Crops

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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Can the corn factory run too fast?

By John Brien, CCA, AgriGold regional agronomist From planting until pollination a corn grower is concerned about building their corn factory. The corn factories foundation is corn roots, the stalks are the walls and the leaves are the machines that run the entire factory. The goal is to build the best, most efficient factory possible [...]

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Insect Observations for Late July

By Ron Hammond, Andy Michel, Bruce Eisley Currently, we are not receiving many reports of insect problems in field crops in Ohio.   People are reporting finding soybean aphids, but only at a few aphids per plant at most.  Remember that the threshold is 250 aphids per plant with a rising population (it takes 700-800 per plant [...]

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Gray leaf spot plaguing corn

By Denny Wickham, Pioneer agronomist The warm, humid July weather proved to be conducive to the development of leaf diseases in corn, especially gray leaf spot (GLS). While this disease is not new (it was first noted in Illinois in 1924), increased use of no-till and reduced tillage corn production practices have likely led to [...]

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