Some farmers are working around the clock to finish their harvest in a race against Mother Nature.
Even though prices are lower this year, farmers are optimistic for a bumper corn and soy bean crop.
One combine is in the steady hands of a seasoned pro.
John Hostetler says technology makes his job a little easier than when he started farming years ago, “It pretty well runs itself right now”.
Computers control everything with just a touch of a button.
Sharpened rotors cut up dozens of cornstalks per minute, churning out a steady stream of kernels.
What has not changed is Hostetler’s love of being out in the fields.
It’s a passion he learned from his dad and has now passes to his son Brent, who rides right alongside him.
“I get to work with my family, I got to work with my grandfather for a few years before he retired,” said Brent Hostetler.
The Hostetler’s farm about 2,000 acres and have just a few fields to go.
Brent says it’s been phenomenal.
“Soy beans were good, wheat yield this summer - the best I ever raised,” he said.
And they had an average of 200 bushels an acre for corn, which is more than they expected.
The weather is always a big variable during the growing season.
This year, farmers say Mother Nature has been cooperative for the most part with adequate rainfall and temperatures.
What also helps yields are new varieties and hybrids, which make the crops more adaptable to changing weather conditions.
Now, the rush is on to beat the rain and farmers across central Ohio have the same idea.
For the Hostetlers, it’s a family tradition they would never trade for the world.
“I try not to complain about any one part of it, because I could be doing something else that’s much worse,” said Brent Hostetler.
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