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Corn and soybean crop off to solid start; machinery sales up in NW Ohio

Late planting didn't affect Ohio farmer Daryl Bridenbaugh's corn and soybean crops this year. They are looking good so far this year, and so are machinery sales in the area.

We got kind of a slow start planting in NW Ohio but now have some of the nicest corn and soybeans that we have ever raised. I have friends who live Napoleon, Ohio. Last year it was absolutely bone dry there. Some of the soybeans that were planted in May didn't emerge until mid-August. Now this year, they have absolutely beautiful crops. It rained every day last week and we needed every bit that we got. Rains have been spotty. I have heard reports from my relatives in north central Pennsylvania that they didn't get any rain while at the same moment only a few miles away a house was washed off its foundation and the owner was swept away and drown. In a town about 40 miles east of where I live they had 4 in. of rain in one day and we only had a few tenths. Next on the agenda is wheat harvest as soon as the rains stop. 

Lots of farm ground has sold in the last year - more than I can ever remember. My John Deere dealer and my New Holland dealer have told me that sales have been excellent. Both have waiting lists for large machinery.

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