Crops

New method analyzes corn kernel characteristics

An ear of corn averages about 800 kernels. A traditional field method to estimate the number of kernels on the ear is to manually count the number of rows and multiply by the number of kernels in one length of the ear. With the help of a new imaging machine developed at the University of [...]

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Weed Survey thoughts. Did you spray a fall burndown?

Most of us have marestail across Ohio. And pretty much all of us have resistant marestail, likely resistant to glyphosate and also likely resistant to the ALS herbicides. And if we all switch to Xtend beans then it will likely also soon be resistant to dicamba. Uh-oh, this is starting to sound bad for the [...]

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It was a long and challenging 2017 for Zach Profit and his family on their Van Wert County farm.

Long 2017 crop year not yet over

It has been a very long planting season, which set the stage for a long 2017 for Zach Profit and his family on their Van Wert County farm. “I’m 29 and in my short career, 2017 was the most challenging spring I have ever been a part of, my dad said so too. It was [...]

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New map of worldwide croplands supports food and water security

A new map was released U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) detailing croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet, helping to ensure global food and water security in a sustainable way. The map establishes that there are 1.87 billion hectares of croplands in the world, which is 15 to 20% — or 250 to 350 million hectares (Mha) [...]

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Comparing ARC-CO and PLC payments from 2014 to 2016

Here are county level comparisons for the ARC-CO and PLC program payments for 2016 for corn and wheat over the first three years of the current Farm Bill, 2014 to 2016, for corn, soybeans, and wheat. This article compares average annual payments per base acre that have been triggered by the ARC-CO and PLC programs [...]

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Big corn yields and narrow trading ranges

Corn harvest this month had many Ohio producers scrambling for completion. The huge amount of corn and soybean acres replanted earlier this spring pushed maturity several weeks behind normal. The time change the first weekend of November brought the stark reality that harvest conditions had dramatically changed. Gone were the long harvest hours seen during [...]

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John Motter

Motter reflects on experiences, relationships as USB chairman

In his year of service as the United Soybean Board (USB) chairman, John Motter of Hancock County has enjoyed many incredible experiences in his travels around the world representing the nation’s soybean growers. One of his fondest memories of the year took place fairly recently. During the beautiful stretch of October weather for harvesting in [...]

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Use plot data to make sound decisions

As harvest is completed across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the [...]

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Changes made to rules on applying fertilizer

Take a whole class or just take the test, which is better? Farmers will get to decide. Those who apply fertilizer on 50 or more acres now have the option to take an exam or attend a three-hour course to get the required certification aimed at protecting water quality. The exam is a new option [...]

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Consider compaction when making the decision to return to fields

One of the biggest stories of the 2017 growing season may be its duration. Early and ideal conditions got planting season started in a fairly timely way back in April, but were followed by cold, wet conditions that really strung out subsequent planting, re-planting and even re-re-planting efforts. It made for a very long planting [...]

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