Crops

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Prevent Plant meetings planned for northwest Ohio

In northwest Ohio, the Maumee River has become what some would say is the Mason-Dixon Line of the state this spring. That body of water separates farmers that have almost completed the 2018 corn planting season and farmers that haven’t turned a wheel. “If you go to the Paulding and Van Wert county line and [...]

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Novel photosynthesis trait to improve corn yield and sustainability

Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, and Beck’s  are partnering to bring to market the first photosynthetic efficiency trait, enabling corn farmers to increase the yield, sustainability and profitability of their farms. Sunlight is the critical natural input for food production, capturing and storing carbon as a [...]

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Cutting height in hay fields: How low can you go?

While many parts of Pennsylvania have yet to take a cutting of hay in 2018, I was on a farm in Chester County on Monday (5/7/18) where first cutting alfalfa/orchardgrass was made last week. As you head to the field this year, it’s important to pay attention to cutting height in your hay crop. One [...]

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Al Gahler checks his soggy hay crop in Ottawa County.

Widely divergent planting progress in Ohio due to weather extremes

As of May 13, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service reported that Akron Canton, Cleveland, and Wooster locations had over two inches of surplus rainfall compared to normal since April 1. A Toledo location was more than 3 inches above normal rainfall. While most of Ohio has had numerous opportunities to get into fields for [...]

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Wheat and barley diseases and treatment

It is wet and rainy outside and the forecast calls for more rain throughout this the second week of May (May 14–19). Therefore, growers’ concerns about diseases and the need for fungicides are understandable. However, although most of our common diseases of small grain crops are favored by wet, humid conditions, it does not automatically [...]

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Estimating fiber content of alfalfa in the field

Alfalfa stands in Ohio had a slow start this spring, but our recent change in weather is causing alfalfa development to move quickly. Stand growth is catching back up to where it would normally be at this time of year. As we approach the end of May many producers will be making harvest decisions. It [...]

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Purple corn possibility

For many areas of the eastern Corn Belt, a great deal of corn has been planted over the past few weeks. Some corn has emerged and is in the early stages of growth. One phenomenon that commonly occurs at the early stages of the growing season is the appearance of purple corn plants. Corn plants [...]

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Be mindful of pollinators during planting

The winter of 2017-2018 is destined to go down in Ohio beekeeping history as one of the worst on record.  In October, the OSU honey bee lab had 50 living colonies, but by the beginning of April, we were down to just 5 survivors. While some of these honey bee colonies died as a result [...]

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NCGA 2018 Yield Contest online entry now open

With planting beginning in much of the country, the National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 29, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer. “We are [...]

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