Crops

Cuba decision has big implications for agriculture

The Obama Administration’s announcement that it would seek to dismantle many of the 50-year-old restrictions on how U.S. companies and individuals interact with Cuba was welcome news to many in the agriculture industry, which has long supported changes to allow U.S. farmers to more freely sell to a market that is both import-dependent and just [...]

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

2014 Pest updates and concerns for 2015

As we look forward to the 2015 crop year, we have to take a little look back to 2014 to see what pests hit us in order to plan for next year. Soybean insects Aphids hit central Ohio and caused some to spray. Next year will be an “odd” year so expect populations to be [...]

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Rhoades named 2014 Beck’s Young Farm Leader of Year

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Beck’s Hybrids are proud to announce that Ryan Rhoades of Marion County was named 2014 Beck’s Young Farm Leader of the Year. The Beck’s Young Farm Leader Program, now in its second year, was established to highlight and recognize young Ohio farmers who have taken leadership roles in their [...]

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Transportation issues highlighted at 2014 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium

In former generations of U.S. agriculture, the transportation of farm goods was not always a priority. Traditionally, much of the farm’s production was consumed on the farm or in fairly close proximity. That is no longer the case today, with farm production more often being consumed in a different state or different country than where [...]

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2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report indicates good quality for record crop

The overall quality of the United States’ 2014 corn crop was good, with 88% of samples rating at grade No. 2 or better, according to the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report. “This year’s report shows for the second year in a row that the United States has an abundant supply of [...]

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Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference

Trends, technology and tradition in agriculture will be on everyone’s minds at the 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference Feb. 4-5, with sessions highlighting current topics, cutting-edge technology, and annual updates from state agencies and associations at the third annual event. An estimated 300 industry professionals will attend the two-day conference, gleaning insight from agricultural [...]

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Many factors in 2015 acreage battle

OPEC recently announced they would not be changing their crude oil production quotas. Their determination played a huge role in the decline of crude oil prices. They remain convinced they are the lowest cost oil producers, willing to see if recent comers to the dance will keep the pumps flowing in spite of the declining [...]

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Evolution Ag Outlook Meeting

The Jan. 13 meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. features the opportunity to meet industry specialists and Evolution Ag equipment partners. To register, call the local Evolution Ag dealership. Admission is free and includes breakfast and lunch, but reservations are appreciated for this informative program that includes the following sessions: • Crop insurance risk [...]

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Crop budgets getting tighter in 2015

Though there may be some bright spots in the corn and soybean marketing months ahead, the outlook for profitability is clearly not as bright as it has been in recent years. “The message today is not as positive as it has been for the last several years,” said Barry Ward, OSU Extension, Leader, Production Business [...]

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Lessons from 2014

I learned many lessons from the last growing season. Here are some: • I saw distinct benefits of crop rotations in some fields this year. The effects of disease inoculums from last year’s corn were obvious. I saw a field with corn-after-corn covered by Gray Leaf Spot to the ear leaf at pollination time. The [...]

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