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Be prepared for soybean diseases

Soybean frogeye leaf spot, which has traditionally been more of a problem in the southern states, is progressing further north every year and is now being found in several Ohio fields. White mold will try to hamper soybean yields this year as well. Jon Sherwin, an Account Manager with Gowan, …

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Transitions of no-till

  By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired) When is no-till not really no-till? If a field has not been tilled the previous two seasons, is the third year truly no-till? Jerry Grigar, State Agronomist for NRCS in Michigan, has pondered those questions, especially related to no-till …

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Current cattle situation and outlook for Ohio

By Ben Brown, Program Manager for the Ohio State University Farm Management Program The U.S. cattle herd on Jan. 1, 2018 was larger than the count a year earlier, making 2017 the fifth consecutive year of herd expansion. Expansions in beef typically last four to six years. The U.S. appears …

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Markets have plenty to watch as summer heats up

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile USDA with its weekly crop progress report on May 29 put the U.S. corn planting at 92%. Huge amounts of corn were planted during the first three weeks of May, though northwest Ohio struggled severely to plant corn and soybeans timely this spring. Heavy rains …

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Rapid growth syndrome in corn

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. While scouting corn fields this spring, some farmers in the eastern Corn Belt may have noticed strange looking corn plants with new growth that was yellow and leaves that were wrinkled randomly spread throughout their field. This a phenomenon is referred to as “Rapid …

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