2012 Between the Rows

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

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Mark Thomas-August 27, 2012

“Maybe 10 days ago we got four or five tenths of an inch of rain and we’re getting a nice rain right now. It is a nice soaker. A lot of guys are chopping. I’ve heard about guys getting in the fields and stopping and guys that wished they had started earlier. I’ve heard anywhere from 60% moisture to 80% moisture. We’re looking for 62% to 67%. Some of it is drier than you think and some of it is wetter. There is a little bit of everything. Some guys have been pleasantly surprised with 20 tons per acre and there are guys that are normally getting 25 or 30 tons per acre that are getting into the teens.

“A friend of mine is going to shell some corn this week. He planted some 88-day corn early and it is dry and hanging. We’re not even ready to do corn silage yet.… Continue reading

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Billy Pontius-August 27, 2012

“There is good corn and there is bad corn. Pollination is not really good, but it is better than I thought it would be. We are going to have small ears, which is a given, but the ears are pretty well pollinated. It will be tough to judge yields until we actually get out in it.

“I checked the moisture this morning. It was at 25% or 26% moisture, so I would say in 10 days or so we’ll start shelling some to see what it really is. I am a little concerned about ears dropping and falling off the stalks. The plants gave everything to the ear and I am hoping we don’t get a hurricane wind blowing on this stuff out here and bringing a bunch of moisture while we’re trying to harvest.

“We had some rains that helped the beans. I am really impressed with how the beans filled out, even the earlier beans.… Continue reading

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Mark Dowden- August 27, 2012

“We had a meeting last week and they are wanting to step up to 20,000 acres for Vistive low linolenic soybeans in Ohio. Ohio has the right climate and environmental conditions for the best oil and the crushing facilities that want to be on board for it. The Vistive yields look like they held up through the dry weather. Around us we were pretty fortunate and the rain has really helped all of the beans. I think there will be some surprising yields in beans. The rains really turned them on.

“The corn is going to be better than it would seem around here too. It seemed to come through it, though I don’t know how. West of Urbana there is some corn being shelled already. They started last week. The field looked dead. There wasn’t much green out there. I assume it was planted early with a short maturity.

“Our early corn is coming right along.… Continue reading

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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

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Mark Dowden- August 6, 2012

“I think we’ve had almost seven inches of rain on some of our farms in the last few weeks. It may help the corn a little and it is sure doing the beans a lot of good. The pods are really starting to swell up.

“We’re getting a lot of weeds. I am afraid we’re going to have to go back out and spray some spots. We don’t want to go back through the beans again but we have to spray our double-crops yet anyways. We’ve seen some spider mites but we keep getting rains that knock them back a little bit. We’ve found a lot of four bean pods and I think we’re really going to be surprised with some of these soybeans.

“We had really good pollination in the corn, but with the dry weather it started cutting back on the tips. I think that, with this rain, the kernels are filling out a little more.… Continue reading

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Mark Thomas- August 6, 2012

“Things aren’t perfect, but they are pretty darn good up here. We’re just ready to make fourth cutting hay. It looks to be pretty nice, especially compared to third cutting. The sudangrass looks really good and we’re relying on it for quite a bit of tonnage. We got another inch and a quarter over the weekend.

“Every time we got to the point where we thought, if it doesn’t rain, we’ll be in trouble, we got enough water to keep things growing. There are some guys that are chopping corn silage on the early-planted light soils that were hurt the worst. I have heard about some corn appraised for 40 bushels per acre.  We will average 140 or 150 bushels per acre. Our soybeans, except on the light ground, look like they are going to be OK too.

“There is some corn for silage where there was no pollination. The rains have added some moisture, which will help with the tonnage and with the high nitrates.… Continue reading

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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

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Billy Pontius-August 6, 2012

“We’re getting ready for harvest. Things are at a standstill right now. No spraying needs done and we’re just getting everything ready to roll. I would say we’ll get started with harvest in about a month. If you get down around Circleville on the gravel ground, they may start harvest in a couple of weeks. The corn plants were dying, but that little bit of rain helped them to green back up a bit. I don’t know if it will help yield any.

“I’m hoping for corn around 120 bushels. I’ve done some ear counts and there are some decent sized ears and some plants with no ears on them and some plants with nubbins on them. It is really hard to tell.

“If I can hit 120 bushels with $7 or $8 corn we’re talking about the same amount of money or more per acre as 200 bushels at $4.… Continue reading

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Mark Thomas, July 16

“About 30 days ago we got 1.5 inches, then we got about two tenths since then and yesterday we got an inch an a tenth. I was giggling like a kid loading manure in the rain.

“The rain was a difference maker and it just makes you feel better when you get some water. I am looking at a 100-acre field of silage and it is thick, green and lush. There are spots that are short, but it is mostly pretty tall. It is a long season corn and the tassels came out over night after the rain. My yard now has a light yellow/green tint to it instead of brown and crunchy. The hayfields and the sudangrass have greened up a little.

“These spotty rains are welcome when you can get them. I am starting to see some yellow spots in the soybeans from spider mites. I hope the rain knocked them back.… Continue reading

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Mark Dowden, July 16

“We got four tenths yesterday and we had one farm get hit with almost an inch on Thursday night. I didn’t get either rain at my house, though, and four tenths do not amount to much as dry as it has been. The high temperatures burn that moisture up really quick. We have some fields that got some rain and some that got none.

“Where we got that inch, it really perked things up. The rest is getting tough and looking worse every day. Surprisingly, I think we’ve had really good pollination. It got cool enough at night that it worked. Every day that we don’t get rain we’re going to have smaller kernels.

“We’re starting to see burnt up places over the knolls in the soybeans. There is still a lot of potential for the beans. They are podded up good but we need to get some water to fill them out.… Continue reading

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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

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Billy Pontius, July 16

Another round of rains missed the farm. “We’re hoping for 100 bushels on corn. It has had two inches of rain since planting. You’ll see an ear that is really good and then you’ll see one that’s not good. A few ears are pollinated completely and then there will be one that only is 25% pollinated. It is all over the board depending on how much moisture the plant got.  The average of it is not good. That 100-degree heat got it. The later pollinating corn is no better off than the earlier corn because we just haven’t gotten any more moisture. The blacker dirt is holding the moisture a little better. The clay banks, though, pollinated but the some of the plants never shot an ear.

“I am surprised that, with less than two inches of rain since we planted, that this corn isn’t already dead. If we had this 10 years ago, we’d be shelling corn right now, or mowing it.… Continue reading

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Billy Pontius, Fairfield County, July 9


“We haven’t had rain since Friday June 29 and we only got four tenths out of that. It is crucial right now. I have checked some pollination and there are some pretty serious problems in pollination on some of this corn. Being 100 degrees and pollinating is not good. It has been pollinating for about two weeks. I would say maybe 20% never even pollinated. Even if it did pollinate, if it doesn’t get any rain it will abort the kernels.

“A lot of the corn is fired and is turning brown halfway up the stalk. Some plants may not even have an ear on them. A substantial amount of rain is the only thing that is gong to help this corn. Even then, I think we’d be lucky to hit 150-bushel corn. It is hard to guess, but I would say 100- to 150-bushel corn would catch most of my crop this year.… Continue reading

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Mark Thomas, Stark County, July 9

“We set a record high of 101 on Saturday. It was windy and there was no rain. We haven’t had any of the devastating stuff, but we are extremely dry. On July 5, we got less than a half a tenth and that is all we had in the last couple of weeks. Some of the crops are looking really stressed. We have some corn that has the gray pineapple look to it and there is no rain in the forecast. I am optimistic that, with these cool nights, we’ll get a good dew to help hold things over and back some of the stress off a little bit. We’re not to total devastation yet like some people are with hail and winds.

“Corn in the area has tasseled and is pollinating. Most of that corn is about 75% or 80%, but it needs moisture to pollinate. Our corn is maybe a week away from tasseling.… Continue reading

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Mark Dowden, Champaign County, July 9


“We got some rain out of the wind storm. We got an inch to two inches out of that. The worst wind went through south of us. A farmer down around St. Paris lost four 40,000-bushel bins and one 30,000-bushel bin. His dryer, augers and 28% tank blew over. A bunch of buildings lost roofs. The wind laid the corn over is some areas. It was bad in a few spots.

“The corn is all tasseled out and pollinating right now. At least it isn’t 100-degrees right now and we’re supposed to stay in the 80s this week. Some of it was pollinating in the 100-degree temperatures, though. Time will tell, but we’re going to have to have some more water. I don’t know how much we’ve been hurt. It is hard to tell.

“The corn was curled pretty good even just a couple of days after the last rain.… Continue reading

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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

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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

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Mark Dowden-June 25, 2012

“Last Sunday, some of our ground got a little over an inch of rain on it, but at home we got nothing. It was that cut and dry, there wasn’t much in between. Two weeks ago, we got around .4-inch.

“I would assume the crop is starting to get hurt in some areas. The corn is starting to tassel in a few areas. The soybeans look pretty decent, but they are dormant in the dry weather. They aren’t really doing much of anything.

“The wheat was really good. We got it all off and the straw is pretty much baled. We don’t have it all hauled in yet, but it looks like it will average around 90 bushels. We had one field average more than 100 bushels per acre. It was dry and had good test weight and there were good conditions to bale the straw.

“The neighbor bales up the wheat and buys it from us right out of the field.… Continue reading

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Billy Pontius-June 25, 2012

“This corn is having a really hard time right now. If we don’t get a rain before it hits 95 again, it will take its toll.

“I got a half-inch of rain two weeks ago. That is all the measurable rain we’ve gotten in a month and a half in some fields. When you get into a dry period like this, it is hard to get a rain. If we don’t get rain soon, I think we’ll see guys shelling corn around here in the second or third week of August. It is that bad.

“On the gravel ground, the corn is turning a gray color and that is serious. If it starts raining now, there is maybe still potential for 150-bushel corn in some fields, but I have some corn that has already started pollinating. And, the leaves are curling up during the day around that tassel to protect them.… Continue reading

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