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Planting season is here

Producers across Ohio and the Midwest enter the spring planting season with much anticipation. They welcome the end of a two-year cycle of higher than normal snowfall last winter as well as colder than normal temperatures this winter. Some would say those back to back events are following in a once every 20 years or [...]

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Rule change for NCGA yield contest

The National Corn Growers Association announced important rule changes for the upcoming 2015 National Corn Yield Contest. For the upcoming year, contest rules have been altered to ensure a more even field upon which all contests may participate and, thus, to highlight the incredible accomplishments of so many of our entrants. In 2015, each NCGA [...]

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Ray Archuleta, a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation agronomist

Mimic the mentor to improve soils and cut inputs

When considering how to maximize the productivity of Ohio’s agricultural lands for generations to come, there are more farmers taking cues from the ultimate expert on the subject — Mother Nature. For eons, she took care of the soils and developed them into some of the richest the world has ever seen. Now, as modern [...]

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Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed expands operation with new construction

More than 150 farmers from Shelby, Logan and Auglaize counties attended an Open House event last month for a newly constructed Fertilizer Facility at Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed. Located south of Jackson Center on Wise Road, the 10,000-ton facility will be focused on better service to Bambauer’s retail customers. “This expansion is an effort to [...]

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Monarch meeting looks to restore butterfly populations

The National Corn Growers Association recently represented corn farmers’ interests during the Keystone Monarch Collaborative meeting held in St. Paul, Minn. This meeting brought together farm organizations, farmers, government agencies, monarch researchers, companies in the agricultural supply chain and conservation organizations to discuss the need for more collaboration and public private partnership on monarch recovery and [...]

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Marestail. Photo by OSU Extension.

Will 2015 be the perfect storm for marestail?

This spring is shaping up to be one where marestail control problems abound, based on the following: 1. Not many fields were treated with herbicide last fall due to wet weather and the late harvest. Fall treatment results in a field free of overwintered marestail in spring, which takes the pressure off spring burndown treatments [...]

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Can small weeds hurt yield?

Can small weeds hurt yield? Yes. Here is why: • Plants appear to know quickly whether they have enough elbow room to grow. They are healthy and strong with plenty of space, but weak and spindly when crowded. It doesn’t matter if neighbors are corn plants or weeds. • It’s especially important to control weeds [...]

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Are you speculating or hedging?

Corn There was another USDA report last week estimating usage and carryout. It had few surprises; corn carryout raised slightly (this was projected in the March 31st stock reports), which means there is more corn stored on the farm than the trade previously estimated. Expect little corn excitement in the next two months. With plenty [...]

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EPA moving forward with RFS

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news that the Environmental Protection Agency will propose the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 by June 1, 2015 and finalize them by November 30, 2015. In addition to the 2014 and 2015 volume requirements, EPA announced the same timeline for establishing the biomass-based [...]

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Wheat price manipulation complaint filed

Last week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondelēz Global LLC with manipulation and attempted manipulation of the prices of cash wheat and wheat futures. The complaint, filed on April 1 with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that the two companies also [...]

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