Crops

Analysis of the impact of the RFS

More than a decade after the original renewable fuel standard (RFS) was signed into law, progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and boosting local economies, according to a new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association, “RFS Impacts: By the Numbers.” The analysis comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is [...]

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NCGA providing farmer perspective for biotech regulations

The National Corn Growers Association brought the voice of farmers into important conversations on U.S. biotechnology regulations during the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service public comment meeting held at the University of California, Davis last week. This session, which was the second of three, offered the opportunity to personally provide [...]

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Water quality meeting investigates next wave of sustainability initiatives

Farmers’ continuous commitment to adopting more sustainable agricultural practices is reaping significant benefits such as healthier soil and cleaner water. But, despite these successes, there is more work ahead to juggle the science and economic factors that must be blended and balanced as the speed of change increases. Finding the best path and striking that [...]

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Wheat harvest

Wheat harvest kicking off for for 2017

Combines started rolling in southern Ohio last week where the start of wheat harvest was running a week or so ahead of schedule. Scott Metzger in Pickaway County got started mid-week and the moisture was around 18% and yields were looking promising. Metzger has some frost damage, though, particularly in the low areas, but he [...]

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Is SCN impacting your soybean yields?

Typically, soybeans may begin to show symptoms of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) damage by July 1st. SCN is a parasitic roundworm that feeds on the soybean root system. The cyst stage of the nematode’s life cycle is when the female nematode is filled with eggs. Cysts are visible throughout the summer on soybean roots and [...]

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U.S policy with Cuba important for trade

In response to the Trump Administration announcement on the U.S. not lifting sanctions with Cuba, the National Corn Growers Association wants to emphasize the potential importance of Cuba as a trading partner. Cuba should be an easy market for U.S. corn farmers. Instead, that market has gone to our competitors — costing us an estimated [...]

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Kill the SMALL weeds

Everyone remembers the challenges of 2016 as it relates to controlling Giant Ragweed and Waterhemp, unfortunately the volumes of seed returned to the seed bank. We planned and prepared sound effective Resistance Fighter recommendations for our customers during the winter months to avoid repeating 2016. We committed to the use of overlapping residual herbicides, with [...]

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greens

Chlorinated water sanitation of leafy green vegetables for fresh produce processors

Before leafy green vegetables get to your local grocery store they are treated with sanitizers to reduce bacteria that have come in contact with the produce prior to or during harvesting and to prevent cross-contamination. Chlorinated water is usually used in fresh produce industry. Chlorinated water treatment is cost-effective and easiest to manage among all [...]

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Sorghum x Sudangrass, a real “slump buster”

Major League Baseball players are infamous for trying strange practices to get out of hitting slumps. Not shaving, not showering, and trying to keep the routine they used when the bat was finding the ball. Grazers in part of Ohio typically have a period of time called the “summer slump,” usually in late July and [...]

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