Is Ohio Still the Garden Spot?

October 2, 2013 07:27 AM
Is Ohio Still the Garden Spot?

As the calendar rolls over to October, these Henry County, Ohio, farmers are just starting to harvest soybeans.

"Yields are a bit better than I expected," says Mark Wachtman, Henry County, Ohio farmer. "Everything’s weighed in around 50 to 55 pounds, I think is going to catch it thus far at the maturity that we're at with 13 to 15 percent moisture."

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"So far we've just done 20 acres, and they've been what I guessed they would be, 50-bushel, maybe a little above," says Greg Vorwerk, Henry County, Ohio, farmer.

Both farmers say that’s average or even slightly better than normal. Vorwerk says he’s harvesting the field that got the least amount of rain this summer. So, he’s hopeful the yield monitor will see a slight bump as the weeks go on.

"We've had some pretty solid rains, and actually sitting pretty good," he says. "Things look real nice in this area,"

Wachtman says last year’s late season rains saved the beans. This year, rains shut off in late summer, sacrificing the top end bean yield.

"I actually expected a little less due to the fact that we had extremely wet in June and first part of July when we were trying to combine wheat and then we didn't get a lick of rain in august," says Wachtman.

It also took its corn on the corn crop.

"We had some tip back," says Wacthman. "Kernel depth isn't the greatest. A couple days did have pollination issues," he says.

Both of these Ohio farmers got into the field on time to a week late this spring, but compared to 2012, this growing season was a welcomed one.

"We didn’t have as extreme heat; we got up in the 80s, which is great for growth, and cooled off at night," Wachtman says. "All in all, pretty good season thus far."

Better weather than last year, but Ohio farmers weren’t immune to it all.

"We had a big wind storm in early July, it really goose necked our popcorn," says Vorwerk. "It did snap some of the field corn but overall, we still have 30 thousand plus stands. I don't think we'll have the top end yields like we thought, but our worst ground will definitely be better than average."



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