Crops

Is your corn N deficient?

June 2015 has been a very wet month in most of the Corn Belt setting new records in many places. Some of the corn fields I have visited recently are showing N-deficiency symptoms. Nitrogen is one of the most important elements needed by all green plants for chlorophyll production and for photosynthesis. Urgent action is [...]

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Micronutrients?

I have now been called out to numerous sites to look at striped corn. For the most part it looks like we have multiple reasons for the issue. Some, maybe many, of these are self-inflicted wounds — others are weather related as we have too much rain. If the crop, corn or beans, has an [...]

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Stress during ear development affects corn yield

Understanding how corn ears respond to stress can help determine what stress was present, when the stress occurred, and how to mitigate the stress in the future. Environmental stresses during any of four ear development stages significantly affect the number and weight of harvestable kernels. The four critical stages are: (1) when the corn ear [...]

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Mid-season insect pests and disease

Corn insects we may see in July are European corn borer and new to northern Ohio the Western bean cutworm. See your Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa  Field Guide for images and scouting suggestions. If you are in continuous corn, watch for Western corn rootworm. This pest has reappeared in areas of the central cornbelt [...]

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The flood of 2015

While extended periods of wet weather are not uncommon in Ohio, the magnitude and duration of the flooding problems early in the 2015 will define the growing season for some farms. The problem of flooding has been particularly severe in northwest Ohio — some areas have never really dried out all spring. “It has been [...]

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Ohio field crops face challenges from too much water

Corn For corn that survives significant flooding, there could be a season of challenges ahead. “Even if the ponding doesn’t kill plants outright, it may have a long-term negative impact on crop performance. Growers need to watch their fields closely for root and stalk rot, which can lead to lodging problems later in the season [...]

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Submerged soybeans in Fairfield County.

USDA report sends bullish signals

Today’s report sent shock waves to the bear. Both corn and soybean stocks were bullish and below the average trade estimate. Two weeks ago the bears thought they were in control and more downside ahead. But, Mother Nature again proved who is boss. This was a market that seemed dead two weeks ago. It just [...]

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New funding available for northwest Ohio farmers to help protect water quality

Amid the flooded fields of northwest Ohio in late June, officials from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) announced $17.5 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. The five-year RCPP agreement was signed in May and is now ready to assist [...]

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Wheat tour showcases U.S. varieties to E.U. buyers

A European trade team representing Spain, Italy and Malta recently spent a week touring wheat fields in North Dakota, Minnesota and Ohio. “Tours like this one are important for all U.S. wheat growers,” said Brad Moffitt with the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program. “Our visitors for this tour are more hard wheat and durum customers [...]

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NCGA defends RFS

The top leadership of the National Corn Growers Association was well represented at today’s field hearing regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the volume of ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard. NCGA President Chip Bowling of Maryland and Chairman Martin Barbre joined scores of farmers and others on-hand in Kansas City, Kan., [...]

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