Harvest activity was taking place on the Ohio State University research and demonstration plots surrounding the Farm Science Review this week. Results varied widely and ranged from 100 bpa to 130 bpa. Out on Ohio farms, the early results were also over the place. Kevin Cool, Certified Crop Adviser with Becks Hybrids in Ohio, told HAT, “Around Yorkshire they caught some rains on some decent soil and saw yields in the 150 range.” He said, like Indiana, however, there are some areas of the Buckeye State that the drought hit harder than others, “The worst I saw was 4 bpa that was eventually chopped for silage. In the Fort Recovery area, I saw some averages of 40 bpa.”
As a result, evaluating a hybrid’s performance will be difficult. So Cool recommends not making any big changes based on results from this year. At fall farm shows, seed companies like to show off their test plot results. This year those results don’t look to good, and Cool says farmers should not put a lot of stock in performance data they see from this year, “We have some plots that yielded 150, but we also have some that yielded 20 bpa. So the key is not to make any big changes based on this year’s results.” He added some growers are considering cutting back on plant population or fertilization, something he thinks is a bad idea.
Cool noted that, while these yields are well below average and very disappointing considering the early start most growers got this season, many are presently surprised by the yields they are getting, “We have been talking about this for so long and we watched out crops die in the field all summer, that some guys, they are actually pleased with some of the numbers they are getting.” His comments echoed those made by other seed firm representatives at the FSR, attitudes were good and there was plenty of optimism about the 2013 crop.
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