Crops

Beck’s expands into eastern Ohio

Beck’s, the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States, is pleased to announce a territory expansion into new regions, including eastern Ohio. This expansion adds roughly 12 million acres of corn and soybeans to Beck’s former marketing area to bring their total reach to half of the corn and soybean acres in the [...]

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Seed Consultants celebrates 25 years

Based in Washington Court House, Seed Consultants, Inc. (SCI) was started in 1990 by Chris Jeffries and Dan Fox and today has grown to be the largest Ohio based seed company. Over the past 25 years, SCI has seen much growth and many positive changes. “Seed Consultants has experienced tremendous growth over our first 25 [...]

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Productivity issues for your 2015 corn crop

Yellow corn and soybeans have been widespread the first part of July in most of Ohio. Since May 1, many parts of Ohio have received at least three to four inches above the five-year average. Growing Degree Days (GDD’s) for the same period have accumulated 1,300 to 1,400 units, which is 200 to 300 GDD’s [...]

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Stay tuned for crop tour coverage

As harvest approaches, interest in how crops are performing in Ohio and around the country will be growing faster than the plants in the fields. To get a preview of what to expect, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team will be a part of two crop tours in August. Final preparations are [...]

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Pesticide collection and disposal service in Crawford County

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Aug. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, 610 Whetstone Street, Bucyrus, OH 44820.  The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted.  [...]

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House passes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods. “Bipartisan support for this legislation, evident on the floor during today’s House vote, continues to grow,” said NCGA Trade Policy [...]

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Will the wet conditions hurt pollination?

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending July 19, 43% of the state’s corn was silking compared to 53% for the five-year average. The pollination period, the flowering stage in corn, is the most critical period in the development of a corn plant from the standpoint of grain yield determination. Stress [...]

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Ohio students at the recent RFS rally included Amanda Bush, Sydney Snider, Grant Price and Mary Siekman, from The Ohio State University; Micaela Wright, Lindsey Overmyer, Connor Headings, and Taylor Dill from Wilmington College; and Greggory Hahn and Bethany Carlson from Northwest State Community College.

Students get to rally on Capitol Hill for the RFS

The Renewable Fuels Standard has been a top priority for corn farmers in Ohio and around the nation. And, along with farmers with a vested interest in pushing for the RFS, 10 Ohio college students accompanied more than 300 ethanol supporters at a recent rally on Capitol Hill calling attention to the issue. “It was [...]

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fungicide

Considering yield limiting factors in the fungicide decision

There is no question that disease issues are plaguing Ohio crops this year due, in part, to the unbelievable stretch of wet weather in many parts of the state. With that in mind, many corn and soybean producers are considering fungicide applications. Even with diseases present, though,  there are several factors at work in fields [...]

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Ohio Supreme Court resolves grain bin taxation issue

Grain bins are “business fixtures” that are personal property not subject to real property tax, according to a decision issued today by the Ohio Supreme Court. The court case arose when the Metamora Elevator Company challenged the Fulton County auditor’s inclusion of grain storage bins in the company’s real property valuation. Metamora filed complaints with [...]

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