Crops

Soybean Checkoff program referendum

USDA will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act. Soybean producers who are interested in having a referendum to determine whether to continue the Soybean Checkoff Program are invited to participate. To be eligible [...]

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alfalfa

Assessing winter injury in alfalfa

As alfalfa stands break dormancy and begin growth, growers should make plans to take some time to evaluate the health of those stands and determine if there was winter injury.  Some early bud growth was observed the last full week of March in the southern half of Ohio.  This evaluation is especially important in those [...]

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ODA honors top wines

Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels honored Ohio Quality Wines as Director’s Choice recipients at an event held at the Statehouse for retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and winery owners. More than 30 wines were evaluated by a panel of judges, on behalf of Director Daniels, for the highly coveted award. The 2014 award recipients are: •White Wine [...]

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WASDE eases low price concerns

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continued a series of recent reports that have offered corn and soybean producers a more optimistic grain-price outlook than what was expected for most of the winter, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. Cash corn prices fell to near $4 a [...]

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The Weekly Corn Belt Update – April 11th, 2014

Here are how things are shaping up across the Corn Belt as of April 11th, 2014. Maumee, OH: NW Oh remains wet and received another half inch of rain last night.  Wheat conditions are looking much better this spring than thought, based on the harsh winter.  Fieldwork is at least 10-14 days out. Greenville, OH: [...]

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Upcoming sessions target on-farm food safety for fruit, vegetable growers

A series of training sessions hosted by Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program continues through May and possibly into June, before the growing season gets into full swing. The Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) sessions provide produce growers the basics of on-farm food safety. In addition, participants will hear the latest news on revisions [...]

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Ray Weil

Deep roots leave a legacy in the soil

The channels left by plant roots, earthworms and other creatures can leave a valuable legacy in the soil, if properly cared for. These deep soil channels accomplish several valuable benefits. “These channels are a legacy in the soil,” said Ray Weil, a soil scientist from the University of Maryland while standing in a soil pit [...]

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High Tunnel Training later this month

OSU South Centers will be offering a High Tunnel Training on April 28, 29, and 30.   This training will be offered to Ohio educators and farmers.  This training will be hosted by Brad Bergefurd and OSU EIPM. This training is a three day process. April 28, Day 1– High Tunnel Facility Tour The tour will consist of four locations. First, [...]

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NCGA announces support for federal GMO labeling legislation

The National Corn Growers Association announced its support for legislation introduced at a press conference that would establish a federal standard for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients. “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act provides certainty for both consumers and farmers alike by creating a unified, [...]

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Tips for high yielding soybeans

Rotate: The highest soybean yields often are in fields that have been continuous corn, have high yield potential soils and often have plenty of manure. Proper fertility levels: Soil test: pH 6.5-7, 30-60+ pounds per acre Phosphorous, 200 to 300 pounds per acre K depending on soil type. Adequate drainage is a very important consideration also. [...]

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