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2018 Ohio Corn Performance Test: Regional overviews

By Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, David Lohnes, and Peter Thomison In 2018, 192 corn hybrids representing 24 commercial brands were evaluated in the Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT). Four tests were established in the Southwestern/West Central/Central (SW/WC/C) region and three tests were established in the Northwestern (NW) and North Central/Northeastern …

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Neutral report from USDA

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile Today’s USDA report in typical fashion has been a pretty typical report for the month of December. It is being called a neutral report with very small changes in ending stocks. Corn ending stocks went up 45 million bushels, soybean ending stocks unchanged at 955 …

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Bret Davis elected secretary of American Soybean Association

The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently elected executive committee members to lead its organization in 2019. Bret Davis, Ohio soybean farmer and Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) board member from Delaware County, was elected as Secretary. The American Soybean Association (ASA) represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important …

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Helpful tips for reducing soil erosion

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. Soil erosion is an annual problem throughout the Eastern Corn Belt. Recent research estimates that farmland across the Corn Belt loses close to four tons of soil per acre each year due to erosion. In addition, even under the best conditions …

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Final RVO rule leaves waiver loophole open

The National Corn Growers Association said the EPA’s final 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) moves renewable fuels and energy security forward in 2019, but the growth will only be realized if EPA does not grant refiners further RFS exemptions. “We are pleased the …

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Soybean harvest dragging on

By Matt Reese There were eye-popping soybean yields around the state in 2018 and, unfortunately, some of those soybeans are still out there. The Ohio soybean yield is forecast at 59 bushels per acre, which would be the highest on record if realized, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics …

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The root of all production

By Mary Wicks and Peter Ling In many ways, the intricate network of plant roots serve as its control center. Thus, optimizing the root environment, including irrigation water and nutrient levels, can improve plant health and production. The controlled growing conditions of a greenhouse allows for precision management of the …

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