Crops

Late season weed control challenges

For farmers seeing weeds in their crop fields this late in the growing season, hand-rouging and pulling them by hand may be the best way to remove them, more so than using a herbicide, a Purdue Extension weed scientist said. “The majority of weeds in corn and soybean fields are much higher than the ideal [...]

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Custom farm work rates rising in Ohio

The rates custom farm workers are paid in Ohio are rising, according to a new statewide survey of Ohio growers, farm workers and machinery operators completed by agricultural economists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The 2014 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey found that the rates paid to farm workers [...]

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More on frogeye leaf spot

Following a field day last week, I received some excellent questions about the pathogen that causes frogeye leaf spot, a disease that is showing up in Ohio soybean fields. 1. Where does the inoculum come from? Based on surveys of fields over the past few years, the pathogen can overwinter in Ohio, and did overwinter in [...]

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Educating educators about biotechnology in agriculture

The third annual Agriculture Biotechnology Academy invited Ohio teachers to take the seats normally occupied by students at Clark State Community College in Springfield to learn about the latest technologies in agriculture and how to make those farming innovations part of their classroom curriculum. The event, co-sponsored by The Ohio Soybean Council and DuPont Pioneer, started [...]

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula County, July 21

The beans are coming along, but we still have a few fields that are wet and looking a little yellow. Overall most things are looking pretty good, though. We would work a day in the field for wheat harvest and get a rain and have to wait, but wheat harvest is just about done. We [...]

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Jed Bower, Fayette County, July 21

We have been looking really good, but we are fighting some fungus in the corn. It has been perfect growing conditions for everything, including diseases. We have some issues with a good bit of gray leaf spot and some northern corn leaf blight. We are going to fly on some curative and preventative fungicides today. [...]

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Todd Hesterman, Henry Co., July 21

Even with the hail damage we came out pretty decent on wheat. Just about everyone around here was optimistic that they had better wheat than they would have thought coming out of March. Yields were between 85 up to 115 bushels in spots. The crop adjuster had said there was about 17% damage from the [...]

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Protect crops from insects

Some of the important insects that might “bug” us are discussed below: • Corn Rootworm beetles larvae attack the roots during June and early July and the adult beetles clip the silks and may interfere in the pollination process during July and early August. Watch out for these insects if you are growing GMO corn [...]

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The Weekly Corn Belt Update – July 18th, 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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Good Agricultural Practices Training program

An Aug. 13 session will mark the end of the season’s trainings for on-farm fruit and vegetable microbial safety, but organizers are already planning new sessions focusing on agricultural water safety beginning in 2015. The Good Agricultural Practices Training program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gallia County office of Ohio [...]

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