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Cool, wet weather on Ohio farm

We have been having cool late-September-type weather with plenty of rain. The community I live in looks like the Garden of Eden in comparison to lots of other areas in Ohio. The Findlay, Ohio, area in general looks good. Our soybeans are growing and look like the nicest ones we have ever had. The corn ears are going to have a lot of odd-shaped kernels, but we are hoping for two-thirds of our normal yield. Due to my accident I haven't been running errands like I usually do in the summertime, but I have seen extremely dry areas 45 miles south of me in the Indian Lake area and 40 miles north of me in the Napoleon area. We are really having to decide what we are going to be doing in the future since I've had the double whammy of my tractor rollover accident and the windstorm that damaged just about all my barns, buildings and storage facilities. My cracked pelvis is healing well, but it certainly isn't pain free. I've chopped all of our wheat stubble and I have been doing a lot of lawn mowing, but I don't do any heavy lifting or any livestock chores. I can't afford to take any kind of heavy blow or fall. I've signed up for a Lake Erie Improvement program with my Soil Conservation Office. They want extensive use of cover crops, grid soil sampling, and no-till or conservation tillage that leaves more than 30% residue on top. They will pick up the cost of the cover crops and soil sampling. I'll probably rent a strip-till tool so that I meet the residue requirements.

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