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Corn results discouraging





OBERLIN -- Francis Moore had some unkind words about how the corn crop he was harvesting was doing.

Explicit, in fact. Pausing, he described it again.

"Not very well," he said of how the corn in a field south of Oberlin was producing.

Moore was busy Monday harvesting high-moisture corn, destined to be fed to cattle at Sauvage Feedyard near Oberlin. He's already cut approximately 400 acres of corn, all of it coming from dryland fields destined for the feedlot.

The dry weather this summer took its toll.

"There just wasn't anything," he said of the moisture necessary to get the corn growing. "You can't grow an ear of corn without some moisture."

On Monday, Moore was busy cutting back and forth, taking eight rows of corn at a time, before he could fill up the bin on his John Deere combine.

"Maybe 20," he said of how many bushels an acre the corn crop was yielding.

Even at $8 a bushel, that's only $160 an acre, and costs have to come out of that.

"It ought to be better than that," he said.

Much better, in fact.

Moore said he hasn't started cutting any of the irrigated corn.

"It looks good," he said. "We haven't sampled it any."

And they've already cut some of the corn for silage.

"The worst of it," Moore said of what was cut for silage. "We had some that the insurance adjuster adjusted at less than a bushel an acre."

While Moore said he had a good wheat crop this summer, he's concerned about conditions for the upcoming planting season.

"We still have the hope of getting a rain or two in the 15 days before any wheat goes in the ground," he said.