Crops

New risk management options for Ohio apple, grape and tomato growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of crop insurance to provide additional options for fruit and nut producers. The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion are now available to cover fresh fruit in select Ohio counties beginning with the 2016 crop year. “In a number of [...]

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Factors for Phosphorus loss from land to surface water

Most of us have reduced fertilizer inputs as crop prices have gone down and this is documented by reduced phosphorus fertilizer sales. But still, I am often asked about issues of phosphorus from an agriculture and water quality standpoint, “Is rate the only concern?” Rate, and more appropriately soil test level, is important from a [...]

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Soybean farmers at Ohio State Fair

The 2015 Ohio State Fair is underway and Ohio soybean farmers invite fairgoers to have fun, learn more about soybeans and meet some of the men and women who grow them. The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff are presenting sponsors of the fair, as well as presenting sponsors of the 2015 Junior Livestock [...]

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Diversity is the key to cover crops

The most common use of cover crops among farmers is simply planting cereal rye after harvesting a cash crop in the fall. It is easy to plant just the cereal rye and be done, but cover crops are best used with a goal in mind. “You need to ask why you are planting it and [...]

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Ohio crop producers looking forward with $3.5 million in water quality funding

Since 2011, Ohio’s leading corn, soybean and wheat checkoff organizations have invested nearly $3.5 million dollars in research and education to address the water quality challenges faced by farmers and all Ohioans. That investment continues as the Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP), Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program (OSGMP) and Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) have recently [...]

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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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