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Ethanol program offers benefits to government and industry

A variable subsidy for ethanol producers could cost the government less and provide more security for producers than current fixed rates, according to a Purdue University study. A variable subsidy rate would insulate producers from risk because as oil and ethanol prices drop, the subsidy for producers would increase, said Wally Tyner, a Purdue agricultural [...]

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Crop insurance options

Farmers who want to insure this fall’s and next spring’s crops will have some decisions to make regarding crop insurance choices according to Amy Jackson, vice president of insurance for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. “The new guidelines combine previous yield and revenue plans into one standardized plan and will be known as the COMBO [...]

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Diagnosing stalk rots

By John Brien, CCA, AgriGold agronomist There have been numerous cases of anthracnose stalk rot moving into corn fields throughout the area. Unfortunately, stalk rots are often misunderstood. Many times when stalk rots move into a field, an assumption is typically made that the particular hybrid had bad health and poor standability, but in reality [...]

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Harvesting, storing and pricing corn silage

It is that time of year again (though a little early this year). Here are a couple of silage related articles from Ohio State University Extension experts on the CORN Newsletter. By Bill Weiss, Ohio State University Extension Several important decisions regarding corn silage harvest must be made in the next few weeks and these [...]

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Corn and soybean harvest expectations

By Brian Essinger, Monsanto Territory Manager, Northern Ohio Harvest is rapidly approaching and overall in 2010 we will all have a lot in which to look forward. But before I get to that, let’s start off with the most important harvest message: Be safe. Each spring and fall I e-mail my growers this same message [...]

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Estimating corn yields

By John Brien, CCA, regional agronomist for AgriGold The Yield Component Method is one of the most versatile and utilized methods to estimate yields. It allows growers to estimate their corn yields as early as 25 days after it takes into consideration the key components that determine grain yield. Yield components include the number of [...]

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Pioneer Field Day on Corn and Soybean Progress

Dale Minyo visits with Pioneer Agronomist Jonah Johnson at the Pioneer Field Day in Wilmington, OH.  Dale Minyo visits with Pioneer Agronomist Jerron Schmoll about Pioneer’s Triplestack varieties and the new Optimum AcreMax 1 Insect Protection product. Dale Minyo visits with Pioneer Non-GMO Manager Dan Jones about the need for non-GMO products inside and outside the [...]

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Program Assisting Farmers With Disabilities to be Showcased at FSR

The Ohio AgrAbility program will once again be showcased at Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, Sept. 21-23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.   The program, part of the national AgrAbility program, assists farmers with disabilities. Visitors to Farm Science Review can stop by the AgrAbility booth along Land Avenue of [...]

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Seed Consultants Celebrates 20 Years

When Chris Jeffries and Dan Fox started Seed Consultants Inc. (SCI) in the corner of a farmer’s implement building, they never dreamed the company would become one of the largest independent seed companies in the U.S. Fox’s and Jeffries’ backgrounds were both in production agriculture and the seed industry. In the ‘90s they were working [...]

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