Crops

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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Preble Co. cover crops program June 26

The benefits of cover crops for soil fertility and crop growth are being proclaimed far and wide: increased organic matter and fertility, reduced erosion, improved soil structure, weed suppression, reduced nutrient runoff, and potential increase in crop yields and reduced input costs, just to name a few. Despite this, many local farmers are not using [...]

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ODA honors top Ohio wines

Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels honored the Director’s Choice recipients at an event held at the Statehouse for retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and winery owners. More than 20 wines were evaluated by a panel of judges, on behalf of Director Daniels, for the highly coveted award. The 2017 award recipients are:   Best White Wine [...]

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Slugs likely this summer

Something very small has benefited from the heavy rainfall that has played havoc with field crops statewide: the slimy and frequently hungry gray garden slug. Planting corns and soybeans early sometimes helps reduce the amount of damage from slugs because the crop has a chance to outpace the growth of the slug, whose appetite increases [...]

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Possibility of seeing purple corn plants

For many areas of the eastern Corn Belt, a great deal of corn has been planted over the past few weeks. Some corn has emerged and is in the early stages of growth. One phenomenon that commonly occurs at the early stages of the growing season is the appearance of purple corn plants. Corn plants [...]

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Oman corn planting

Corn decisions aplenty as June looms large

As the calendar days pass by and too-wet soil conditions persist, some tough corn decisions are being forced upon farmers. Across the state, numerous growers have reported having poor stands, said Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist. Thomison has heard reports of abnormal growth in their young corn plants, including plants that have [...]

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Watch for wheat scab and foliar diseases

Wheat is now flowering in parts of northern Ohio and will continue to flower over the next weeks of so. According to the FHB forecasting system (http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/), the risk for scab is low in central and northern Ohio for fields flowering at this time. Although it has rained over the last 2-4 days in parts [...]

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Brad Moffitt, director of market development and membership for Ohio Corn & Wheat, fills up a flex fuel vehicle with E85 at a new pump in Galloway.

Ohio Ethanol Tour highlights efforts to break the blend wall

Ethanol has been an incredible success story for corn growers, particularly in Ohio. Nonetheless, the corn-based fuel faces numerous challenges for continued growth, often referred to as the “blend wall.” The ethanol blend wall is a barrier for ethanol expansion created by a number of economic, legislative and logistical factors. One component of the blend [...]

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