Crops

Ohio Corn Marketing Program seeks election to board for five districts

Pursuant to Section 924.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, David T. Daniels, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture will conduct an election of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Board on December 15, 2016. The Ohio Corn Marketing Program is designed to increase the market for corn and the profitability to Ohio corn producers. The purpose of [...]

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This marestail in June was sprayed April 24 with glyphosate and 2,4-D.

Want weed answers for 2017 – Start this Fall

So the calls have been coming in — “I have Horseweed this summer that I just cannot control!” And this 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 of the Ohio and especially the southwest corner [...]

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Considerations for wide-row wheat

Growers may be interested in wide-row wheat production due to reductions in equipment inventory (lack of grain drill) and to allow intercropping of soybean into wheat. With funding from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Michigan Wheat Program, we’ve conducted several wide-row wheat trials. How much is wheat yield reduced when planting in [...]

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Too early to sell 2017 soybeans?

Soybean prices during the last five months of the 2015-16 marketing year averaged much higher than during the first seven months of the year. For example, the average daily bid price at central Illinois locations was $8.67 during the first seven months and $10.28 during the last five months of the year. Those daily prices [...]

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Court sides with ag retailers on process safety management standard

The D.C. Court of Appeals last week ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act when it issued an enforcement memorandum on July 22, 2015, redefining the “retail facility” exemption to the Process Safety Management Standard. The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute, which brought the suit [...]

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 26th, 2016

Little to no rain this week has accelerated crop maturity and provided opportunities for fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 25th . The hot and dry weather promoted the drying of the corn crop. [...]

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Changes coming for USDA’s largest conservation program

In response to customer and partner input, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced a significant update to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program by acreage. Beginning with the new enrollment period planned later this year, the updated CSP will leverage redesigned planning and evaluation tools and an expanded array [...]

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Corn Harvest Cab Cam — Schmitmeyer Farms, Mercer County

The Ohio Ag Net crew visited the farm of the Schmitmeyer family for the first week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, fall 2016 edition. Corn harvest had just begun on their Mercer County farm south of Celina at the time OAN’s Joel Penhorwood visited with Pat Schmitmeyer about their yield, operation, and more.

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Barry Ward talking farm profitability in 2017 at the "Ask the Experts" station.

Crop profitability a bleak picture in 2016, 2017

Ohio State’s Barry Ward took a look at possible crop profitability in 2017, and as you may imagine, the picture isn’t too bright. “It’s not as good of an outlook as what we would like. Obviously the numbers are pretty negative at this point,” Ward said. “We’ve got a cost structure that’s still a legacy [...]

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Moldy corn, kernel sprouting and upright ears

Moldy ear and kernel sprouting problems have been reported in parts of Ohio especially west central and NW Ohio. The title photo by Sam Custer, Extension Educator in Darke County and the photo below by Dr. Pierce Paul is a good illustration of what is being found in some fields: The moldy ears have been [...]

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