Crops

Research seeking the stink bug’s natural enemies

When Celeste Welty unzips the white, nylon cage, none of the stink bugs inside move. “They’re very tranquil,” she says. Why wouldn’t they be?  Inside their cage, they enjoy spa-like conditions with all the sunflower seeds and nuts they can feed on, the warmth of the sunlight coming through the window beside them and a [...]

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Management tips for flooded produce

Recent heavy rains across much of the state have resulted in widespread ponding and flooding in fields. This creates challenges for farmers growing produce for fresh consumption because of the potential for the introduction of contaminants into growing areas. With proper management, however, many of the risks introduced by flooding can be mitigated. “Growers who [...]

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Cold wet weather and seed viability concerns

The week starting April 24th saw a great deal of planting progress for both corn and soybeans. In some areas, planters were rolling up until Friday April 28th, when a period of cold, wet weather arrived. Some parts of the Eastern Corn Belt experienced 3 or more inches of rain in a short amount of [...]

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Berry Field Night May 25

If you’re seeking more berries from your strawberry plants or want to know how to start growing them, an upcoming field night could be where your questions are answered. Those who attend the May 25 workshop at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, can step into a greenhouse and see how strawberry plants [...]

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Soil Health Partnership urges farmers to take USDA cover crop survey

Whether you are a longtime advocate of cover crops-or have never even considered using them-the Soil Health Partnership is encouraging all farmers to participate in the USDA’s 2017 Cover Crop Survey. In its fifth year, the survey helps the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program understand why farmers choose to use cover crops, or the [...]

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No-till message important around the world

Whether talking to farmers in France, Ghana or southern Ohio, Rafiq Islam’s message is consistent: tilling the land does more long-term damage than good. As an Ohio State University soil scientist, Islam is among the disciples in the movement to convince farmers that plowing their fields before they plant or after they harvest harms the [...]

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DDGS exports to Mexico creating new market opportunities

Selling 50 metric tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may seem minor, but Javier Chávez, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Mexico marketing specialist, views these small sales to cattle and dairy producers in southeastern Mexico as the start of another big opportunity for U.S. feed grains. DDGS is a well-known and frequently-used feed [...]

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Corn seeding depth makes a difference

Planting depth recommendations for Ohio are 1.5 to 2 inches deep to ensure adequate moisture uptake and seed-soil contact. Deeper planting may be recommended as the season progresses and soils become warmer and drier, however planting shallower than 1.5 inches is generally not recommended at any planting date or in any soil type. When corn [...]

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Winter wheat update

With unseasonably warm weather in late winter and early spring, 2017’s winter wheat crop is ahead of its normal development and growth for this time of year. In some areas of Kentucky wheat is estimated to be as far as three weeks ahead of “normal” development while some areas of southern Ohio the flag leaf [...]

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Robot may be “game changer” for crop growers, breeders

A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders — and eventually farmers — can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields. A team of scientists from the Carl R. Woese Institute [...]

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