Crops

EPA further delays decision on RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not finalize the 2014 Required Volume Obligations (RVO) for biofuels under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) before the end of the year. In making the announcement, EPA noted that it would take action in 2015 prior to or combined with the rulemaking for the 2015 RVO standards. [...]

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Dry areas yielding disappointing results in 2014 harvest

While Northeast Ohio had too much moisture, and other parts of the state had plenty of rain, there were areas this year that were on the dry side. The lack of moisture is showing up in some disappointing yields in localized areas. There were several noteworthy pockets of fairly dry weather along the western edge [...]

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How did the Ohio Crop Tour estimates stack up to actual yields?

With the 2014 harvest in the books for most corn and soybean acres in Ohio, it seems like a good time to see how the late summer estimates on the 2014 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour compare to the realities in the fields this fall. On the Tour held Aug. 13 and 14, two teams crisscrossed [...]

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Spiral nematode. Photo provided by Terry Niblack.

Nematodes aplenty in Ohio fields

The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is clearly a significant problem for soybeans in Ohio, but it is not the only problem nematode out there. “Many companies are marketing nematode management products. We want to know what is out there besides SCN. If we find a field that doesn’t have SCN, there has to be something [...]

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National cover crop survey documents impacts, benefits and challenges

For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey — which was funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program and [...]

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Farming from winter to winter in northeast Ohio

Well it seems that winter is here, and many farmers in northeast Ohio are still dealing with the challenges from last winter. The winter of 2013-2014 will not soon be forgotten in Ohio’s Snow Belt, partly due to the fact that it took most of the spring to finally start warming up. And, even when [...]

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Farmland values due for a slight decline

With crop prices at multiyear lows and interest rates expected to inch up over the next few years, a Purdue University agricultural economist believes the decade-long increase in farmland values might soon be over. But Michael Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, said any decline should be relatively slight and spread over [...]

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Photo by Randall Reeder.

Farmers influencing markets buy holding tight to 2014 crop

Harvest progress as of Nov. 10 was 80% for corn and 90% for soybeans. With the cold weather that quickly came upon the Midwest, the remaining bushels of corn and soybeans still standing in fields could be standing longer than producers would desire. Snow came into the upper Midwest hitting Minnesota and the upper peninsula [...]

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German study outlines benefits of biotech

The United States is the world’s leader in developing and adopting biotechnology to enhance the yield and quality of agricultural commodities. Despite the rapid adoption of genetic modified (GM) crops by farmers in many countries around the world, however, controversies about this technology continue. To help evaluate the evidence about GM crops, a German report [...]

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Marketing for money in the bank

Corn Interestingly, the USDA lowered the estimated corn yield in the November report, while most in the trade expected an increase. Regardless, this is the largest crop in U.S. history, with nearly 15 billion bushels raised and a carryout near the 2 billion bushel mark. The next report is scheduled for Jan. 12. Following are a few market [...]

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