Crops

Chris Jeffries

Insights from a career in the seed industry

Chris Jeffries, the founder of Seed Consultants, Inc., was recognized at a field day today for his 25 years of service and vision for the seed company. Here are some insights into the seed industry from Jeffries as he reflects on his career selling seed.   A conversation with… Chris Jeffries, founder of Seed Consultants, [...]

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This might end up being a low foliar disease year in corn

Early development of gray leaf spot (GLS) and northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) had us all concerned about the potential for major epidemics of these diseases in 2015. However, conditions have since been warm and dry across most of the state, drastically reducing the spread of these and other foliar diseases. In fact, lesions of [...]

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Combine and planter demos at Farm Science Review

The latest in agricultural equipment and farming methods will be showcased at the 2015 Farm Science Review during a plot combine and plot planter field demonstration Sept. 23 at 1 p.m., at theMolly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. The demo is a great opportunity for crop researchers to see how different combines operate in corn [...]

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Frogeye Leaf spot in Butler Co.

Assessing crop challenges after a tough 2015

As the difficult 2015 season progresses toward harvest, Ohio’s growers may continue to face more challenges before the year is over. While there is not much that can be done at this point for the 2015 crop, scouting fields will help growers to decide which fields need to be harvested first as well as what [...]

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Soybean aphid update for 2015

As predicted, we have begun to see soybean aphids move into soybean fields over the past few weeks.  Coincidentally, this is the third year in a row that we have seen aphids move in relatively late in the growing season.  Hopefully, most of our soybean are starting to mature and reaching the R6 stage, but there [...]

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Stress during grain fill

Rains during June and July set new records in some areas of the Cornbelt this year, causing weak root development, nitrogen loss and even affected pollination in some fields with poor ear-tip fills. Leaf diseases like Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot were rampant in some areas causing additional stress on the corn [...]

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Flooding in Darke County by Scott Labig

Cover crops and flooding

The challenging growing conditions in Ohio this year have exaggerated problems that may not be that significant under normal conditions. Problem fields with disease, drainage issues and soil compaction have been particularly disastrous with the persistent 2015 rains. Among the soggier areas of the state early this summer was Mercer County, where some areas got [...]

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Integrated Ag Services recognized

Dave Scheiderer, founder, Integrated Ag Services (IAS) of Milford Center, has been named 2015 Precision Ag Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur award winner by the PrecisionAg Institute through its annual PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence. The international recognition is presented to one individual or team who have established a demonstrable expertise in precision technologies and practices by devising a new [...]

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Ohio wheat had a tough year

With wet weather harvest delays, deep discounts on delivery and low yield at the end, wheat had a rough year. Are there reasons we should still grow wheat? Crop rotation — wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with [...]

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Soybean diseases the target of new university partnership

Purdue Extension has joined six other universities from the Midwest and Ontario, Canada, in a partnership with the North Central Soybean Research Program to create a series of reference materials helping producers identify and manage a variety of soybean diseases. The Soybean Disease Management series will be updated regularly with the latest available information on diseases [...]

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