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corn curve

Will tough spring lead to stronger prices?

Spring has brought extremely varied planting conditions to Ohio’s producers and many others in the eastern Corn Belt. Illinois has seen record levels of crop insurance corn replant claims. Many seed corn companies scrambled to get inventory to affected areas. The last half of May brought sunshine while some parts of Ohio again were slow [...]

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Assess winter wheat before harvest

The spring of 2017 has created many challenges for winter wheat growers. As wheat harvest begins across the eastern Corn Belt, producers should keep an eye out for potential problems that may cause yield loss and impact grain quality. Growers have observed the development of diseases such as powdery mildew and Fusarium head blight (scab). [...]

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Case IH Patriot 2250 Sprayer

Did you calibrate your sprayer? Here is an easy way to do it

This is the time to check the accuracy of your sprayer. One can determine if the chemicals are applied at the proper rate only by carefully calibrating the sprayer. While applying too little pesticide may result in ineffective pest control, too much pesticide wastes money, may damage the crop and increases the potential risk of [...]

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Fertilizer field Day June 22 in Canfield

It seems you can never know enough about fertilizer these days. A June 22 field day is designed to help answer questions about applying fertilizer, and after the event, participants can obtain the required state certification for anyone who applies fertilizer, other than manure, to more than 50 acres. The event will feature speakers Lee [...]

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Drewes corn planting

Sound management critical to overcome challenges of 2017

The spring of 2017 has provided Ohio’s growers with many challenges, and as the growing season continues, sound management of crops will be critical to diminish potential problems and maximize yields. Patterns of wet weather and large rainfall events have caused planting delays, emergence problems, and required replant of both corn and soybeans in many [...]

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Notice of election: Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees

Four Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees districts are up for election in 2017 and are currently accepting petitions. OSC Trustees serve one term of three years and may only serve three consecutive terms. Two incumbents currently filling the positions are term-limited and two are eligible to run again. District 3:  Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, [...]

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Safety considerations for baling hay

As we progress into summer, hay baling moves to the forefront of things to be done on the farm. Hay baling season can come with its own set of hazards that can cause injuries. These include equipment hazards, working in hot temperatures, lifting injuries, and even the stress of getting hay down, dried and baled [...]

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New way to detect Palmer amaranth in contaminated seedlots

Last summer, farmers in the Midwest got an unwelcome surprise after planting native seed on Conservation Reserve Program acres. Palmer amaranth, the aggressive and hard-to-kill weed, had established in droves. As a possible solution, some states declared Palmer a noxious weed, which prohibits its sale and transport. “I’ve had seed growers call me,” said Pat [...]

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Do not delay wheat harvest

Wheat harvest date impacts both grain yield and quality. Delaying wheat harvest puts the crop at risk for increased disease, lodging, sprouting, and harvest loss. Last year in Clark County, we evaluated wheat harvested on June 29 (at 12% moisture content) and July 8 (at 14% moisture content). Grain moisture increased between June 29 and July [...]

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