Crops

Seven wonders – A ranking of the top seven factors that determine corn yields

By Fred E. Below, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois To help farmers better understand the value of their crop management decisions, I developed the “Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World.” This is a tool to teach farmers (and students) the relative importance of management factors that can impact corn productivity. The Seven [...]

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New beginnings for the new Farm Bill

By Fred Yoder, Plain City corn grower who recently testified before the full Senate Ag Committee As I reflect over the years as to what agriculture has meant to my state as well as my own family operation, I am reminded of that old commercial that used the phrase, “you’ve come a long way, baby.” [...]

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Online Tool to Select Cover Crops in Ohio

Have you ever thought of having a cover crop on your field, but didn’t have the tools to figure out which crop would work best for your needs? Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) teamed up to release an online tool that assists farmers in deciding what cover crops [...]

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Obama’s energy security plan includes ethanol

President Barrack Obama spoke at Georgetown University outlining a four-part “Plan for American’s Energy Security.” With gas prices approaching $4 per gallon, the plan incorporates many elements, including biofuels such as ethanol, and offers concrete measures to curb the rapidly rising energy prices affecting every American. “We are pleased to see that the president has [...]

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Obama's energy security plan includes ethanol

President Barrack Obama spoke at Georgetown University outlining a four-part “Plan for American’s Energy Security.” With gas prices approaching $4 per gallon, the plan incorporates many elements, including biofuels such as ethanol, and offers concrete measures to curb the rapidly rising energy prices affecting every American. “We are pleased to see that the president has [...]

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Suit filed against Monsanto challenging patents on GMO seed

On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations, including the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit against Monsanto to challenge patents on genetically modified seed. The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should [...]

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AFBF intervenes in pesticide lawsuit

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with other agriculture groups, has filed a motion to intervene in federal court in a lawsuit aimed at imposing needless restrictions or bans on pesticide use. AFBF filed in Center for Biological Diversity v. Environmental Protection Agency, a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of [...]

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Corn growers respond to attacks from Nestle chairman

Remarks made by the chairman of Nestle about the use of corn for biofuels production were not only wrong but dangerous, the president of the National Corn Growers Association said.  At a time of economic struggle for millions of Americans, any proposal that will kill jobs, damage the environment and raise energy prices needs to [...]

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Two Produce Safety Education Programs next week

Ohio State University will offer its Produce Safety Education Program twice next week: on April 4 in Clayton near Dayton and on April 7 in Piketon south of Chillicothe. It’s a workshop for growers on reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses from fresh fruits and vegetables. The program will be the same at both locations. Among the topics: [...]

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