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Marestail. Photo by OSU Extension.

Weed answers for 2018 start this fall

So this year I am getting even more calls and comments on run-away marestail. “Last year I killed it,” is often the remark I hear, too. And following is my response regarding horseweed (Conyza canadensis), or marestail as it is known in Ohio This may be a new weed to you but the western side [...]

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Fall soil sampling?

The goal of a soil sample is to make a fertilizer recommendation for crop production. To provide that recommendation, calibration studies are done to measure crop response. For Ohio, the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations provide the calibration study history for recommendation development. While there are other “recommendations” used in Ohio, few have done the comprehensive work [...]

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Bill boosts funding for MAP, FMD programs

The bipartisan CREAATE Act — a bill to increase investment in two federal programs with a proven track record of building global demand for U.S. agricultural products — was recently introduced by Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The passage of the bill would increase investment in the [...]

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Check out the Gwynne Conservation Area at FSR

Look for new features like wildflowers and a healthy streambank in the FSR Gwynne Conservation Area. The nearly 70-acre facility, part of the Farm Science Review’s host site, the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, has two new projects underway — one to diversify its prairie plantings; the other, to protect the banks of Deer [...]

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Green stem in soybeans

One issue that impacts soybean harvest in the eastern Corn Belt at some level each year is green stem syndrome. Green stem syndrome could be larger issue for the 2017 harvest because of latter planting dates in many areas. When green stem syndrome occurs, stems and leaves can remain green after pods have matured. As [...]

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South Korea trade teams tour Ohio agriculture

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) said trade teams from South Korea visiting the U.S. over the last three months helped to solidify trade between the U.S. and Korea under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, known as KORUS. The Council has been hosting trade teams this summer from South Korea, visiting U.S. farmers and grain suppliers [...]

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Cool weather and corn dry down

The recent cooler than normal temperatures may impact corn drydown. Once corn achieves physiological maturity (when kernels have obtained maximum dry weight and black layer has formed), it will normally dry approximately 3/4 to 1% per day during favorable drying weather (sunny and breezy) during the early warmer part of the harvest season from mid‑September [...]

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NCGA corn yield contest harvest forms online

With harvest beginning across the country, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that online harvest forms for the 2017 National Corn Yield Contest are available online for those who entered the contest. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within two weeks of their final yield check [...]

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Increased photosynthesis could mean big yield bumps

Political and agricultural leaders gather at the University of Illinois today to see transformative work by scientists in the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) research project, which has already demonstrated yield increases of 20%. A $45 million, five-year reinvestment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), and [...]

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Precision agriculture highlighted with Ohio State logo

From the ground, it looks like just another Midwestern cornfield. Nothing special. Fly a few hundred feet above the cornfield, and a clear image comes into view: a Block O with the words “Ohio State” angled through the middle of it. Buckeye pride? Partly. But the logo also illustrates the power of “smart planting.” As [...]

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