RE: 118 vs 111 .........I'm in 5b in Michigan, and so far, 111 has been producing quicker than 118. That surprised me as I've read a lot of internet stuff saying the opposite. And 7's have produced quicker than the 111's.
With that said, henceforth, I'm gonna be planting in pairs.....a 9 with an 111 or 118, with the hope that within 2 or 3 years the 9 drops fruit while the big engines of the 111/118 warm up for the long term run.
Funny you mention SE Ohio and a retiring guy buying a piece of it. That is not new. My first real job....40yrs ago was building buildings for one of the large national pole-building companies. My 'honey-hole', the geography that made me some real money --was SE OH...Sciota, Vinton, Lawarence, Jackson, Gallia, etc. My ever-reliable market demographic was guys retiring out of Cleveland/Akron/Columbus....who would buy their 40 or 60 or 80......and become country-gentleman. They all wanted a 30x40 or 40x60 'utility' building. And that made my dime.
Some things never change.