Crops

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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Planting off to slow start in Brazil

Brazil’s soy planting is 10% complete for the 2014-15 crop, the slowest for this time of year since the 2008-09 season, local Brazilian consultancy AgRural said. Planting advanced just three percentage points from the previous week after a long dry spell in many areas made the soil too dry to continue field work, and seeds [...]

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Smith Farms, Wapak, Ohio

Are the price rallies justified?

Similar to many of you, I’m running the combine this week, so I’ll keep the commentary short. On Thursday I drove from Minneapolis to my farm south of Lincoln, NE. I was amazed by what I didn’t see — there was very little corn harvested along I-35 and I-80. For mid-October, this is a big change [...]

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Ohio fertilizer training program kicks off

Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is ramping up its efforts to improve Ohio’s water quality through a new fertilizer applicator certification training program that’s designed to help growers increase crop yields using less fertilizer more efficiently, thus reducing the potential for phosphorus runoff into the state’s watersheds. Introduced in September as [...]

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Plan now for 2015 weed control

As herbicide resistant weeds become more prevalent across the Eastern Corn Belt, university weed experts and agronomists continue to advocate the importance of fall herbicide applications. University research has proven to be practical and applicable in the field. Growers who make fall herbicide applications have an easier time keeping weeds under control in the following [...]

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Getting late to plant wheat

Growers may still have time to plant wheat this fall even though cool, wet weather that has delayed the soybean harvest for many growers is making wheat planting difficult for some, according to a field crops expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. While wheat is ideally planted within 10 [...]

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USDA taking steps to address resistant weeds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems. “Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today,” said Vilsack. “USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to identify [...]

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Soybean inputs evaluated for value

There are so many products and practices out there offering incredible benefits to crop production that is can make a farmer’s head spin. And, as crop budgets are getting increasingly tighter, it is important to know what really helps yield and what is a waste of money? To find some answers, Laura Lindsey, with funds [...]

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