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Team FIN report: How the wet spring has affected one farmer’s buying decisions

Team FIN member Daryl Bridenbaugh of Pandora, OH, says that his fields were so wet that he couldn't haul manure out into them, and he ordered a new grain dryer in anticipation of wet corn at harvest. It was the wettest spring in Ohio history.


Daryl Bridenbaugh, one of Farm Industry News’ product testers, sent in this report on June 13, 2011, from his hometown of Pandora, OH.

The corn and soybean planting is nearing the end after the wettest spring in Ohio recorded history. My family finished up June 8. Tomatoes are still being transplanted. We are worried about the quality of our wheat. 

It rained almost every day during April and May. We sprayed our fields with fungicide and insecticide, but we are not sure if it did any good as it rained only a few hours after we sprayed it on. Our fields were too wet to haul manure, so I rented a Knight Side Slinger and drove in the grass along the roadsides and spit the manure out into the fields. 

I ordered a new grain dryer in anticipation of wet corn at harvest. I am trying to get the energy-saving grant that was available to help pay for it. We feel fortunate that the spring wind storms didn't blow any of our buildings down. We just had a little bit of roof damage from some of the nastiest winds I have ever heard. 

- Daryl Bridenbaugh


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