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What is next for precision ag?

Yield monitors, variable rate applications and auto-steer have changed row-crop agriculture in many positive ways. What’s next? “There are two big categories,” said John Jansen, North America commercial lead for The Climate Corporation. “One is scripting and the other is managing crop health in the season by getting insights in real time.” On-farm prescriptions for [...]

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Cover crop dos and don’ts

I have had several questions through the winter on cover crop removal. I have experience with Austrian winter pea and annual ryegrass in some of my cover crop work. I like Austrian pea, it is easy — just apply your normal burndown of glyphosate, atrazine and favorite pre-emergent grass product for corn. Annual ryegrass on [...]

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Beware: Tick numbers could be on the rise this spring

The warm winter weather has many concerned that ticks will be early and plentiful this spring. Those working outdoors need to be on the lookout. Aside from just providing a serious case of the heebie-jeebies, ticks are a real, and growing threat to human and animal health because they carry diseases. According to the Ohio [...]

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U2U makes data more accessible to farmers

Researchers at nine universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are celebrating the completion of a six-year, $5 million program that reinvented the way climate scientists connect with farmers. The Useful to Usable (U2U) project aimed to mold existing climate data into relevant products for the agricultural community. Project participants first learned about the type of climate [...]

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Ohio soil amendment and foliar application trials summary

In 2016, the Soil Fertility Lab at Ohio State offered a third party evaluation of proprietary soil amendments and foliar applications aimed at improving the mineral nutrition and productivity of crops. This service intends to provide timely and unbiased information on these products for farmers. In 2015, we tested submitted products from the following companies: [...]

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Hay making workshop

The Hardin County OSU Extension office is having a workshop ‘Making Hay: From Seeding to Harvesting’ on April 3 from 6:30-9:00 pm. The location of the Extension office is 1021 W Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton. Topics taught during this program will include seed selection, soil preparation, planting, monitoring, growth stages, harvest steps, dry-down, bale [...]

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Fertilizer applications for spring ‘17

This has been a year of making decisions to improve farm practices and being as efficient as possible. Technology sales remained stable through the winter months along with the generation of variable-rate fertilizer prescriptions. Regardless of implementing fixed-rate or variable-rate applications of fertilizers, an important factor to efficient and effective fertilizer use is proper maintenance, [...]

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U.S. biodiesel industry calls out illegal trading

The National Biodiesel Board filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition, making the case that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel. The petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel Board [...]

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Despite more options for 2017, Brandon Monebrake and his grandfather Dean Petry of Preble County are staying with the corn herbicide program they have been using.

A look at weed control in 2017: Corn

While having more weed control options than ever before can be an exciting opportunity for farms to tackle problem weeds, it can also be confusing, which can lead to expensive problems down the road. For now Dean Petry and grandson Brandon Monebrake in Preble County are planning to continue what has already been working for [...]

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Tips to make (and save) money with soybeans

So the economists say we will lose money on every acre of corn in 2017, and maybe make $1 on soybeans. So what are we to do? Here are some things I heard at the Soybean School at the Conservation Tillage Conference on ways to save money. Take these as suggestions, not requirements. No sugar. [...]

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