Matt talks with Ryan Hiser of Fayette County and Joe Everett of Shelby County in this update.… Continue readingRead More »
We saw both extremes. Whether it was from drought to flood, it was pretty darn close to both of those several times. It was a challenging year. From the start we were wet and cold when we started planting. The best lesson we learned this year was waiting. Once the ground warmed up and got fit we planted and it gave our crops a good start. On from that, we kept scouting and kept track of everything.
It was extremely wet here on my ground in northwestern Pickaway County while corn was coming up. I’m glad I put more nitrogen on and I found places that could’ve used more nitrogen. We had a 4-inch rain event early in the season and I lost some nitrogen. It showed when I was harvesting. The field still made 195, but I think I lost 15 or 20 bushels because of the nitrogen that got away.… Continue readingRead More »
Things were going well until last Friday. My son was running corn and heard a thud. We came to find out that the final drive came apart on one side of the combine. We were in a panic mode and with all the nice weather we had we ended up driving to Indiana to get a new final drive.
We hated to lose a couple of nice days. We contacted our neighbors and they were gracious enough to help us on some beans. We have just 10 acres of hill ground of beans to finish up and beans will be complete.
We did high moisture corn last week. We feel good about what we got in. Obviously Thanksgiving is always the goal, but if we don’t get done by Thanksgiving hopefully we’ll be done in early December, depending on Mother Nature. We ran a bottom over by Killbuck Creek and still had some water laying in some of the swales.… Continue readingRead More »
We had a pretty good shower come through and we are at about an inch total. The ground is pretty wet now.
I think this moisture is going to affect this corn some. We need to get this out. I still see a fair amount of ears standing up. We need to get those ears to drop and get the water to run out of them.
We were able to finish beans last week. It was tough going with these foggy mornings and we’d catch a drizzle and get a late start to the day. Then the stems would get tough at dark and we couldn’t keep running. We were able to run into the night last week and made a big push. We finished up Thursday evening before the wet weather came in. The beans did stay fairly consistent and we did not see the wide variability across the field that I thought we might.… Continue readingRead More »
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 readingRead More »
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 readingRead More »
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 readingRead More »
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 readingRead More »
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 readingRead More »
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 readingRead More »
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 readingRead More »