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Marestail lessons from 2010

By Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension herbicide specialist We conducted several studies this year that expanded our knowledge on management of marestail (horseweed).  Some of the findings reinforced what we already knew and validated our current recommendations, but we did learn some new things.  It seems as though we are still trying to figure [...]

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Corn consumption and tightening supplies

Corn consumption may be progressing too rapidly based on available supplies. Soybean consumption appears to have slowed enough so that further rationing was not required, according to a University of Illinois economist. “Since that assessment, the cash price of corn in central Illinois has increased by 22 cents and soybean prices are up 25 cents. [...]

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New requirements aim to improve Bt corn refuge compliance

In an effort to improve Bt corn refuge compliance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  mandated new requirements as part of the Bt corn re-registration process this past fall. The Bt corn registrants are incorporating these new requirements (outlined below) into their Compliance Assurance Programs for the 2011 growing season: •          On-farm refuge compliance assessments [...]

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NASCAR season powered by ethanol is almost here

As the 2011 NASCAR season launches with a new, greener fuel, the nation’s corn growers are joining forces with NASCAR to promote the use of corn-based American ethanol. As an Official Partner of NASCAR, The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) will leverage its relationship to spread the message to NASCAR fans around the country about [...]

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Are you using enough residual herbicide in your herbicide-tolerant corn?

By Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension herbicide specialist If you have been growing corn and soybean or advising growers for several decades, it’s possible to remember how the ease of controlling weeds has switched back and forth between the two crops.  There have been periods when control is easier in corn than soybeans (early [...]

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Economic injury levels and economic thresholds

By Ron Hammond and Andy Michel, Ohio State University Extension entomologists The concept of economic injury levels (EILs) is the critical idea in integrated pest management (IPM). The general definition of the EIL is that point when economic damage that occurs from insect injury equals the cost of managing that insect population.  In a word, it [...]

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USDA announces planting transferabilty pilot project

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Planting Transferability Pilot Project (PTPP) permits Ohio producers to plant approved vegetables for processing on base acres under the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) or Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE). Eligible producers have until March 1, 2011 to sign-up for the PTPP program. USDA will not accept any [...]

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Ohio Soybean Association and Ohio Soybean Council proud of 2010 accomplishments

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) worked to improve profitability and awareness of the industry in 2010 and numerous successes were achieved. OSC and the soybean checkoff focused on research, development, promotion and education initiatives, while OSA worked in areas that included producer education and policy development.  Because checkoff dollars [...]

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Phosphorus in Lake Erie will likely mean changes for ag

By Matt Reese Ohio is unbelievably fortunate to have Lake Erie, the richest, most productive and most biologically diverse of the Great Lakes. “Lake Erie is one of the most important lakes in the world,” said Jeff Reutter, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie. “Lake Erie produces more fish for [...]

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Do higher corn populations need more N?

By Robert Mullen and Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension We wrote an article discussing this issue last May, but we thought we would provide an update based upon information from the previous cropping season. As producers consider (or continue) pushing higher seeding rates for corn, the question often asked is, “Do I need to [...]

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