Crops

Ohio farms pay heavy toll for clean water violations

Last month, an Ohio pork producer received stiff fines and prison time, and a dairy owner and manure applicator also agreed to a heavy financial toll as a result of water pollution violations. On Oct. 19, William H. Ringler, the owner and operator of Steamtown Farm, a 2,500-head pig-feeding operation in Ashley (Morrow and Delaware [...]

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The competition for 2011 acres has started for corn and soybeans

There are three issues that are important for corn and soybeans as they compete for acreage in 2011, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. “First, there’s the question of how many acres of these crops are needed to meet consumption needs at ‘reasonable’ prices. Second, how many acres are available for planting of [...]

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Harvest progress from “Between the Rows”

Nationally corn harvest is 83% harvested compared to only 49% for the average year.  The soybeans are 91% harvested and the average pace should be only 72% complete.  Winter wheat is 88% planted and 64% emerged.  The first crop condition for wheat is at 41% good and 6% excellent and there is 39% in the fair [...]

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Ohio BioPreferred Rules progressing

After nearly 15 months of hard work on the legislation, the implementing rules for S. B. 131 (Gillmor) cleared their final hurdle today and will, along with the entire bioproducts purchasing program, become law in 30 days. The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) unanimously okayed the BioPreferred rules. Proferred by the Department of [...]

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The great pumpkin shortage of 2010: Reality or rumor

By Matt Reese Rumors are flying that have bakers in a panic. Anxious homemakers are nervously flitting among grocery aisles only to have their hopes dashed. Dark tales are being told in the backrooms of bakeries. Could it be true? Is there a great pie pumpkin shortage of 2010? Whether real or perceived, there has [...]

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Study finds no “indirect land use change” with ethanol

A report prepared for the California Air Resources Board by a team of scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory found corn ethanol contributed “minimal to zero” impact from the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) scheme. The report was compiled by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge lab at the request of CARB, which [...]

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Brown marmorated stink bug making an unpleasant appearance in Ohio

A bug named for its stench and marbled, streaky appearance has made its way to Ohio, potentially becoming a serious pest — the brown marmorated stink bug. This odiferous pest is moving eastward from the Atlantic Coast into the eastern Corn Belt becoming a pest in Ohio on soybeans and other crops, but can be [...]

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Watch stored corn for mold development

Ohio farmers are encouraged to diligently monitor their stored corn grain to prevent mold development. Ohio State University Extension plant pathologists said that keeping an eye on stored grain in the bins early in the season can help producers avoid problems that too often go unnoticed or are discovered too late in the game to [...]

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Corn residue management post-harvest

By Steve Butzen, Clyde Tiffany and Darren Goebel, Pioneer agronomists Stover production by corn plants is roughly equal to the weight of grain produced. This means when corn yields exceed 200 bushels per acre, stover yields may reach 12,000 to 16,000 pounds per acre. That’s over twice the residue produced by most other crops and [...]

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EPA decision on E15 waiver is a good start but not the answer

The EPA’s decision on a partial waiver for E15 use (blend of 15% corn ethanol and 85% unleaded gasoline) in light-duty motor vehicles was announced last week. Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association were pleased that action had finally been taken following the March 2009 petition increase the blend level, but the ethanol [...]

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