Kurt Wyler, the final of our four Between the Rows farmers we are highlighting in 2022, joins us to discuss the year in review. With a dairy, hay, silage, wheat, soybeans, and corn among the many areas the Wyler family is involved in, Kurt has quite a bit to recap.Read More »
Nathan Birkemeier of Putnam County and Ryan Hiser of Fayette County have in-depth conversations with Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal as they discuss corn and soybean yield averages, conditions compared to expectations, and intensifying dry conditions.
This update thanks to Seed Genetics Direct.… Continue readingRead More »
It has been unbelievable how long the weather has held. We haven’t really experienced a whole lot of damp or wet conditions. I can’t believe that we were able to get the beans off as fast as we were for as late as they were planted. Corn is coming off pretty well. The ground is dry so we’re not worried about compaction issues or rutting up fields. We’ve got about all 290 acres to go roughly.
Soybeans were kind of disappointing. Yields were just based on the conditions we had. We were just fortunate we had a crop, but in some ways exceeded a little bit of my expectations. I was preparing for the worst. Most of the crop managed to be in the mid 40s to low 50s so I think we did all right for what was there, the conditions and how many times we had to replant it.… Continue readingRead More »
This weather has been great. I feel like the last couple of days have really helped with drying the corn down a little more. Hopefully today we’ll finish our beans and get back into corn.
Things are getting too dry. It is as dry as I’ve seen in a long time, but for us it’s really helped get our harvest done. It has been nice not fighting the weather conditions when getting the crop out.
Beans have been pretty good on moisture. A lot of them are running in the 9% range. They are dry but I’m not seeing much shattering. We don’t like to run them that dry but hate not to use the good weather to get them off. Overall, we’re pretty happy with the yield considering the year and just how wet we were after we got planted. These beans sat in water for a while.… Continue readingRead More »
We have not started with harvest yet. Everything is really close. I’m thinking this weekend or early next week we’ll be able to get in the field. Everything is looking really good. We’ve had a couple days of frost. It definitely is going to help some of the leaves drop that are still kind of hanging on there by a thread, but for the most part the leaves all are down.
The frost definitely held off long enough to where everything matured to the point where the frost isn’t going to hurt us. We do have some double-crop beans and we always hope for a couple more growing days for those. I would guess they are somewhere in the 20-bushel range. I’m happy with the way they look. They’re really green and they had plenty of moisture, so hopefully we just filled as many pods as we could before the frost.… Continue readingRead More »
Everybody is getting ready to get started with harvest. We’ve got a lot of guys who did get stuff planted early and they are hitting it pretty hard, mostly shelling corn but there are some guys cutting beans in the area. Everything is moving right along. We’re pretty close to getting out to the field. We’re itching to be there just like everybody else, but stuff just isn’t quite ready yet.
We’re planning on getting this little bit of corn started that we were able to plant on May 4. Then we can switch over to beans. Harvest is going to take a little bit, but as long as we catch some dry weather we should be in good shape.
The forecast is looking pretty dry with cooler temperatures, nothing down below the mid- to lower 40s so that’s a good sign. Hopefully we don’t have to deal with the f-word, I don’t even want to say it. … Continue readingRead More »
It is starting to look a little bit more like fall. The crops are starting to change a lot more and you can tell harvest is right around the corner now. Right around here a lot of the stuff that went in early, especially earlier varieties, are starting to really change. We’re starting to see corn change and beans are changing too, but they seem like they’re a little bit slower, which is kind of surprising. I think corn won’t be far behind the beans. We’re still probably a couple weeks out yet, though, before we do anything here.
We were hurting for rain, but now it seems like the rain won’t shut off. We’ve been getting rain periodically. Last night we got a little over half inch. I think if you go more towards Sydney, they even got a little bit more than we did so the rain has been good.… Continue readingRead More »
Things are looking good. We have enough moisture to keep things moving along. Plant health looks well in terms a contrast from earlier this year. We’ve been out checking things and they look a lot better than we originally thought they were. It has been a nice check to actually get out and determine what was out there.
I just came up 71 from Cincinnati to Fayette County. They had gotten a lot more rain than us further south. We had a heavy shower just go south of us toward Sabina. When you look at the area around us it is super wet, but it has been splitting north and south and missing us. We were getting a little dry there for a little while but we did catch some of the showers.
We’re starting to get ready for harvest. We finished cleaning out a couple of bins by getting the last of the crop hauled out.… Continue readingRead More »
The past few weeks have been pretty muggy and we have been getting a lot of small showers scattered out every few days. It has made making dry hay pretty challenging. We have been wanting to make it dry, but we have been having to roll it up and wet wrap a lot of it. We’d like to do square bales but it has been hazy and the dew didn’t really get dried off until noon and that doesn’t give you a very big window. We thought getting it off now was better than letting it stand. The dry weather last month definitely did affect our orchardgrass tonnage. It was stunted and has not really bounced back. The alfalfa did not really get affected any.
The crops are looking a lot better now. With the rains, corn is looking great. A lot of fungicide is starting to go on in this area.… Continue readingRead More »
We’ve been pretty fortunate around here. There have been some timely rains in the last 2 weeks with a total of a little over 4 inches. All the crops were definitely needing it, especially the corn that is starting to tassel. Everything is looking pretty good at the moment.
We’re not going to complain if we continue to get more rain. We’re feeling a lot better than we did 2 weeks ago. We were really starting to sweat it then. Things definitely look better now. It appears the corn will not be as tall as usual this year.
We were able to get all of the wheat off and get the straw baled before the rain. All the wheat ran really well. We didn’t have any vomitoxin and didn’t get docked anything there. There was a little straw around here that didn’t get baled. The majority of our wheat was running in the 90s.… Continue readingRead More »
Everything looks really good right now. We got some rain last week. It was around 3 weeks since the rain shut off. We saw rains of 1 to 2 inches. It really brought everything around. The corn is coming along and the beans are looking good.
It was dry for so long and everything was growing roots to get to that moisture. After the rain, things are really going to town now. There are spots here and there, but overall, everyone around here is really happy with the way the crops look. To the north, I don’t know if they got the same rains a week ago and things look a little tougher.
This week, we’ll finish the sidedressing and we are finishing up some tiling. Just about all of the wheat is off around here. We have 80 acres of wheat left to cut. We’ll get that done and then double-crop some beans since we do have some moisture there.… Continue readingRead More »