Crops

Nate Andre holds compost produced on his farm.

Composting offers challenges, but benefits crop production

Faced with the perennial challenges of producing crops on low organic matter soils, Nate and Paul Andre, of Andre Farms LLC, began looking for some solutions to boost productivity on the Fulton County farm. Taking materials destined for landfills and composting them to produce fertilizer seemed like a good solution for the farm. “We had [...]

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Cover crops make stover for biofuels more sustainable

Farmers using cover crops as a soil conservation method can remove much more corn stover per acre for biofuels or other uses and at the same time potentially increase their income, Purdue University research shows. The research points to the age-old conservation method as a way to protect the soil and add value. Using cover [...]

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This Sclerotinia found in the soil of some fields can develop into white mold with the right conditions. Photo by Ohio State University Extension.

White mold starting to show up around Ohio

This disease is caused by the fungus, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, and it is favored by cool damp conditions. Remember those morning fogs this summer and the fact that you hardly used your air conditioner? Those are perfect conditions for infection. This fungus forms hard black irregular shaped bodies called sclerotia. They are actually a mass of [...]

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NCGA, DuPont launch second year of New Leaders Program

The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont are pleased to announce the second year of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. The program is designed for corn growers who are newly active in agriculture and have expressed interest in building upon their skills so they can better serve local, state and national stakeholders. “It’s important that [...]

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Will ACRE trigger payment for the 2013 crop?

There are no doubt many questions about decisions involved with the 2014 Farm Bill, but farmers are still currently enrolled in programs from the previous farm bill, including the  Average Crop Revenue Program (ACRE). Here is some insight on the likelihood of ACRE payments in 2014 from Chris Bruynis with OSU Extension. Although only about [...]

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Weather tough times by taking advantage of market carry and basis appreciation

Corn The August USDA yield estimate of 167 should have been interpreted as bullish because most expected 168 or higher.  However, the trade is still assuming 170 bushels per acre, which is why it didn’t really move.  I’m sure bulls were disappointed. Most experts think the USDA was being overly cautious. Next will be the [...]

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Columbian trade boon to U.S. corn growers

The United States is on track to capture more than 95% of Colombia’s 141 million bushel corn market this marketing year, which ends Aug. 31. This is a dramatic turn-around from 2013 exports of just 25 million bushels to that country. “The trend that we are seeing clearly illustrates both why the National Corn Growers [...]

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FSR CCA college

A late summer update for agronomist and those advising growers on crop production will be held on September 9th from 8:45 until 3 pm at the Farm Science Review Site at 135 SR 38NE, London OH. The program is intended for all experience levels and non-CCA’s as well. Topics include: What are your neighbors thinking [...]

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Weekly Corn Belt Update – August 15th, 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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Establishing perennial forages in August

Rain and wet soil conditions condensed the spring planting season this year and some planned alfalfa plantings got moved to the back burner.  August provides another window of opportunity to establish a perennial forage stand and it fits nicely into rotations after wheat grain harvest.  Typically the main risk with an August planting is having [...]

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