Crops

Watch for wheat scab and foliar diseases

Wheat is now flowering in parts of northern Ohio and will continue to flower over the next weeks of so. According to the FHB forecasting system (http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/), the risk for scab is low in central and northern Ohio for fields flowering at this time. Although it has rained over the last 2-4 days in parts [...]

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Brad Moffitt, director of market development and membership for Ohio Corn & Wheat, fills up a flex fuel vehicle with E85 at a new pump in Galloway.

Ohio Ethanol Tour highlights efforts to break the blend wall

Ethanol has been an incredible success story for corn growers, particularly in Ohio. Nonetheless, the corn-based fuel faces numerous challenges for continued growth, often referred to as the “blend wall.” The ethanol blend wall is a barrier for ethanol expansion created by a number of economic, legislative and logistical factors. One component of the blend [...]

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Late planted corn?

With some “late” planting or replanting some are concerned already about whether or not we might be caught by a fall frost before maturity without a change in maturity selection. Not to worry. The corn plant has the ability to adapt to the later planting by advancing more rapidly through the growth stages. Work done [...]

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David T. Daniels, Ohio Department of Agriculture director talks about new water quality programs be offered.

ODA introduces new tools for water quality

There are many things that farmers can control with regard to their role in improving Ohio’s water quality, but there is one thing they can’t: the weather. And, it just so happens that this factor beyond human control is also the most significant factor in water quality. A big, unexpected rain can undo the best [...]

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Ohio’s wheat, flour industries to be explored at forum

Experts from the wheat and flour processing industries will share an update on Ohio’s future in this billion dollar market at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF). Siemer [...]

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Plant survival in flooded conditions

Due to large rain events this spring, many fields have been flooded. While both corn and soybeans can survive flooding/ponding for a period of time, several factors determine the length of time plants can survive. Young corn plants can usually survive two to four days in flooded conditions. Death of corn plants is more likely [...]

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Japanese beetles could take a hit from the cold weather.

Early season insect pests

With the slow growth, no growth, or no emergence of the corn and soybean crop through the first half of May, insects in many cases have been able to keep up with crop progress. I like to use a chart from the Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide as a starting point to know [...]

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NCGA encouraging pollinator friendly practices

With another growing season underway across corn country, the National Corn Growers Association encourages farmers to complete a mental check list and assess your farming operation and any potential impact for pollinators like honey bees. If you are using treated seed, remember to consider the following five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed during planting [...]

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corn

Don’t forget the S

Now that our corn is in the ground, it’s time to focus on the management and nutrition of our crop. Often times, when we consider what nutrients our corn needs between the V4 and V8 time frame, we think of nitrogen (N). Another nutrient that is essential to corn production, but is often forgotten or [...]

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