BTR-Jim & Phil Herring

Jim Herring-November 5

“We’re just starting today for the first time in about 10 days. It is still plenty muddy, but with a good week we should be able to finish up with the corn. We got plenty of wind but it didn’t seem to knock the corn down. We got a couple of inches of rain and it really soaked things. We also had about an inch or so of snow that covered the ground and it left things pretty sloppy.

We finished up the beans a couple of weeks ago and we have about 300 acres of corn to go. We should be able to finish this week. Yields for the corn really depend on the soil types. I’m in some hilly ground now where the drought really took its toll. I had a field go 292 bushels wet and 270 something dry in Marion County on some good ground where we had a little more rain.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring-October 22nd

“I am just finishing up beans today. I should be done within the hour. I have most of the corn off. There are maybe 500 acres to go. We have things pretty well cornered.

The beans are doing pretty well. They are averaging around 50 bushels, or a little better, but as we went further north the yield was less. There was less rain there.

“Corn yields will end up in that 150- or 160-bushel range for an average. The yields are down 30 to 40 bushels from last year and the beans are probably five or 10 bushels off.

“The ears seem to be holding on well in the corn. I have heard reports of some varieties dropping, but I haven’t seen any of that. It seems to be standing well. With the rains we are getting, it has been keeping things wet and the beans don’t get too dried out.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring-October 8th

“There are some surprising yields out there, but inconsistent is the word for the corn. It is all over the board. Even on every round we’re seeing numbers from one end to the other. The averages on corn are certainly down compared to beans. I took my worst field off and it was 100 bushels. Some of the better fields have averaged 180.

“We ran our National Corn Growers Association contest corn and 289.67 bushels and 282.51 are the two numbers I posted. The plots ranged from 240 to 290 dry, they were more than 300 bushels wet. Those were weighed, measured and certified by the NCGA. It was definitely accurate. If someone told me a month ago that we would have 180 bushel corn, I would have believed them — but not 100 bushels more than that.

“In the soybean contest plots, we posted a 77- and a 70-bushel yield and we haven’t run our best beans yet.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring-September 24th

Harvest is just getting going in the area.

“We harvested the first soybean field on Friday before the rain. It was a gravelly field and I expected the worst with the drought conditions we had. I had to double check the yield monitor to make sure I was seeing things right. I ended up with a 50-bushel average. The lows were pretty darn low, but the highs were right up there. I thought it would be one of my worst fields and it would be nice if that were true. I was really surprised.

“So far, aflatoxin has not been an issue around here in the corn that I have heard of and things look like they are standing pretty well. We are keeping an eye on things and if they start to deteriorate I will switch from soybeans to corn. I planted all full season hybrids and most of my corn still isn’t ready.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring- September 10

“I would expect that we will be in the fields in a week or 10 days. We plan to start with the beans and do most of our beans before corn. It looks like the hybrids are standing pretty well. The corn moisture is still in the mid to high 20% range. If we do start seeing issues with the stalks or the ears, we’ll switch to corn sooner. I don’t expect ear molds to be much of a problem because it has been so dry.”

Harvest has gotten started on a few farms in the area, but has been very limited so far. “Some of the guys that had early beans out are running and the fields with early corn hybrids that were planted early have been harvested too.”

The hurricane remnants that reached Ohio provided some long-overdue rains. “We got close to 2.5 inches this week, but I think it was too late to do much good.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring-August 2, 2012

“We got a pretty good rain the first of the week. It was around .7-inch, which was enough to help the late beans and maybe the last of the corn, but too late for most of it. There were some other rains before that too.

“Spider mites and stink bugs have been in the beans but I think they have run their course. There was some damage to yields and some spraying in the area, but I don’t think it was widespread.

“For my harvest, I think it will be late September before we get started, but there are some beans in the area dropping leaves and they may be only a week or two away. Early varieties are really coming along. Most of mine are just getting a nice turn to them and they are several weeks away yet. For me it will be about normal, if there is such a thing as normal any more.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring-August 6, 2012

“Harvest is going to come fast. I think I see some beans starting to turn already. Harvest is going to be here before you know it. The dry weather pretty well took its toll. These late rains have certainly helped the beans, but my early corn is already dented and these rains aren’t going to do a lot of good.

“I think 150 bushels might be the top end. I think there is a lot with less potential than that. There was a long stretch with no rains and these late rains just did not come soon enough for corn.

“Harvest will depend on stalk quality. If we see stalk deterioration we’ll have to get out there sooner, but it would be a plus if we don’t have to dry any. I think it will probably dry down pretty quickly.

“We got some rain yesterday and the day before and some in late July that will really help fill out the beans.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring, July 16


“We had one big rain that was around two inches, right after we planted. A lot of that ran off and, in some ways, it did more harm than good. Other than that we haven’t gotten much more than two inches since the corn was planted. We just got a couple hundredths yesterday and that doesn’t do much with the high temperatures we’ve had.

“The rains were really spotty. It seems like that maybe the garden spot that keeps getting the rains could be up around Findlay, but I know they have been really spotty around there too.

“The agronomist was just out this morning and we looked at ears. I couldn’t believe how well they were pollinated. It still looks like there is good yield potential there. These hybrids have come a long way, but I just don’t know if we’ll really see good yields after this heat and dry weather.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring, Wyandot County, July 9

“We had 80-plus mile an hour winds, a little bit of rain and a lot of tree damage on June 29. There were a lot of farm machine sheds and grain systems in the area that got damage. We didn’t have any structural damage. We lost power for 28 hours, but there were people without power for several days. It rained seven or eight tenths. The corn was probably too short to blow over.

“Corn is in spotty pollination. The crop is pretty darn short. That rain we got helped for a day and that is about it. I think we’re going downhill fast with yields. I think that anybody who is still talking about good corn yields in this area is either dreaming or not looking too closely. All of the early corn is well under way with pollination. The later planted corn is not there yet. I think that it will be there in the next week or so.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring-June 25, 2012

“We sure could use some water. We got maybe .8 of an inch of rain for the month of June. We had some moisture through May, but not a lot. And, since then, it has been very dry and the crops are showing a lot of stress. The corn is really curled during the day. As early as it was planted, it should be tasseling by now, but it is not there yet.

“The soybeans are hanging in there. They still have potential and rain could really bring them on, but we sure don’t see anything in the forecast and the 90-degree temperatures do not help.

“We got .7-inch 10 days ago. That lasted for about a day. It perked things up a little and then it was ready for more. There is an area to the north and to the east that got some pretty nice rains this last weekend, but we didn’t get them.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring-June 11, 2012

“We’re getting a little bit of rain. Not a lot, but I’ll take it. It started raining before daylight this morning. It is just a gentle rain, which is enough to perk things up. I’ll take what I can get right now because there is not a lot coming in behind this. We’ve gotten a half an inch in the last two weeks.

“The corn is starting to show stress, but the stands are pretty good. The beans were in deep enough and they came in well, but now the crops are showing stress. So far we’ve gotten maybe a tenth.

“In this area there are a lot of spotty stands. Beans haven’t even come up yet in some fields. They didn’t get planted deep enough or there wasn’t enough moisture to bring them. There is some uneven corn, but it got in a little earlier and got a little more moisture to work with.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring, Wyandot County, May 28

“We could sure use a rain. I think the corn is getting some stress because of the lack of rain. I finished up about a week ago, but I actually have 30 acres of beans to plant yet. I have waited almost a year for the tiling machine to show up, so I thought we could wait a little longer to plant to finish tiling.

“I did have to replant about 300 acres of beans. The one and only big rain we had this spring came at the wrong time for those. In this area it was not as bad as the next county over where they got 5 or 6 inches and they really had to replant a lot.

“We had some cutworms, but nothing major. In general the crops are looking pretty good. We just need some rain now to perk things up and get the crops going.

They say there is maybe a chance tomorrow, but, with this dry air, it takes a pretty good weather front to get things going again.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring, May 7

“The rain came down awfully hard and we probably got more than we needed. We got three inches of rain at home but only a quarter inch here in one of our fields. It is just a big difference in just 10 miles. There is about 80 acres that I am sitting on that I have to plant yet that I can plant today. The rest of the fields I have to plant are pretty muddy and it could be a while before they dry out. I have about 500 acres of beans left to go.

“I waited until April 22 to start with beans and those first beans are up and the stands look good.

Some of the corn sat in the ground for a couple of weeks, but it stayed dry, so it wasn’t cold and wet. Then it came up nicely. The stands look pretty good. It is off to a good start.”… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring, Wyandot County, April 23

“We planted a little corn on April 11 just to get things started. We waited until the 16th before we really turned things loose.  I planted 95% of my corn last week and now it has turned cold. We’ll have to see what happens. I dug some up this morning and it has sprouted pretty well. It was nice and dry, which was good to plant in. We had to work the ground an extra time this year to get it ready, I think because of all the heavy rain and the lack of freezing and thawing.

“I got some that is spiked and almost ready to come up. It will warm up next week and be fine. We just got .7-inch on Saturday evening and that is drying off pretty fast. There is moisture where the seed is at, and it is germinating so we’re in good shape.

I was going to wait until the 21st to start planting beans, which is the crop insurance date.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring, April 9, 2012

“We’ve got a lot projects going on. We haven’t started planting yet, but some guys in the area have. We’re going to start this week if the weather cooperates. But for now, it is the last opportunity to catch up on all of the little things before planting season starts. We have all of our anhydrous on until sidedressing.  We got the spraying done last week. We’re ready to plant and just watching what the weather will do. The forecast says it will be cool for the next few days, but it looks like we have some warmer weather coming later in the week. Then we’ll get the seed in the ground and see what happens.

“We ‘re going to start with corn. I’ve heard about a few guys planting beans but I think I’ll wait another week or so for them. I am not in a big hurry to start the beans because of the risk of frost, but we will maybe get the beans started next week if the conditions are right.… Continue reading

Read More »

Jim Herring, March 26

There has been an early start for 2012 and no shortage of excitement about the months ahead. “I think there is a lot of optimism out there, but the input costs are catching up with the prices pretty quickly. My planters are all out and ready to go. I just need to dump seed in them. We had the anhydrous bar out and I put a little on just to get ready and try things out.”

Like most farms, there is plenty of soil variation, from the rich river-bottom ground that produced the second and third highest yielding corn yields in the country in NCGA’s 2011 Corn Yield Contest, to heavier clay ground that can offer significant planting challenges. “I will hold off planting until April, watch the long-term forecast and go from there. We run two planters and, if conditions are right, we may start on both corn and soybeans at the same time.… Continue reading

Read More »