Crops

New insurance option for popcorn

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced the availability of an area-based crop insurance option for popcorn. Farmers can purchase the popcorn Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI) plan for the 2015 crop year in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. ARPI is designed as a risk management tool to insure against widespread loss of production of the [...]

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Farmers now have until March 31 to update yields and reallocate base acres

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from [...]

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Trade show highlights from Commodity Classic

The Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’ Country Journal traveled to the 2015 Commodity Classic this week. Here are some photo and audio highlights from Phoenix. AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS AgroCulture Liquid Fertilizer’s Kurt Fisher talked with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about finding the balance of farming responsible and economically. Drew Showalter with Syngenta shares new [...]

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Denmandale Farms wins 2014 corn silage contest

Denmandale Farms near Cortland, Ohio, was announced the winner of the 2014 Corn Silage Contest sponsored by Stoller Enterprises. Dan and Davie Denman were recognized as the winners and presented a check for $100,000 at the Commodity Classic in Phoenix this week. “We started with an in-furrow in the crop and came back with two [...]

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SDS research for boosting soybean yields

A team composed of a Purdue University researcher and others from several Midwest universities and Canada is studying soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS) to help farmers better protect their crop from the recurring disease. Wise and other researchers from Iowa State University, Michigan State University, the University of Illinois and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture [...]

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Ethanol leaders meet in Phoenix

Growth Energy, representing ethanol producers and supporters, kicked off its sixth annual Executive Leadership Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. Jeff Broin, co-chair of Growth Energy’s Board of Directors, delivered a “Chairman’s Report” that outlined the current state of the renewable fuels industry and how this year is all about “moving [...]

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Farm bill deadlines coming fast

With deadlines set for enrollment in the 2014 farm bill’s crop programs in February and March, farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety-net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. These decisions are significant considering [...]

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Getting the most out of soybeans might mean planting them sooner

On many farms, getting the corn crop in the ground will be the top priority this spring as planting season gets started. But, more research is suggesting that planting soybeans in April can offer real advantages for that crop as well. “If you ask most guys when they plant soybeans they will tell you, ‘after [...]

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Commodity Classic this week

When corn farmers from around the country gather in Phoenix this week for the 20th annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show, it’s not going to be just to enjoy much warmer weather than back on the farm – a series of important policy meetings are also taking place for members and leaders of the [...]

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Matching hybrids to the right soils

We discussed some of the factors that should be considered for matching hybrids to your needs in a recent newsletter. Following are some of the additional points to be considered: • Disease Resistance — Expect Northern and Gray Leaf Spot this year because of the tremendous amount of inoculum build-up from last year, if we [...]

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