2021 Between the Rows


Farmers dodging rains as harvest progresses

John Schumm

We have had a pretty good fall without a lot of rain. There is a lot more corn off now than soybeans in the area. Harvest has gone along a little better than normal so far.

We got 3 or 4 tenths last week and a little bit here in the last day or so. We were really out only a day or two. We were certainly not wet before, so it sucked the moisture right up and we were right back at it. 

We have all of our wheat in here at home and in 4 or 5 days after we planted we could row it. The ground temperatures are warm and it is doing very well. With the moisture, the conditions were perfect. We planted it on Oct. 1 or Oct. 2 and it is 3 inches tall already and the fields are turning green. 

We have half of our beans harvested.… Continue reading

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Harvest is near

John Schumm

We were pretty fortunate here and we didn’t get as much rain as the other side of the state. I had 1.9 inches in my gauge and my son had 2.1. It came over a day and a half, which was perfect as we soaked it up well. Our creeks never came up.

We started running beans yesterday afternoon. They were already 12.5% and I have neighbors running beans and corn. We are seeing very good beans, but bean size is not as large as I have seen before because of the dry spell we had a month ago.

Rumor has it the corn bucket weight is down a little bit, which I haven’t seen around here yet. Some of my farmer friends down south are not happy with the test weight they are seeing.

We are working to get our beans off so we can get wheat planted this week.… Continue reading

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Heat quickly pushing crop toward harvest

John Schumm

We have had a very dry 6 weeks. We had 6 tenths of an inch 10 days ago. Beans are turning fast and corn is really drying down right now. I think the beans will not hit their peak. I think we maybe lost some soybean bushels by due to weight and bean size. The corn is great and drying down fast.

The stalk quality on the corn is tremendous. We are seeing some beans around here that were maybe planted too heavy. They are starting to lean and go down flatter than we like. 

We have had a lot of armyworm around here. I have heard of one case where they really tore up a soybean field. They mostly affected people’s grass and some local high school baseball diamonds and football fields. I have not seen where they did any damage in corn or soybeans here locally. 

The corn is really getting dented hard and drying down.… Continue reading

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Dry areas emerging around Ohio, hurting yields

John Schumm

The rain around here has been hit and miss. We are on the dry side right now and this week of 90 degrees is not going to help us any. There is a chance of showers tomorrow. We are holding our own. The husk color is starting to change a little bit lighter. We’re going to start toward maturity on this corn.

On the soybean side we are done blossoming here. The pods are made. The only thing that is going to change now is bean size so we are hoping we get that shower tomorrow. We have a 40% chance for rain tomorrow afternoon. Twice in the last two weeks we have gotten 2 or 3 tenths. We could use a good soaker here to help us finish out. Some of the neighbors got a 1-inch rain the other day, but I was not one of the lucky ones. … Continue reading

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Dry weather setting in is causing crop, farmer, stress

Ross Black

We are plenty on the dry side. We maybe have gotten between a half and three-quarters of an inch in the last 2 weeks. We got a half a tenth the other night that relieved a little of the heat stress. I’m looking here in the next day or two to get the rains coming back again. We are just into the good sweet corn stage on the corn. Any rain we would get would help with kernel fill and pump some test weight into the corn. 

The beans actually look really good. If you get much out of our area they don’t look so well. We must have gotten just the right amount of moisture because they look really good. I was out in the beans yesterday and I didn’t really see any disease and not a lot of insect pressure. I am actually seeing pods forming from all the way at the bottom to the tip top of the beans.… Continue reading

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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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