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Heitkamp Farms Feeding Farmers Corn Harvest Combine

Bullish reaction on corn and soybeans

USDA put the corn yield at 171.8 bushels per acre, up from last month’s 169.9. Yet, corn is not falling apart. It is 2 cents higher shortly after the report. Before the report corn was down 3 cents. USDA lowered the soybean yield to 49.5, last month it was 49.9. The corn and wheat ending [...]

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Minimize the risk of harvest fires

Dry corn and soybean fields have put farmers at greater risk of their combines catching on fire while harvesting crops. At least three combine fires were sparked across Ohio in one week this fall. Two happened during the recent week-long heatwave: one in Crawford County on Sept. 22, another in Miami County on Sept. 24. [...]

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Trey Colley helped set a world record for the amount of data collected from one corn plant.

World record for data collection set by OSU precision ag team

Over the last year, Trey Colley, a graduate student studying precision agriculture at The Ohio State University, worked to gather the most data ever collected for a single corn plant. Now that the growing season has transitioned to harvest, Colley has been amazed at the amount of data that has accumulated from his corn plant, [...]

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Dodder in western Ohio

We have had reports of dodder in some red clover fields. Dodder is a parasitic plant without any leaves or chlorophyll to produce its own energy. It lives by attaching to a host with small appendages (called ‘haustoria”), and extracting the host plant’s carbohydrates. The stems are yellow-orange, stringlike, twining, smooth and branching to form [...]

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Green stem syndrome

One issue that impacts soybean harvest in the eastern Corn Belt at some level each year is green stem syndrome. Green stem syndrome could be larger issue for the 2017 harvest because of latter planting dates in many areas. When green stem syndrome occurs, stems and leaves can remain green after pods have matured. As [...]

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Slug management thoughts

As the 2017 field season winds down farmers are reflecting on how things went this summer and are looking ahead to next season. Many Ohio farmers experienced significant slug damage this spring and are thinking about future practices to mitigate slug damage including cover crops and crop rotations. We are conducting some preliminary on-farm research [...]

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Soybean pod shattering and harvest moisture

Pre-harvest and harvest loss of grain can result in significant yield reductions. Pre-harvest pod shatter (breaking of pods resulting in soybeans on the ground) can occur when dry pods are re-wetted. This year, in our trials, we’ve seen very little pre-harvest loss. At grain moisture content less than 13%, shatter loss at harvest can also [...]

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More Palmer amaranth showing up in Ohio

After Palmer amaranth was recently spotted for the first time in Knox County, northeast of Columbus, the land owner, along with his neighbors and others, came together — 26 in all — and scouted the fields, yanking out the weed as they went. Carrying machetes or pruning clippers, they walked through damp, nearly chest-high soybean [...]

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Fall herbicide applications

As populations of herbicide resistant weeds continue to grow, sound management practices are more critical than ever to keep these weeds under control. Fall herbicide applications are good tool for controlling existing weeds after harvest, which will provide a weed free field in early spring the following year. According to Mark Loux, OSU Weed Specialist, [...]

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This lock on the Ohio River lowers barges around 25 to the water level below the dam.

Lock failures close Ohio River

For years there have been growing concerns about the aging system of locks and dams on the U.S. inland waterway system. Agricultural exports are heavily dependent on properly functioning locks and dams. This week there was an example of the problems that can quickly develop. The Ohio River was closed Monday following lock failures near [...]

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