Crops

Midwest Cover Crop Guide can help improve soil health

Soil researchers and educators from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences have collaborated on a newly updated Midwest Cover Crops Guide that can help growers learn how to improve the state’s water quality while improving soil health, increasing yields, lowering input costs and earning higher farm income. Adding cover crops to [...]

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Late fall weed control in winter wheat

There are effective late-fall post-emergence options for management of dandelion and winter annual weeds in wheat for use mostly in those fields that were not treated with burndown herbicides prior to emergence.  For late-planted fields where wheat has not emerged, it’s still possible to use the full range of burndown herbicides discussed in a previous [...]

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New web tool allows users to visualize agriculture data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) now offers the Ag Census Web Maps application, a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms, and operators in more than 3,000 counties across the United States. “The [...]

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Harvest delays may be reducing corn yield

Persistent rains have delayed corn harvest across the state and are not helping with field drying. Many growers are delaying harvest until grain moisture drops further. However, leaving corn to dry in the field exposes a crop to unfavorable weather conditions, as well as wildlife damage. A crop with weak plant integrity is more vulnerable [...]

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Options with options

I noticed big changes along I-80 and I-35 during my drive back to MN from the farm this week.  Nearly all of the beans had been harvested, with most combines picking corn.  I didn’t see any elevators with piles of corn, but in most areas farmers are behind with their harvest. Fundamentally the trade is bearish, [...]

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Brad Mattix, Oct. 27

We have made some pretty decent progress. We still have 500 acres of beans and quite a bit of corn to go. There is only one person in the area I know of who is done. Beans are probably 70% done and corn is maybe at 35% or 40% around here. The bean yields have [...]

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Jed Bower, Oct. 27

Earlier this morning we thought we would be done today, but now I don’t know that we’ll be done before the rain. We have 100 acres to go. We ran 20 feet and we are done for the day. We fought beans for a couple days on moisture but yesterday they came down really nicely [...]

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Todd Hesterman, Oct. 27

Finally, the push is on. We have really only been harvesting soybeans for about two days, but they were huge days. We ran until 1 in the morning Saturday night and as long as conditions would allow us last night. The wind has really brought the moisture down on the beans. When we started we [...]

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Tom Yuhasz, Oct. 27

The bean harvest is probably 50% or 60% done. Some of the fields that got white mold are not doing so well, but the good fields that did not get it are in the 60s or maybe bumping 70 bushels. Our food grades are yielding well too, but we had one field almost completely wiped [...]

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Herbicide applications should be made before December

Now is a good time for growers to apply herbicide treatments to their fields to control weeds and help ensure a good start for spring planting. In fact, anytime between now and the week of Thanksgiving is a good time for fall herbicide applications, according to a researcher from Ohio State University’s College of Food, [...]

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