Crops

A panel featuring Dave Brandt and Neil Badenhop covered a broad range of topics.

No-Till Conference highlights

There was plenty to discuss at yesterday’s Ohio No-Till Conference. Slugs have been a long-time problem in no-till and Kelley Timon discussed strategies for controlling them, including some initial research on the role of cover crops. Bill Haddad talked about the importance of managing weeds to prevent resistance problems from developing and a panel featuring [...]

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Dicamba and soybeans: What to expect in 2017

One barrier to weed control on soybean farms has just been lifted. In early November, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a label allowing use of the herbicide dicamba in dicamba-resistant soybean, although only one commercial product received that label. Many farmers anticipate this technology will provide a much-needed method to control weeds that are resistant [...]

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Matt and Jane Mongin started planting Christmas trees on their Spring Valley Tree Farm in Greene County in 1986.

The quest for the next best tree

With everything from cell phones to seed corn, it is natural for many businesses to continually seek out the next best thing. On Matt Mongin’s Greene County farm, this applies to Christmas trees too. His quest started nearly 30 years ago. Mongin worked as an accountant at a firm in Cincinnati when he and his [...]

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Green stems

Green stemmed soybeans slowed harvest

Yields were generally fantastic for Ohio soybeans in 2016, but green stems plagued farmers this fall, slowing harvest and wearing down equipment. Early varieties, late varieties, and everything in between — they all seemed to have green stems on farms statewide. “The green stems were hard on the wear parts on the combine this year. [...]

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National Corn Growers Association welcomes court ruling on seed protection case

In a win for farmers’ rights to use proven-safe technology, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled last week that additional regulation of treated seeds would unnecessarily duplicate the Environmental Protection Agency’s existing science-based regulatory review. The decision protects farmers’ ability to continue using seed treatment technology and maintains the EPA’s [...]

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The ExtendiMax label for Xtend Soybeans

As everyone has probably heard by now, there is finally a federal label for the use of a dicamba product, XtendiMax, on dicamba-resistant (Xtend) soybeans, such as it may be. Here are some of the highlights from the label. • The XtendiMax is based on dicamba DGA (Clarity), and the formulation contains “Vapor Grip” (imagine [...]

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Keith Stimpert was recognized with the Ohio Soybean Council's Outstanding Achievement Award.

Ohio Soybean Council celebrates 2016, honors Stimpert

It was fitting that for its 25th anniversary, the Ohio Soybean Council’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Keith Stimpert, the former OSC executive director, who helped guide the organization through it’s inception. On this milestone anniversary, there is plenty to celebrate. At the OSC banquet earlier this week, Stimpert recalled numerous stories from [...]

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Commodity Classic registration opening soon

Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations will open online at 10 a.m. CST on Wednesday morning, December 7, 2016. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register and make reservations as soon as possible once registration is open. The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held in San Antonio, Texas March 2-4, 2017, at the [...]

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Heitkamp Farms Feeding Farmers Corn Harvest Combine

Did corn fungicides pay in 2016?

As farmers around the state scouted their withering corn fields this summer, the application of fungicides seemed like a waste of money. Some are now second-guessing that decision. “I should have done a whole lot more fungicides,” said Jeremy Goyings, who farms in Paulding County. “We didn’t want to throw more money at what looked [...]

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EPA releases RFS final numbers

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, this action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for [...]

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