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Fungicides important for quality wheat

Successful wheat production has not been without significant challenges in recent years. But, while there is no way to control all of the variables for guaranteed success, there are some important management steps that can be taken to dramatically improve the odds. “You’re going to want to look at a fungicide program particularly at heading, [...]

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MRTN – Maximum return to N

So how do we make nitrogen (N) recommendations in Ohio? Current recommendations from Ohio State University use an economic model to set our corn nitrogen rate. The Maximum Return To N (MRTN) concept was developed by soil fertility specialists from across the north central region: this is a regional Corn Belt wide approach for nitrogen [...]

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Soybean yields fluctuate less with weather extremes

Soybean crop yields tend not to fluctuate much and are less likely to be negatively impacted by less than ideal weather compared to other grain crops such as corn. In fact, the state average soybean yield declined only 8% during the drought of 2012, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio [...]

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Tips for bigger berry production at workshop

Small-fruit researchers with College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a workshop May 25 on a production method that results in larger, sweeter strawberries and can help growers extend the harvest season by weeks. Called plasticulture strawberry production, the method is an increasingly popular technique in which strawberries are planted [...]

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OSU hops tours

Farmers and brewers can learn about hops and how to grow the increasingly popular crop during the First Fridays Hops Tours at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. The tours, which are offered on the first Friday of the months of May, June and July, will allow participants to learn more about the Ohio hops [...]

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Brazil has tremendous agricultural potential.

Recent mission reveals Brazil’s huge production potential moving forward

On March 11, farmers with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association embarked on a 12-day market study mission of Brazil, a major competitor of international sales to the U.S. The purpose of this mission was to gain a better understanding of Brazil’s role in the worldwide market of agriculture. The in-person mission allowed first-hand [...]

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Are large corn and soybean price swings finished or just getting started?

Corn and soybean prices have traded in a wide range since last summer. July 2016 corn futures traded to near $4.70 in early July 2015, declined into harvest, and then bottomed at $3.51 following the release of the recent USDA Prospective Plantings report. July 2016 soybean futures traded near $10.31 in early July 2015, dropped [...]

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Carbon dioxide increases may be affecting bees

Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have reduced protein in goldenrod pollen, a key late-season food source for North American bees, a Purdue University study shows. Researchers found that the overall protein concentration of goldenrod pollen fell about one-third from the onset of the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of the 21st century. Previous studies [...]

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 25th, 2016

Growers made significant planting progress on oats this week between rains this week. There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 24th. While weather was significantly better for field work, with warmer weather drying out fields, growers were still somewhat limited by periodic rains. In addition to planting oats, some growers [...]

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GDDs and corn emergence

A great deal of field work has been done over in the week. As corn is being planted across the eastern Corn Belt and another growing season has begun, it will be time to walk and scout fields. Once the corn is planted, the next critical event will be uniform emergence. Many producers have read [...]

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