I don’t think there could have been any way we would have planted in the last week. 

I have seen some spiking of the corn and that is about it. As cold as the temperatures were, I was not too scared to get the corn down in the ground to wait on warmer weather. We have some forecasted lows down to 35 or 36 degrees so that is a little nerve-wracking, but it looks like we’ll get to the mid-70s next weekend. We’re hoping that comes sooner rather than later.… Continue reading

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Planters rolling beneath sunny skies

John Schumm

It is partly cloudy right now but it is supposed to be a good day today and a better day tomorrow. 

We had 4 to 5 inches of snow and I did see 24 degrees on my truck thermometer last week. We planted around 90 acres of beans early and we thought maybe we ought to stop. Looking back, I wish we would have planted a lot because it was perfect planting conditions. 

It was cold enough that I thought it could have done some damage but boy the beans look pretty good. I was surprised. We had a few beans that were just pushing dirt and I was concerned that really cold snap would just take them out. Walking across them yesterday, though, I don’t think the freeze touched them. I think we fared very well. I didn’t see anything turning black. We can see a lot of buttons on our beans and tomorrow they should be opening up.… Continue reading

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2021 Between the Rows kicks off with a solid start to spring

John Schumm

We started no-till — total no-till — about 12 years ago and things have been working great for us on the soybean side. We have struggled a little bit here and there on the corn side but we are getting closer. I farm with my son, Jeremy, and we both work full-time jobs and this no-till has taken a lot of labor away so we have time to do that.

First we had to take care of the drainage problems. We have used cereal rye and the tilth of our ground just changed tremendously when we started using it. We have a farmer up this way who inter-seeds it with a 90-foot air seeder. He drives it through our standing crops and we try to get that all done the first week of September in corn and soybeans before the soybean leaves start to turn and fall off. We get tremendous growth in the fall.… Continue reading

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