Ohio farmers discuss harvest at Farm Science Review

Harvest is top of mind for many Midwestern farmers.

Southwest Ohio farmer David Clark says harvest is still a few weeks away for a majority of his soybean crop.

“I would probably say five percent of my leaves are yellow, the other 95 percent are green. They are not dropped, they are green so it will be awhile,” he says.

Clark says he harvested a small amount of soybeans with yields ranging from 40 to 63 bushels an acre.

“I planted some soybeans really early for a certain situation that’s a very short maturity bean and I couldn’t replant them because they needed to come off in a timely manner,” he says. “I harvested those Sunday and Monday.”

Clark serves on the board of trustees for the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association.

Northeast Ohio Farmer Ben Klick tells Brownfield conditions have been variable.

“Things have kind of been a whirlwind all summer. We started dry, got some moisture in a timely fashion and then it got dry again. We have some really good-looking crops and we have some poor-looking crops,” he says. “We chopped corn silage last week and it was pretty positive with what that turned out tonnage wise and what it appraised yield wise. I was actually very surprised for the year (we had). It goes to show how far hybrids continue to come year in and year out with dry weather. We’re 10 inches behind on average moisture rainfall on a majority of our farms. I think overall crops will be interesting. I’m excited to get in the field.”

Klick is the current president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.

Brownfield interviewed both farmers during the 2022 Farm Science Review.

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