Crops

Dry weather hurting Brazil’s soybean crop

Though recent rains have helped in some areas, hot, dry weather throughout January damaged Brazil’s 2014/15 soybean crop, said local consultancy AgRural, which plans to cut its forecast for the crop from 95 million tonnes in its February revision. “Even though there were some rains during the week, the volumes were not enough to normalize [...]

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Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District 2015 Agronomy Workshop & Expo

The Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District 2015 Agronomy Workshop & Expo to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. New this year, Agriculture Fertilizer Applicator Certification will be available for those with a pesticide applicator license. Certified Crop Advisors may earn continuing education credits and those with a [...]

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USDA accepting applications for CSP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $100 million available this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  Applications are accepted all year; however, interested farmers and forest landowners should submit applications by February 27, 2015, to ensure consideration for this year’s funding (applications received after that date will be considered for future funding).   [...]

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2015 will be a year of survival for crop operations

Last month USDA came out with a plethora of reports for grains. USDA estimated 2014 corn production at 14.216 billion bushels with a yield at 171 bushels per acre. Both numbers were down from the previous estimate last November. Early last fall, some analysts thought corn production could top 15 billion bushels with the yield [...]

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Expanded market access for U.S. grown apples to China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reached agreement with Chinese officials to allow all U.S. grown apples to gain access to the Chinese market. This will allow a greater share of U.S. apple exports to China in the coming months and has the potential to increase U.S. fresh apple exports, which were valued at more [...]

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ASA shows support for neonicotinoid seed treatments

The American Soybean Association reiterated support for pollinator health and the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments to soybean farmers in comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA released an analysis in October, contending that neonicotinoid seed treatments do not contribute to improving soybean yield; however, ASA has heard from farmers, especially in the northern [...]

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Schedule set for on-farm food safety training programs for fruits and vegetables

Ohio State University Extension’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program is again hosting training sessions on “Good Agricultural Practices” for Ohio’s fruit and vegetable producers. “This year’s program is very similar to the 2014 program,” said Lindsey Hoover, the program’s coordinator. New this year is information on the proposed supplement to the produce safety rule in the [...]

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Pro Farmer Crop Tour

A tool to make profitable decisions in 2015

The commodity price outlook for 2015 is lower than it has been in recent years and input prices have held firm for the most part, putting a tight squeeze on profit margins for farmers. Knowing your numbers will be a key to making profitable decisions in 2015, according to Alex Johnson, an agronomist with Beck’s [...]

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The evolution of digital agriculture and considerations today

A farmer commented to me the other day when talking about data that the industry “really needs to be able to exchange data across platforms.” This comment was associated with other comments about how farmers are looking for help in understanding the benefits data can bring to their business but also how data services and [...]

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OSU Extension winter agronomy meetings

Winter meeting season is here for 2015 and that means getting some personal and professional education. We on the Agronomic Crops Team try to provide programs of interest to corn, soybean and wheat growers across Ohio. See our calendar throughout the winter: http://agcrops.osu.edu/calendar. February is a big Extension meeting month. Please pick out the one [...]

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