Crops

Task force nearing completion on new corn, wheat organization

By Ohio Corn Growers Association and Ohio Wheat Growers Association Executive Director Dwayne Siekman Over six years ago, the Ohio Wheat Growers Association (OWGA) entered into a formal relationship with the Ohio Corn Growers Association (OCGA). The relationship began with shared staff, but grew over the years, with joint membership meetings, legislative visits, public campaigns, [...]

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Russia Bans Grain Exports, Markets Soar

By Dow Jones Newswires The death toll from Russia’s forest and peat fires hit 50 Thursday, as government efforts failed to stop the blazes from spreading. Continued scorching temperatures have also extended the damage caused by Russia’s worst drought in a decade, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for a ban on grain exports and [...]

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NCGA disappointed, but hopeful on Senate energy legislation

National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Bart Schott released the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s announcement that the Senate will not consider energy legislation before the Senate adjourns this week for its August recess: “NCGA is disappointed that the Senate will not consider an energy package until at least September.  However, [...]

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Crop progress report

The National Agricultural Statistics Service released its crop progress report for the week ending on Aug. 1. Nationally corn is 7% dented (2% ahead of average), and 31% is in the dough stage, which is 7% ahead of average. Soybeans are 86% blooming, up 12% on the average and 53% are setting pods, which is [...]

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More Wheat Varieties Resistant to Head Scab Now Available

As wheat growers prepare to plant their crop this fall, they are encouraged to choose varieties that are resistant to head scab. Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist, said that more varieties are available with good head scab resistance and high yield potential. “In the past, there were very few Ohio-grown winter [...]

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Ohio Department of Agriculture Announces Farm Pesticide Disposal Collection

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a collection for farmers to dispose of pesticides on Aug. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, 14134 Fairground Road, County Road 40, Kenton, Ohio. The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, [...]

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Wet weather causes problems with hay harvest

Rainfall and high humidity this summer have made it hard for farmers to harvest hay, said a Purdue Extension forage specialist. “Some farmers got their hay mowed, but then they lost yield and quality when it rained,” Keith Johnson said. “Others did not get it cut in timely fashion, so the quality of their hay [...]

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Curious kernels in corn

By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension In the July 23, 2010 issue of the Illinois Pest Management Bulletin, Dr. Emerson Nafziger describes an unusual phenomenon “in which corn kernels seem to start to develop after pollination but are empty of content.” Affected kernels appeared to contain only clear liquid with perhaps a small amount [...]

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Apply Lessons Learned in 2010 to Next Season’s Wheat Crop

If the 2010 growing season was any indication, disease management needs to be one of the top things on growers’ lists if they are going to have a great wheat crop, says an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist. “We had everything this year – head scab and vomitoxin, Stagonospora leaf and glume blotch, powdery [...]

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Apply Lessons Learned in 2010 to Next Season's Wheat Crop

If the 2010 growing season was any indication, disease management needs to be one of the top things on growers’ lists if they are going to have a great wheat crop, says an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist. “We had everything this year – head scab and vomitoxin, Stagonospora leaf and glume blotch, powdery [...]

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