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Wet Weather Planting Decisions May 31, 2011

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With this spring’s especially wet weather, farmers may be adjusting their planting decisions.  At our Follow Farming field we recently made the decision that instead of five acres of corn and five acres of soybeans, we are going to plant all soybeans.  Farmers are beginning to adjust because corn would typically get planted between April 15 and May 31 in our local area.

Crop insurance is a way that farmers manage risks.  Allen Douce of the Thomas Milligan Agency explains what crop insurance is and how farmers may utilize its many options.  This year has certainly required farmers to make and continually adjust their planting decisions.


Field Conditions – May 27th May 27, 2011

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Our field has received more than six inches of rain just in May so the soil continues to be completely saturated with water laying in ponds. We have recently made the decision to change our planned crop from five acres of corn and five acres of soybeans to all soybean crop. We decided it is just getting too late in the growing season to plant corn. Farming is full of decisions and risks. This spring’s weather is just one example of both – decisions and risks.

Farmers from across the state met this week at the Ohio Department of Ag to discuss the delayed planting season. Below are three quick quotes from the discussion. Check out more information at the Ohio Farm Bureau website. 

Ramey – We have 11% corn in the ground, usually have 80%. OH has never been this far behind in the history of OH crop reporting.

Lozier: May rainfall currently 170% of normal, not counting last night. Stream flows literally off the charts.

Zehringer: Farming is not for the weak of heart, we are risk takers, we are entrepreneurs.

Wet Weather Conditions Continue May 4, 2011

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Last night, Cy Prettyman showed off his muddy boots in the field.  We are all aware that this April went down as the wettest on record for Ohio.  The first few days of May have continued to be rainy and cool.  Farmers are looking for the soil to dry out and warm up before planting corn and soybeans. Right now, corn plantings are approximately 55% behind one year ago and 35% behind the ten year average according to USDA.  You might remember last year we had great weather for spring planting and many farmers had all their corn planted by May 1st.

Meet a Farmer – Ben McKinniss May 2, 2011

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This young farmer shares that his family’s farm raises Angus cattle, corn, soybeans, and wheat.  Like other farmers, Ben tells us he is not afraid of a hard day’s work.