Monday, October 6, 2014

Jack Frost Is Close

Ole Jack Frost is close and he was expected to make a visit last night(Sunday morning).  Mother Nature had the last say though, and clouds blew up from the southwest and kept enough cover to keep the temperature up to 41 degrees here.  It's not good growing conditions but it is not killing conditions, either.

Those "greenie beanies" are still alive in southwest Ohio and there is a bunch of them.  Their yield would have been highly affected if Jack had visited last night.  Most late fields need 10-30 days to mature and they may get it and they may not.

June 19 planted 3.9 maturity soybeans need until October 18 to mature according to my maturity chart.  Many fields were planted after that, including the few fields of double crop soybeans around here so they need even more time than that.  They may not get the days needed to mature naturally.  They did last year.

I found this link that gives good perspective.  Our average first frost is somewhere between October 13 and October 24.  We are approaching both dates.  Since we are located between Wilmington and Hillsboro, Ohio, we probably fall somewhere in-between.  That blood moon eclipse Wednesday night may have something to say about it but its not in the forecast.  You know what I think of forecasts when the reports often don't even match what we received here.

We've had a very cool, wet year compared to others and now the dollar is high and the yields are high and the price is the lowest in five years.  Farmers need every bushel they can harvest to not loose money this year, at least in this area.

It's been windy the last 3 days and we all hope it is drying down the corn more than it is blowing it down.  Every point of in field drying we can get is a bonus.  We are very fortunate there with a very warm September.

Jack Frost didn't visit last night but he is coming soon.  He will affect the final soybean yield on this farm and many in southwest Ohio.  The picture shows double crop soybeans a year ago this week and close to what we have today.

Ed Winkle

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