Crops

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Big yields getting bigger will send low prices lower

Grain prices were mixed for the month of August. Soybeans had a decline of 58 cents. Corn spent a lot of time chopping in a sideways trading pattern as it was range-bound from $3.60 to $3.80. Wheat was up 20 cents for the month. Numerous rains came across the Midwest during August, predominantly falling in [...]

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Vietnam grants licenses to four genetically modified corn varieties

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for the first time has granted licenses to four genetically-modified corn varieties to be used for both human consumption and animal feed. This process started four years ago when Vietnam announced it would start field trials of these four varieties of genetically-modified corn. Since then, the [...]

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The Weekly Corn Belt Update – August 29th, 2014

WEEKLY CORN BELT CROP REPORT Host:  Jay Calhoun of Colgan Commodities “Snapshot Tour” The Snapshot Tour is hosted by Jay Calhoun of Colgan Commodities. This is a daily update on crop and weather conditions across locations in the Corn Belt.  Listen to the audio report in full by visiting www.colgancommodities.com and clicking on the audio [...]

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First Ohio Agriculture Fertilizer Applicator Certification training courses scheduled

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and The Ohio State University (OSU) announced they are beginning to offer training courses for the new Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program. Signed into law by Governor Kasich on May 22, Ohio Senate Bill 150 creates a first of its kind certification program for applying commercial fertilizer in Ohio. [...]

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$3 corn

Three-dollar per bushel corn — can it happen? There is no single issue with more impact on the economics of agriculture. Of course, corn growers have seen low prices before, but with sky-high inputs after an unprecedented stretch of strong prices, corn prices with a three in front of them still serve as a stark [...]

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Disease issues continue to show up in soybeans

Sudden death syndrome, or SDS, has been observed in soybean fields over the last week. Many soybeans throughout Indiana emerged from wet soils this spring, and growers should be watching for symptoms of SDS in fields over the next few weeks. The fungus that causes SDS, Fusarium virguliforme, infects soybean early, and symptoms are typically [...]

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Palmer amaranth in Fayette County.

Palmer amaranth on display at field day

At today’s Seed Consultants, Inc. field day outside of Washington Courthouse, there were a number of topics discussed, but one of the key areas of interest at the meeting was the Palmer amaranth agronomist Mike Earley pulled from a field near Jeffersonville. Bagged up to keep from spreading the prolific seeds, Earley showed attendees the [...]

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Best management practices for keeping phosphorus on the field

Looking at current Ohio field research and the literature available on the topic of minimizing losses of phosphorus at the edge of the field the following recommendations are a starting point to maximizing productivity while minimizing environmental impacts on water quality.   Phosphorous rate, application and timing Avoid overloading soils. Soil test and follow tri-state [...]

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Issues to assess in 2014 crop fields

As the 2014 growing season progresses, there are several issues Ohio’s farmers may be facing. Although growing conditions have been favorable and in many areas of the state the current crop condition is very good, the cooler wet weather has made this year especially challenging. Since early spring the weather has created problems, some of [...]

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Silage harvest timing

Corn development has accelerated with the recent warm temperatures. Silage harvest has begun in some parts of Ohio with earlier planting dates. Proper harvest timing is critical because it ensures the proper dry matter content required for high quality preservation, which in turn results in good animal performance and lower feed costs. Harvesting corn too [...]

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