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  • Jan 9, 2013
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    Land is selling in NW Ohio; tillage underway 3

    The soil in the latter part of November was dry in NW Ohio. There was less than 1 in. of rain in the whole month of November. My Case IH dealer said he never saw so many tillage replacement parts go out the door. Everyone was interested in taking out the ruts that they put in the fields in September and October. Lots of vertical tillage finishing tools have been sold in the last year and everyone who had them was out working ground with them....More
  • Dec 19, 2012
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    Abundant hay, continuing drought, mineral feeder 6

    A normal year for growing hay is cutting three to four times a growing season. The drought year of 2012 produced five cuttings of alfalfa. The hay season started early and received enough rain to keep growing all summer until November. Alfalfa is a plant with a tap root that was able to use what subsoil moisture was available....More
  • Dec 5, 2012
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    Land auction draws big and locally 22

    2012 has been a remarkable year for farmland values. Even a record-setting drought hasn’t dampened the market. And as this year draws to a close, the number of land sales has increased along with the prices paid for the land....More
  • Dec 3, 2012
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    The drought is not over 4

    There is a wire, ear-corn crib in our pasture that I drive by at least a dozen times a week.  Today I noticed that is was empty, and has been empty for the last 25 years. The old ear-corn crib is not the only empty bin on our farm. Three useable bins (the old wire ear-corn bin is a permanent bird roost) on our farm are unused as harvest 2012 is complete. The unused space would have held the 30% loss in corn yield, and the 15% loss in soybean yield due to the drought. An unused bin is not all bad since I hope to refurbish/update one of the bins this winter....More
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