Farming is more than a job for Ohio wheat grower, John Hoffman. Farming is his passion.
For the past 35 years, Hoffman has been raising corn, soybeans and wheat in South Central Ohio and double cropping has become a common practice on his operation.
“We like growing wheat,” Hoffman said. “Double cropping really lends itself to our area and helps us compete.”
Double cropping is one efficient tool that allows farmers to maximize production and spread input costs. In many cases, including Hoffman’s, double cropping requires no special efforts. Farmers are able to plant bulk seeds and use the same machinery that was used to plant and harvest the first crop. Hoffman practices no- till farming, which has also made double cropping easier and readies the field for a corn rotation.
“Everyone wants to grow a crop that’s profitable,” Hoffman said. “When we couple the double crop soybeans, it helps wheat compete with corn’s profitability per acre and provides an alternative cropping option when corn prices are low.”
Hoffman started double cropping soybeans and wheat 20 years ago because of the on-farm benefits associated with double cropping. He has seen yield boosts in his corn crop after double cropping wheat and soybeans.
“Double cropping doesn’t have any adverse effects on our overall farm production,” Hoffman said. “In fact, it is an essential practice that let’s us keep growing wheat and allows maximum yields with our other crops, due to wheat’s rotation benefits.”
Hoffman’s father was a wheat farmer and he is proud to continue his family’s tradition. Hoffman looks forward to the future of the wheat industry as agricultural technology advances and improves the farming community.
You can find more information about double cropping on our blog: Double-Cropping Wheat, Soybeans Allows for Expanded Production, Increased Profits.