Crops

ASA shows support for neonicotinoid seed treatments

The American Soybean Association reiterated support for pollinator health and the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments to soybean farmers in comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA released an analysis in October, contending that neonicotinoid seed treatments do not contribute to improving soybean yield; however, ASA has heard from farmers, especially in the northern [...]

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Schedule set for on-farm food safety training programs for fruits and vegetables

Ohio State University Extension’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program is again hosting training sessions on “Good Agricultural Practices” for Ohio’s fruit and vegetable producers. “This year’s program is very similar to the 2014 program,” said Lindsey Hoover, the program’s coordinator. New this year is information on the proposed supplement to the produce safety rule in the [...]

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Pro Farmer Crop Tour

A tool to make profitable decisions in 2015

The commodity price outlook for 2015 is lower than it has been in recent years and input prices have held firm for the most part, putting a tight squeeze on profit margins for farmers. Knowing your numbers will be a key to making profitable decisions in 2015, according to Alex Johnson, an agronomist with Beck’s [...]

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The evolution of digital agriculture and considerations today

A farmer commented to me the other day when talking about data that the industry “really needs to be able to exchange data across platforms.” This comment was associated with other comments about how farmers are looking for help in understanding the benefits data can bring to their business but also how data services and [...]

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OSU Extension winter agronomy meetings

Winter meeting season is here for 2015 and that means getting some personal and professional education. We on the Agronomic Crops Team try to provide programs of interest to corn, soybean and wheat growers across Ohio. See our calendar throughout the winter: http://agcrops.osu.edu/calendar. February is a big Extension meeting month. Please pick out the one [...]

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Considering new or replacement agricultural drainage in 2015?

This is the time of the year when decisions can be made on adding new subsurface drainage, or replacing older systems. When considering a new system, you might want to think about an alternative system design, a Drainage Water Management System. All of the benefits that come with a traditional subsurface drainage system can be [...]

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Sheetz makes E15 announcement

The National Corn Growers Association thanked Sheetz Convenience Stores, a major East Coast fuel retailer, for the announcement of an E15 commitment by initially offering the green fuel to its customers at 60 stores in North Carolina by spring 2016. “This is great news for the nation’s corn farmers who have been promoting the benefits [...]

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Comparing neighboring fields

Anyone who has spent much time talking with Fairfield County cover crop expert Dave Brandt knows that he has a history of trying some unusual things on his farm. As one would expect, his neighbors have taken notice through the years. Brandt said he has good relationships with those who farm around him, but he [...]

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Can corn be profitable in 2015?

Some ag economists have predicted that it will be hard to make a profit growing corn in 2015. With the current supplies, demand and predicted prices, incomes are going to be under a lot of pressure. What can you do to make a profit on growing corn this year? It is not going to be [...]

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USDA deregulates Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its decision to deregulate Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies — Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton. USDA indicated that its decision will be published in the Federal Register in the near future. These weed management solutions will provide farmers with more consistent, flexible control of [...]

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