Marketing Talk hits the road
Agriculture.com's Mike McGinnis stopped by a Marketing Talk member's farm in central Ohio to find out what that part of the eastern Corn Belt harvest is like. Much like the rest of the Midwest, better-than-expected yields are being reported.
Justin Barnes, a Williamsport, Ohio, farmer has his combine running a few miles per hour faster than normal, attempting to harvest 1,300 more corn acres and 200 more soybean acres. "It's a late harvest, because we didn't plant until June," Barnes says.
Barnes, an active Marketing Talk member (justinbarnes710) is seeing better-than-expected yields. For corn, 200 bushel corn is being recorded, with 20% moisture. Soybeans are as high as 60 bushels per acre in some fields. "We're pleasantly surprised, considering we only had a few good rains this year," Barnes says.
With numerous family members, Justin is helping farm about 2,700 acres of corn and soybeans about 45 minutes south of Columbus, Ohio. While combining this 200-acre field, Barnes had a spout fall off of his auger. I asked if that was a sign of large yields and Barnes laughed.
The Barnes's farm in Pickaway County, Ohio, one of the top-5 corn-producing counties in the state. Ground sells for $5,000 and up, with rent rates between $150-$250. "Our 10-year on-farm averages are 165 bushels per acre for corn and 52 for soybeans," Barnes says.
Known for their staunch no-till farming practices, the current wet conditions don't scare the Barnes's from entering a field with a little mud. "We run no-till practices on corn and soybean ground," Tom Barnes, Justin's father says. "My dad was known for it as well. I'm sold on it."
Another stop on the Marketing Talk road show this fall!