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Tariff threats from China frustrating agriculture

Across the nation those involved in agriculture are expressing frustration (to put it mildly, in some cases) about the escalation of a trade dispute that has resulted in China’s announcement of a proposed 25% tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. It does not take many guesses to figure out the topic …

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Agronomy Week April 2-6

Every growing season, agronomists play a vital role in providing expertise and support for farmers. Once again this season, farmers can show their appreciation for their agronomic support teams during Agronomy Week to be celebrated April 2-6. Launched last year by the DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brands, the annual event takes place …

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Crop rotation and second year soybean yields

As spring approaches and plans for the 2018 crop are finalized, growers will determine what crops to plant and plant crop rotation across their acres. When considering crop rotations and yields, many focus on continuous corn and the yield penalties associated with that practices. However, there is one possibly overlooked …

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Addressing the conundrum of planting into cover crops

Though the acreage of cover crops in Ohio has expanded dramatically in recent years due to their wide array of benefits, cover crop management presents annual conundrums about spring planting. Should the cover crop be terminated prior to planting corn and soybeans or after? The standard answer for pretty much …

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Winter wheat stand evaluation

Feekes 5 growth stage (leaf sheaths strongly erect) is a good time to evaluate winter wheat stand. Over the past two years, with funding from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, we evaluated the relationship between wheat stems (main stem + tillers) and yield. Keep in Mind: In our research, …

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Corn acres down nationwide

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the Prospective Plantings report, indicating that farmers will plant 88-million acres, 2.14 million fewer acres of corn, a 2% decrease from 2017. If realized, this will be the lowest total corn planted acreage in the United States since 2015. “U.S. farmers continue to produce …

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Report bullish, traders shocked

Report day before the 31st, really? What happened? Corn and soybean acres are both bullish and less than expected with soybeans starting with “8.” Corn was 88.0 million acres and soybeans 88.9 million acres. Traders were most surprised as corn was up 11 cents, soybeans up 24 cents and wheat …

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Spring seeding of forages

Late this month (depending on the weather) and on into April provides one of the two preferred times to seed perennial cool-season forages. The other preferred timing for cool-season grasses and legumes is in late summer, primarily the month of August here in Ohio. The relative success of spring vs. …

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Calculating the forgotten costs of farming

When spring rolls around, there are many unpredictable forces farmers have to deal with, including the weather and the markets. The one thing that should not be in that unpredictable category as planting season approaches is a farmer’s cost of production. “A lot of times a ‘ballpark’ figure may be …

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