Crops

Growing Degree Days and emergence

A great deal of field work has been done over the past few weeks. As corn is being planted across the eastern Corn Belt and another growing season has begun, it will be time to walk and scout fields. Once corn is planted, the next critical event will be uniform emergence. Many producers have read [...]

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The “quiet crisis” of soil loss

At the west end of The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus, within eyeshot of Ohio Stadium and the Columbus city skyline, passed by thousands of commuters daily, lies a soil study site about the size of a basketball court that could help change the planet, or at least about 4 billion acres of it. In [...]

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Corn germination and emergence processes

As corn planting gets underway for the 2018 growing season, it is important to review and understand what goes into corn the germination and emergence process. Uniform corn emergence is one of the most important aspects of stand establishment and producing high yielding corn. Understanding germination, emergence, and how environmental factors influence these processes is [...]

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Adjusting no-till burndown programs for a prolonged wet spring

This is a revision of an article we seem to publish in put out about every three years when wet weather prevents early planting and in some cases also prevents early burndown applications. The good news is that cool weather has slowed weed growth, but even so, the weeds obviously continue to get bigger under [...]

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Growing a sensitive crop

What was formerly known as the Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry is now part of FieldWatch: http://www.fieldwatch.com; this website allows growers of sensitive crops, organic, aquaculture or bees to list their location. Spray operators can then log into the site and see what is in the area where they will be spraying. Users need to create [...]

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Ten practices for increasing corn yields and profits

The cropping season (aka late winter) is dragging along a bit slowly. Typically our best crops are planted between April 20 and May 10 — but we usually start a little earlier than the 20. This year that won’t happen for any of us. What I do know is that the sun will get higher [...]

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NCGA endorses Thune-Brown ARC Improvement and Innovation Act

The National Corn Growers Association endorsed legislation introduced by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to improve the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program. “The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Improvement and Innovation Act will make needed improvements to the farm safety net, ensuring ARC can continue to be a reliable risk management program for farmers [...]

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NCGA 2018 Yield Contest rules published

The National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to review new rules and clarification to its National Corn Yield Contest rules for 2018 before online entry goes live in early May. The early entry deadline this year will be Friday, June 29, 2018, and the final entry deadline will be Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Two new [...]

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The war begins at planting

Upon planting a seed into the medium called the soil, one could assume that it is tucked into a warm and inviting environment, where nothing bad can happen to it. If a grower had that assumption, they would be WRONG! When a grower plants a seed into the soil, the war begins. The war is [...]

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