Crops

How high will corn go?

December 2010 corn futures moved above $5.00 in mid-September, moderated in early October, and then moved sharply higher following the USDA’s October Crop Production report. The month of November started with new highs for that contract, said Darrel Good, a University of Illinois agricultural economist. “Even though prices are at the highest level since July [...]

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Nov. 20 NAP crop deadline

Steve Maurer, the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, would like to remind producers that they have until November 20, 2010 to sign-up for the 2011 Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) crop coverage.  This deadline applies to the following crops: Apples, Asparagus, Blueberries, Caneberries, Cherries, Chestnuts, Forage for Hay and Pasture, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Strawberries, [...]

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Pioneer Hi-Bred introduces 29 new soybean varieties for 2011

With the total package of improved agronomic, defensive and yield-boosting traits in mind, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is adding 29 new soybean varieties to its 2011 lineup. “Each year Pioneer is focused on raising the bar for its soybean products, bolstering benefits to growers,” says Don Schafer, Pioneer senior marketing manager – soybeans. “That [...]

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Study demonstrates Ohioans eating more wheat

A September study demonstrates that Ohio consumers are making a conscious effort to include more wheat and wheat products in their diets. A notable 55% of the 200 citizens surveyed are deliberately consuming wheat on a day-to-day basis. Wheat is America’s most consumed grain and is also the principal ingredient of flour. “Ohio’s wheat farmers [...]

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Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association is set to launch in 2011

Throughout the past year, grower leaders have participated in the Structure Task Force to represent the interests of Ohio producers of corn and wheat to build the identity of a new organization — the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The new organization is a result of an ongoing relationship between the Ohio Corn Growers [...]

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Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association is set to launch in 2011

Throughout the past year, grower leaders have participated in the Structure Task Force to represent the interests of Ohio producers of corn and wheat to build the identity of a new organization — the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The new organization is a result of an ongoing relationship between the Ohio Corn Growers [...]

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The science of pumpkin production

Ohio is one of the top producers of pumpkins in the U.S. Last year, the state’s farmers harvested 1.24 billion pounds of the fruit from 7,500 acres, with a farm value of $22.5 million. To make sure Ohio remains a great pumpkin state, growers thrive, and consumers get a high-quality product, Ohio State University Extension [...]

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Soil testing still important in dry conditions

Farmers shouldn’t stop analyzing soil samples to determine lime and fertilizer needs despite the effects drought and low soil moisture might have on the results, a Purdue University agronomist says. “Accurate analysis of representative soil samples to determine lime and fertilizer needs is fundamental to crop production,” said Jim Camberato. “Unfortunately, persistent, dry weather resulting [...]

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Winter wheat is off to a good start

With nearly all of Ohio’s winter wheat planted, according to the Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service, farmers are on track for a potentially successful crop. “This year, corn and soybeans have come off in a timely manner, so most of our wheat has been planted under decent conditions. Reports from across the state indicate that wheat [...]

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Tips for evaluating sales information

By Robert Mullen, Ohio State University Extension Now that crop harvest is winding down, many companies that conduct field experimentation will be getting out and sharing their success stories, so how can you weed through the information to find the truth? The first thing I often say as it relates to fertilizer products (but this [...]

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