Crops

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Hawaii at the center of biotech battle

The hard-working farmers and ranchers of Hawaii have been targeted by activist organizations that have waged a heated campaign against biotechnology and pesticide use. Thanks to our extended growing seasons, Hawaii is home to several seed-producing companies that have helped us transition from the once dominant sugar and pineapple plantations to now include high-tech agricultural [...]

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The Weekly Corn Belt Update – October 24th, 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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New field guide available for Ohio crops

With wet weather continuing to create harvest and planting delays, a new guide developed by agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is available to help growers check their crops’ development. The 2014 Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide is now available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the [...]

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Suburban corn field yielding more than bushels

There are many parts of Ohio that are seeing acres and acres of housing developments and commerce pop up where corn and soybeans once grew. Urban sprawl is just a part of life in today’s society. But, set between Dublin Jerome High School and more land being developed for a new community, things are headed [...]

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Fall is a great time to sample for SCN

There is still much to learn about the evolution and management of soybean cyst nematode (SCN). For now, though, one of the best on farm approaches for addressing this potentially costly problem is to sample fields. Here are some things to know. 1.  Yield losses can be huge when SCN populations are high and susceptible [...]

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For a county to be colored red, at least one field has to be identified with populations over 200 eggs per cup soil.

SCN overcoming resistant soybeans

The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) continues to erode yields in Ohio, often largely unnoticed. Approximately every three years, a map is updated where SCN is found around the country using records from diagnostic clinics and data from field studies. As researchers expected, SCN has expanded in Ohio — from the western to the eastern borders [...]

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Fall herbicide applications in the era of Enlist

The U.S. EPA last week issued approval for Enlist Duo, the glyphosate-2,4-D premix for use in the Enlist corn and soybean system, in six states, including Ohio. The approval came with a number of conditions that set a new precedent really, and we will cover these in more detail later this fall. Dow informed us [...]

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EPA launches voluntary program to reduce herbicide drift

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss. “Every year state and local agencies receive thousands of complaints about the impacts of pesticide drift on [...]

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Expect harvest delays moving forward

Large corn and soybean crops will likely result in backups at grain handling facilities and delay some farmers from harvesting, Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt said. “When the grain industry hits its maximum drying or storage capacity, harvest has to slow down to allow dryers to catch up and to move more grain out of [...]

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Weather and logistics making 2014 harvest a long one

Harvest or the lack of it during the first half of October was much different than September. Central and southern Ohio took advantage of great harvest weather in September. Unfortunately that came to a halt as the first two weeks of October had more rain days than all of September. Corn yields continue to be [...]

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