ZEELAND, N.D. – Mark Rohrich, along with his dad, Thomas, and brother, Allan, have been very busy with row crop harvest in late September.
Lately the weather has been warm and dry which has made for a problem-free harvest. They’ve had multiple frosts in the last week as well.
“We finished soybeans on Friday (Sept. 21) without any problems,” Mark reported on Sept. 26. “Yields were better than expected. We just started corn today, and that will bring some long nights.”
Besides harvesting, Thomas has been working the last few weeks in between soybean and corn harvest with Mark’s uncle, Carroll, working on breaking up some land to farm next year.
Meanwhile, Allan has been busy maintaining the family’s equipment during harvest as well as for his customers that are also harvesting.
“Both have been working alongside me during harvest along with Allan’s wife, Becky, and my grandpa, Claude Rohrich,” Mark said.
The Rohriches have 920 acres of corn and 715 acres of sunflowers remaining to be harvested.
“With the frost and now the heat, it looks like we could finish by the end of October, which is unusually early to finish up harvest,” Mark said.
And, knock on wood, the Rohriches have been fortunate not to have any delays or problems with harvest this year so far.
“We were satisfied with our soybean yield,” Mark said. “For the corn we started today – which is the earliest I can remember harvesting corn – the yields and quality are better than expected for the particular field. Test weights are around 58 and moisture is running less than 17 percent.”
The Rohriches hauled all their soybeans to a local elevator in Bowdle, S.D.. They had been paid on some previously contracted beans in the $13 range.
The corn is all going to go into bins back at the farm, as well as the sunflowers.
Other producers in the area are nearing 75 percent completion of their soybeans and most are anxious to get a start with corn, according to Mark.
Reflecting back on the 2012 growing season, Mark said this year’s drought accelerated the maturity of all the crops.
“It has also exposed marginal soils and poor water management practices, both of which resulted in lower yields,” he said. “Spotty rain showers have definitely impacted yields for many farmers.”
At Maverick Ag, the agronomy business Mark started this summer with his partner, Matt Schlepp, they are just finishing up a few burn down fields with their ground sprayer as well as desiccation of sunflowers with Roundup and Sharpen by aerial application.
“Even though spraying has slowed down quite a bit, we are still finding ourselves extremely busy, “ he said, adding that they are also continuing to evaluate seed variety performance and secure supplies for their customers.
Work also continues on the business’ new building, according to Mark’s significant other, Jenny Dewey.
“Who knew that building and designing an office could take up so much of your time? While the boys (Mark and Matt) are gone for the day, I have been busy space planning our office as well as picking out paint colors, furnishings, and flooring,” Jenny said.
“The office is framed and next week we will begin on interior finish work,” she said, adding the main warehouse structure is complete and workers just installed the roll up doors on Sept. 26.
They have yet to secure a date for a grand opening, but are hoping to be close to completion by mid-November.