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Watch for ear rots in corn fields

By Pierce Paul, Felipe Dalla Lana da Silva, Ohio State University Extension Over the last few weeks, we have received samples with at least four different types of ear rots in Ohio — Diplodia, Gibberella, Fusarium, and Trichoderma. Of these, Diplodia ear rot seems to be the most prevalent. Ear …

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The 2018 wheat crop finished strong

By Jason Hartschuh Crawford County Extension and Harold Watters There were some good reasons to grow wheat again this year. Many farmers we spoke with said 2018 produced another very good crop. Our warm spring conditions cut back on yield but quality was excellent. What else goes into making the …

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Corn ear abnormalities

By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants agronomist While walking corn plots for fields as they get closer to maturity, it is not uncommon to observe some plant/ear abnormalities. One abnormality observed this time of year is a tassel ear. The picture is a tassel ear I observed recently while taking notes …

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Late season alfalfa management

By Rory Lewandowski, CCA, Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension Late season alfalfa management decisions often come down to balancing a need for forage versus stand health and winter survival. Weather patterns across the state in 2018 have been variable. Lack of summer rain in some areas have decreased forage …

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Beck’s Hybrids weighs in on dicamba

By Matt Reese With a November deadline looming for an Environmental Protection Agency decision on the future of dicamba-resistance technology, leaders at Beck’s Hybrids decided it was time to comment on the matter. In late July, Sonny Beck sent a letter to the EPA asking for the XtendiMax, Fexipan and …

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Slug and vole survey

By Greg LaBarge, CCA, Ohio State University Extension We have heard varying reports of crop injury including replanting, treatment with control products or tillage from slugs and vole in corn and soybeans across the state. To get a better feel for where and under what conditions these two pests have …

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Nitrogen deficiency in corn

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. Due to heavy rainfall and saturated soils during the 2018 growing season, it is not surprising to see some signs of nitrogen deficiency showing up in corn fields. Whether applied preplant or sidedressed, patterns of heavy rainfall and wet soils increase the likelihood …

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