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Wheat growers hopeful for GM technology

The effort to move forward with biotech wheat varieties continues to be a priority issue for the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). “We need innovation and genetic modification (GM) technology in wheat. In 1992, wheat was the No. 1 U.S. crop by acreage. We have gone from No. 1 to No. 3 since then. [...]

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Water haves and have-nots a nation away

If all the snow that fell in the Boston area this winter had been shipped to California, it would have yielded an estimated 6 billion gallons of water. While Boston was running out of places to pile snow, the drought-stricken West would have gladly received it. Eastern cities broke records for snowfall and cold temperatures, [...]

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USDA releases 2015 planting intention numbers: Corn bearish, soybeans slightly bullish

Corn numbers were bearish with acres above expectations as well as stocks higher than expected. Soybeans were considered bullish with acres and stocks below expectations. The bullishness of soybeans is not nearly as strong as the bearishness of corn. Wheat acres and stocks were near expectations. Wheat appears to be a follower of corn today. [...]

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USDA extends ARC and PLC deadlines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. [...]

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Wheat is starting to green up

Spring is coming (thank goodness!), and the winter wheat crop is starting to green-up.  Similar to what we’ve seen in the past few years, wheat planted shortly after the fly-free date looks better than the wheat that was planted late. Our current recommendations Fields should not be evaluated until completely green from warmer temperatures for [...]

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Questions from the Fertilizer Applicator Training sessions

Last July the Ohio legislature passed Senate Bill 150 that requires those who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres become certified. At more than 20 meetings this past fall and winter I have now presented all or part of the program for the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training program to almost 2,000 people. We get [...]

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Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act addresses labeling concerns

Several agricultural groups applauded the introduction of legislation to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), will ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug [...]

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Tips for managing a late spring

As winter begins to wind down and the first warm spell of the year arrives in March, many growers are most likely anxious to get into the field. However, ideal weather for spring field work may not be right around the corner. As of the beginning of March, 88% of the Great Lakes were still [...]

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Glyphosate reclassification raises concerns

The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) recently reclassified glyphosate. IARC, which coordinates and conducts both epidemiological and laboratory research into the causes of human cancer, makes its conclusion on a data review during a meeting that lasts one week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the regulatory body with authority over glyphosate approval in [...]

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The swollen Blanchard River in Putnam County on a foggy March morning has breeched its banks on its trip to the Maumee River and, eventually, Lake Erie.

Prepare to do more for water quality

A heavy fog blanketed much of Ohio one early March morning as the long winter freeze was just starting to give way to the warmer temperatures of the coming spring. A thin top layer of the soil had thawed, but a deep freeze remained below. This, combined with persistent rains and a significant snowmelt, set [...]

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