Crops

To spray or not: Fungicides in soybeans

The last year we had a significant amount of white mold pressure was 2009. As you may (or may not) recall, 2009 was below average as far as temperatures were concerned. Highs were generally in the 70s and low 80s and lows were in the 50s and 60s during July. When we look at July [...]

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SCI announces field days

As fall approaches, Seed Consultants will host kickoff meetings and field days. SCI has added seven new corn hybrids, three new Roundup Ready soybean varieties, and five new LibertyLink soybean varieties to its outstanding product lineup. With changing seed treatment options, trait offerings, and new corn and soybean varieties there is a great deal of [...]

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Beck’s introduces FARMserver

When it comes to precision agriculture technologies, farmers not only want complete control of their data, they want a tool that’s secure, simple and mobile. Beck’s is proud to introduce FARMserver, a secure, web-based solution developed with the farmer in mind. Taking data mobile has never been more important for farmers. FARMserver provides the capability [...]

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Late season weed control challenges

For farmers seeing weeds in their crop fields this late in the growing season, hand-rouging and pulling them by hand may be the best way to remove them, more so than using a herbicide, a Purdue Extension weed scientist said. “The majority of weeds in corn and soybean fields are much higher than the ideal [...]

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Custom farm work rates rising in Ohio

The rates custom farm workers are paid in Ohio are rising, according to a new statewide survey of Ohio growers, farm workers and machinery operators completed by agricultural economists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The 2014 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey found that the rates paid to farm workers [...]

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More on frogeye leaf spot

Following a field day last week, I received some excellent questions about the pathogen that causes frogeye leaf spot, a disease that is showing up in Ohio soybean fields. 1. Where does the inoculum come from? Based on surveys of fields over the past few years, the pathogen can overwinter in Ohio, and did overwinter in [...]

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Educating educators about biotechnology in agriculture

The third annual Agriculture Biotechnology Academy invited Ohio teachers to take the seats normally occupied by students at Clark State Community College in Springfield to learn about the latest technologies in agriculture and how to make those farming innovations part of their classroom curriculum. The event, co-sponsored by The Ohio Soybean Council and DuPont Pioneer, started [...]

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Tom Yuhasz, Ashtabula County, July 21

The beans are coming along, but we still have a few fields that are wet and looking a little yellow. Overall most things are looking pretty good, though. We would work a day in the field for wheat harvest and get a rain and have to wait, but wheat harvest is just about done. We [...]

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Jed Bower, Fayette County, July 21

We have been looking really good, but we are fighting some fungus in the corn. It has been perfect growing conditions for everything, including diseases. We have some issues with a good bit of gray leaf spot and some northern corn leaf blight. We are going to fly on some curative and preventative fungicides today. [...]

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Todd Hesterman, Henry Co., July 21

Even with the hail damage we came out pretty decent on wheat. Just about everyone around here was optimistic that they had better wheat than they would have thought coming out of March. Yields were between 85 up to 115 bushels in spots. The crop adjuster had said there was about 17% damage from the [...]

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