From Across the Field – Hay Buying Help

With last week’s rain showers leaving much of the area saturated, there were limited opportunities for farming or even yardwork. I took advantage of the soggy conditions here in NW Ohio and headed south on Friday to a fairly productive couple of days in Morgan County. We had a good chance to winterize and store all of the hay equipment and tractors that we typically don’t use during winter time. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Keep Critters Out

Well where did October go? As I look at the calendar it feels like things are getting a bit hectic as we plan for Northwest Ohio Crops Day (February 8th), pesticide certification, and all of our other winter programming. Seems like the holidays will be here before we know it.

Significant progress was made in the last two weeks with regards to harvest, but with the recent and forecasted rainfall, it is looking like the remainder of harvest will be delayed for the time being. With a significant rain system heading our way and poor drying conditions it may take a while before fields are firm enough to access. This has raised some concerns over the standing corn stalk quality. Of course late harvest crop standability is largely weather dependent, however one can expect some lodging if a heavy wind come through the region. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Storage Woes

It is like Mother Nature passed a highway patrolman, hit the brakes and geared down temperatures from above 70 to 35 degrees in a real hurry. By in large, the change in temperature will not affect crop yield but will slow the rate of in field drying until we get a hard killing frost. Harvesting higher moisture grain requires more on farm drying capacity and storage, which may be at a premium.

On-farm storage will be a huge advantage this year with low commodity prices. Producers who have the capacity to store grain, especially soybeans may consider waiting to sell at higher prices. Continue reading

From Across the Field – The Downhill Slide

The middle of October is typically one of the busiest times of the year for all involved in agriculture. It is the time to harvest crops, wean calves, breed ewes, and cut firewood for the coming cooler weather. In addition, this is the time to work on planning for the farm enterprise in 2019, begin looking at balance sheets, income statements, and putting the pencil to estimated costs for the next growing season. Continue reading

From Across the Field –

While the dry warm weather was still here last week, there was an opportunity for farmers, mostly in the southern parts of the county to get in the field to harvest soybeans and plant some wheat. I suspect if the weather remains decent the dust clouds will really be rolling as the crop dries down, however the weather isn’t always as predictable or cooperating as we would like it to be.

Across the state yield reports have been very strong however crop and corn stalk quality may become a concern for some. In this week’s C.O.R.N. Newsletter there were three articles addressing these concerns.  One concern observed in corn at the NW Research station in Custar, is that of premature sprouting in corn. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Feels Like Fall

Fall is here officially and the drop in temperature, certainly seems to confirm so. For the first time since spring, I threw a jacket in the truck, just in case the wind decided to blow. It would be nice for things to dry out so the crops can continue to mature, for a somewhat timely harvest. While it may have come too fast for some, I tend to enjoy autumn for many reasons, harvest occurs, leaves change, and Big 10 football just to name a few. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Summer’s End

 

Over the weekend I finally got caught up one a little bit of lawn work. With these above average temperatures and ample moisture, the grass is growing rather quickly for this time of year. Remember we should be mowing at a height that is an inch to an inch and a half higher than your summer mowing level. Mowing higher will promote a stronger root system going into the winter dormant period. Continue reading

From Across the Field – Seasons of Change.

From hot and steamy, to cool and soggy they weather sure changed rapidly over the weekend, almost as to announce that fall was here. Earlier planted crops begun to turn with last week’s heat, however from what my colleagues are reporting, we here in far NW Ohio are a couple of weeks behind in terms of crop maturity.  As hurricane season ramps up in the Atlantic more rain is likely in the forecast. For those earlier planted corn fields stalk quality may become a concern. Continue reading