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Wine grape workshop

Wine grape growers still recovering from the prolonged and extremely frigid temperatures experienced in Ohio this winter can learn how to manage damaged vines during a workshop Aug. 13 offered by viticulturists and other experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. As the polar vortex destroyed a majority of popular [...]

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Cool weather and corn

The next two months will determine whether the corn crop produces high yields as expected or is significantly damaged by any unforeseen, drastic changes in weather and diseases, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said. This growing season at first glance appears similar to 2009, when planting was delayed because of cold weather and the [...]

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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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