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Western bean cutworm egg masses and larvae found in Ohio

For the first time since the trapping of Western bean cutworm moths in corn began in 2006, Ohio State University Extension entomologists have identified egg masses and larvae. The find reveals that populations continue to increase and that growers will really need to monitor the pest in the future. “The infestation of egg masses and [...]

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Bee-ware of scams and vandals

By Barbara Bloetscher, State Apiarist, Ohio Department of Agriculture Several incidents of vandalism and scams have been reported the last two months.  A group (most likely PETA) poured kerosene in some live hives and left a sign stating that they had “freed the bees of human domination.”  Of course beekeepers know that the group just [...]

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Ohio Volunteer Farmer-Leader Appointed to the United Soybean Board

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed 9 new farmer-leaders to the United Soybean Board (USB) in February, including John Motter of Jenera, Ohio. Motter grows soybeans, wheat and corn. “The United Soybean Board has a history of developing many new products that increase the profitability of soybeans,” said Motter. “I want to do my [...]

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Western Bean Cutworm Egg Masses and Larvae Found in Ohio

  For the first time since the trapping of Western bean cutworm moths in corn began in 2006, Ohio State University Extension entomologists have identified egg masses and larvae. The find reveals that populations continue to increase and that growers will really need to monitor the pest in the future. “The infestation of egg masses [...]

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Do warm nights lead to lower yields?

By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist High night temperatures (in the 70s or 80s) can result in wasteful respiration and a lower net amount of dry matter accumulation in plants. The rate of respiration of plants increases rapidly as the temperature increases, approximately doubling for each 13 degree increase. With high night [...]

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Corn earworm could be a concern in 2010

Moth trap reports indicate an early start to the corn earworm (CEW) infestation window across the Corn Belt this growing season. In early July, CEW had already been identified in the south, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The trend could lead to significant corn earworm activity in the Midwest later in the growing season. Moth [...]

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White mold could be a problem again in 2010

By Matt Reese Chances are looking all too good for another bout with white mold this year in Ohio soybeans. Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist, said once the white mold producing material (Sclerotinia) is in a field, it will be there. “Sclerotinia white mold, also known as Sclerotinia stem rot has a very interesting [...]

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Corn Futures Climb on Wheat, Technical Buying

Dow Jones Newswires U.S. corn futures climbed on Wednesday on support from a surging wheat market and technical short covering, traders and analysts said. September corn ended up 5 3/4 cents to $3.79 3/4 a bushel, and December corn closed up 6 cents to $3.93 1/2. Despite the gains, the September contract is down 3.8% [...]

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Soybean Management Decisions Depend on Growth Stage

Heavy spring and summer rainfall made for a sporadic soybean planting season. The crop ranges in development from just planted to flowering and podding, and it is important for farmers to be able to identify those growth stages before making management decisions. “Soybean management is based on growth stage of the plant, time of year [...]

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