Crops

Agricultural engineer Paul Jasa with the University of Nebraska

Get no-till corn off to a great start: Tips from CTTC

Ohio has a long history of university no-till plots, but so does Nebraska. And, while Nebraska has not been no-tilling for as long as Ohio, the state does have one man that has been there for all of the 37 years of no-till plot research — agricultural engineer Paul Jasa with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. [...]

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Watch for Palmer amaranth in 2017

As growers across the Eastern Corn Belt prepare for the 2017 growing season, one major issue that continues to be a challenge is weed control. Now is an appropriate time to make plans for control of weeds, especially aggressive, herbicide resistant species. Palmer amaranth is an aggressive plant that thrives in drought, can grow more [...]

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Montgomery Co. corn

Red root rot plagued Ohio corn in 2016

While there were many great results even after a tough year in 2016, there were some real disappointments too. According to Levi Runkle, a Tri-Ag Products, Inc. agronomist, some of those disappointing corn yields may have been partially the result of a rare issue in Ohio — red root rot. Runkle found the unique challenge [...]

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Matt Reese interviews Jed Bower, Keith Truckor, and Tadd Nicholson with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association for an Ohio Ag Net podcast.

Commodity Classic focuses on farmer profitability

More than 350 Ohioans joined nearly 10,000 farmers from around the country for the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio early this month to set policy, network and learn to improve their farms from some of the nation’s top experts. “The theme of the conference has really been farmer profitability. The last three years we [...]

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John Motter was recognized as a special event as he gets started with his role as chairman of the United Soybean Board.

Motter kicks off new national role at Commodity Classic

Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) board member John Motter was elected late last year to lead the national United Soybean Board as its 26th chair. He previously served on the USB executive committee as vice chair and treasurer and has been a board member for eight years. This is the first time since USB was created [...]

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Non-GMO corn production and purity concerns

Many corn growers in the Eastern Corn Belt produce NON-GMO corn in an attempt to capture an additional premium. Depending on the contracting elevator, standard GMO contamination allowances are typically from 0% to 1%. Producing NON-GMO corn within the acceptable tolerances of GMO contamination is possible; however, there are several challenges and potential pitfalls that [...]

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Neil Bentley, director of marketing for BASF

Input care and management crucial in a tight farm economy

The economics of the situation looking forward for commodity agriculture will require careful planning and management to maximize yields and profitability while minimizing risks and costs per bushel. “We have to make a plan to think about how to move forward including a clear business plan that includes goals, timelines, and ‘what ifs,’” said Neil [...]

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Late winter nitrogen fertilizer application

The unseasonably warm and dry weather this February has prompted some corn growers to begin applying ammonia, according to University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger. “While we don’t often have the option to apply this early due to frozen or wet soils, late February and early March is an acceptable time to apply [...]

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Ohio Soybean Association names Kirk Merritt executive director

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has named Kirk Merritt Executive Director of the grassroots policy and member-driven organization to begin March 6. Merritt currently serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), which manages soybean checkoff dollars, and will continue in that role. The announcement follows the departure of Adam Ward, who [...]

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