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Soybeans are Surviving the Heat July 24, 2011

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A heat wave has gripped the entire country; however, the Follow Farming soybean field looks great.  Summer heat can stress out the plants but we have received regular and adequate rain falls which helps the plants survive the high heat stress.  Check out our field.

Watching for Weeds – Farmers always have something to do June 20, 2011

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Keeping an Eye Out for Weeds

Now that the soybean seeds are in the ground, you may think that farmers have nothing to do. Not true! We are keeping a close eye on our field for weeds and to make sure the seed get through the soil.

Soybeans Starting to Emerge June 12, 2011

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Our soybeans were planted five days ago and are just starting to pop through the soil.  We have great moisture content in the soil right now so there is no problem with the beans getting stuck under a hard soil crust.  

pushing through the soil

As you will see, the beans are in the emergence stage (VE); not quite to the cotyledon stage (VC).  The link below will provide more technical information.  http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/cropsystems/components/5701a.html

Planting Day – See the Soybeans Go in the Soil June 8, 2011

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After a spring of extremely wet weather, planting day has finally arrived.  The soil has been prepared and our local farmer, Nathan Smith, is planting soybeans.  Take a look…

  • A High Tech Ride Inside the Tractor Cab — Ride along inside the tractor cab.  See what it looks like outside the front window. Get a bird’s eye view of the soybean air seeder.  And hear Nathan explain the technology which helps him be more efficient.
  • Watch the Tractor and Planter Work Across the Field
  • Ran Out of Seed — A reality for every farmer.  The air seeder is runs out of soybeans and it is time to refill.
  • Getting More Soybean Seed — Take a look at the hopper used to transport the seed from Morral Companies back to the field.  Again, an efficient way for farmers to quickly transport seed and get back to planting crops.
  • Filling the Planter — Back in the field, our local farmer will fill the planter so that he can get started planting again.
  • Back to Planting — We are putting soybean seeds in the prepared ground.  The prepared soil bed looks great.  There is good moisture in the ground.  With a little patience, our soybeans should be sprouting in 5-7 days.

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.

Update on Field Conditions March 21, 2011

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A quick stop at the field today showed that field conditions are starting to dry out.  The soil is looking good. When we walked out on the field, there are areas which are soft enough that you sink in an inch.  A few small areas of the field are starting to dry out enough that the top layer of soil is dry.   As farmers, we are five to six weeks away from planting.  Field conditions look good and we have no concerns about the soil at this time.

The next few weeks will busy for farmers in the Marion, Ohio area.  This is the time of year farmers are:

  • getting seed (corn and soybeans) delivered to their farm or picked up from the seed dealer
  • finalizing nutrient, weed control, and pesticide plans for the field, and
  • preparing tractors, planters and other equipment for the spring season.