Field Compaction Tips

Some tips from the University of Nebraska to consider for the rest of harvest since it looks like we’ll have wet weather. The full article is here¬†and is worth a few minutes of your time.

10 Tips to Avoid Compaction on Wet Soils at Harvest Time

  1. Wait until the soil dries enough to support the combine.
  2. Don’t use grain bin extensions or fill the combine as full.
  3. Use wide tires with lower inflation pressures.
  4. Keep trucks out of the field. Consider unloading at the ends of the field, not on the go.
  5. Grain cart should track the same rows as the combine.
  6. Don’t turn around in the middle of the field.
  7. Don’t fill the grain cart as full, unload more often.
  8. Establish a grain cart path and stay on it.
  9. Don’t till wet soils as they are easily compacted.
  10. Use cover crops to help build soil structure.

2017 Barley Harvest

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We were able to harvest our Malting Barley fields this week. This is our second year growing Malting Barley and we saw quite the improvement from our first year. Some credit can be given to learning from last year’s experience, but the biggest change was the variety selected for production. We grew a two row variety as opposed to a six row last year. This new variety will provide a grain that is more desirable for malting.

Growing conditions were challenging this year with most of the late winter and spring time being damp and cold. Timely applications of nitrogen and fungicide were keys to a high yielding crop. Regardless of what growing conditions we may have each season the overall goal of Malting Barley production is the same as all of our products, Consistent High Quality.

We have been working with Origin Malts to set up a supply chain of Ohio grown Malting Barely for their new Malting Facility. Our production is still in it’s infancy, but we look forward to Malting Barley being a profitable choice for Ohio farmers for the first time in decades.