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Watch for mid-season pests and diseases

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension specialist Corn insects we may see in July are European corn borer (I have seen a few in refuge plants already) and continuing to show up in northern Ohio is the Western bean cutworm. Earlier, I received calls from northeast Ohio on the …

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Ponding and corn

By Peter Thomison and Alexander Lindsey, Ohio State University Extension Persistent rains during the past two weeks have resulted in ponding and saturated soils in many Ohio corn fields and led to questions concerning what impact these conditions will have on corn performance. The extent to which ponding injures corn …

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Using science and analytics to guide nitrogen management

By Kyle Poling, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Ada, Ohio Nitrogen (N) is typically the most yield-limiting nutrient in corn production. Additionally, nitrogen management is among the most uncertain and costly inputs of modern corn production. With N accounting for up to 20% of total crop cost, growers are faced with the …

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RFS proposal sends hopeful signal to biodiesel industry

In late June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an increase in the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel categories under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). While the proposed increase sends a very positive signal to the industry, EPA’s granting of dozens of retroactive small refinery hardship exemptions undercut prior …

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Reminders about dicamba

By Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension herbicide specialist This is the time of year when we received our first call about dicamba problems in soybeans in 2017. We can probably expect any problems to become evident soon, based on the timing of postemergence applications and timeline for development of …

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