2023 Ohio Crop Tour

2023 Ohio Crop Tour results

North leg group

By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg
The 2023 Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net Crop Tour is sponsored by Ohio Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and the soybean checkoff. The 2023 Ohio Crop Tour included both samples from our group and input from Ohio State University Extension. A good deal of variability was expected on this year’s tour given the weather this growing season. The tour was held Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 with one group heading north and one group heading south. Each group sampled a representative corn and soybean field in 12 to 14 counties. 

This year’s participants were:

• Matt Burkholder, Allen County farmer

• Mike Theil, Wyandot County farmer

• Lawrence Onweller, Fulton County farmer

• Jon Everett, Shelby County farmer

• Eric Tipton, Fayette County farmer

• Don Jackson, Preble County farmer

• Osler Ortez, Ohio State University Extension

• Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension

• Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field Leader/Ohio Ag Net.… Continue reading

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Corn yields looking solid in 2023 Ohio Crop Tour

By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg

While the Ohio corn crop is further behind than in some years, yields appear to be solid in 2023. 

“We have really been pretty pleased with the progress of the crop and the overall health of the crop. I would say things look average to above average for the most part,” said Eric Tipton, a Fayette County farmer on the south leg of the 2023 Ohio Crop Tour. “We’re seeing corn anywhere from 145 all the way up to the 245 mark and I would say the majority of the corn that we’re seeing is somewhere in that 200 to 210 range with super good health.” 

Fayette Co. corn

Scouts took to the fields around Ohio the week of Aug. 8. Extension educator Grant Davis sorted through a number of Champaign County corn fields and was mostly impressed with what he found. In a field ropsaround five miles east of Urbana, planted April 28 in conventional-till several yield checks averaged out to 211 bushels. … Continue reading

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Slow start could yield big for soybeans

By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg

Many farms in Ohio took advantage of nearly ideal planting conditions in early April by getting solid start on soybeans. This, though, was followed by cold, wet, then very extended dry conditions, followed by some heavy rains. This sequence of weather left many soybean fields looking pretty rough heading into July. 

Extension educator Nick Eckel has been watching Wood County crop fields all season as the soybeans have progressed.

“We had great planting conditions and then it got dry for a good four weeks through June and then we started to catch a few rains there towards the tail end of June. We had a big rain event right around the Fourth of July where we ended up getting anywhere from 1.5 to upwards of 4.5 inches of rain that weekend,” Eckel said. “It kind of hurt the beans and we did see some diseases come on in some pockets.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio Crop Tour: North leg

Hardin County

Hardin County Corn

Hardin County Corn

This was a very nice corn field with a population of 30,000 plants per acre. It is at the R1-R2 growth stage. It has an average of 16.8 rows per ear and an average of 35.2 kernels per row. It is estimated to yield 204 bushels per acre.

Hardin County Corn

Hardin County Soybeans

Hardin County Soybeans

This was probably the healthiest soybean field we scouted on the tour. It had a canopy height of 24 inches. The nodes were 1.8 inches apart and there were 2 pods per node and three beans per pod. There was good branching and no disease or insect feeding. The overall field is excellent and is estimated to yield 55-60 bushels per acre.

Hardin County Soybeans, short with nice branching.

Allen County

Allen County Corn Field

Allen County Corn

This corn field was planted on May 15th.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio Crop Tour: South leg

2023 Ohio Crop Tour: South leg

Fayette County

Corn: The population was 36,000 with 16 rows at 35 long for the ears. It was some of the furthest along corn we have seen on the tour. It was planted April 27. There was a little GLS and a yield of 237 bushels. 

Fayette Co. corn
Fayette Co. corn

Soybeans: It was generally healthy but was the first field where we found some leaves with SDS. It was a 3.8 maturity bean with 34-inch canopy height. There was some insect pressure but a good pod count in these 50+ bushel beans. 

Fayette Co. beans
SDS in Fayette Co. beans

Greene County

Corn: The field was in milk stage R3 with no disease or insect issues. Good pollination and a healthy crop with a yield of 238 bushels. Population was 41,000 on 20-inch rows. 

Greene Co. corn
Greene Co. corn

Soybeans: The canopy was very tall at 48 inches with 2- to 2.5-inch nodes.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio Crop Tour

The 2023 Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net Crop Tour is being sponsored by Ohio Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and the soybean checkoff. The 2023 Ohio Crop Tour includes both in-person and a virtual option to let everyone in on the yield estimating fun. A good deal of variability is expected on this year’s tour given the weather this growing season.

The in-person tour will be held Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 with one group heading north and one group heading south. Each group will sample a representative corn and soybean field in 14 counties. 

This year’s in-person participants are:

• Matt Burkholder, Allen County farmer

• Mike Theil, Wyandot County farmer

• Lawrence Onweller, Fulton County farmer

• Jon Everett, Shelby County farmer

• Eric Tipton, Fayette County farmer

• Osler Ortez, Ohio State University Extension

• Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension

• Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field Leader/Ohio Ag Net.… Continue reading

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Estimating corn and soybean yields

By Greg LaBarge

As the calendar turns to August, several regional and national crop tours lead up to the September NASS crop yield report. While crop tour reports are great conversation starters, yield estimates from your farm are the most meaningful to your decision-making. Yield estimate tools for corn and soybeans are widely published. An example is our Corn, Soybean, Wheat, and Forages Field Guide, Bulletin 827. So pick a representative corn and soybean field on your farm and join in on the crop tour fun. Here’s how to estimate corn and soybean yields.

Corn yield estimates are based on determining the number of kernels per acre and then using a standard kernel weight. A commonly used formula is found in the Corn, Soybean, Wheat, and Forages Field Guide, Bulletin 827, on page 14.

There are several techniques for estimating corn grain yield before harvest. The only equipment needed is a tape measure plus a pencil and paper.… Continue reading

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Join the OCJ and OSU Extension virtual crop tour

By Stephanie Karhoff 

Ohio’s Country Journal and OSU Extension are again partnering to report crop conditions and projected yields from across the state, providing a virtual component 2023 Ohio Crop Tour held on Aug. 8 and 9. The virtual reports will complement the field stops made by the two teams covering northern and southern driving routes sponsored by Ohio Field Leader — a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and the soybean checkoff. 

OSU Extension Educators will estimate corn and soybean yields in their respective counties. Follow the OSU Agronomic Crops Team on Facebook (@OhioStateAgronomy) and Twitter (@OSUAgronomy) to see their reports and field observations. Look for summaries of the Virtual and In-Person Crop Tour shared by Ohio’s County Journal and Ohio Ag Net.  

We invite you to join in the fun by reporting estimates from your farm. It only takes 15-30 minutes per field. The accompanying article below describes how to estimate corn and soybean yields.… Continue reading

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