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Preparing for a successful growing season

The 2018 growing season is fast approaching and with it another year of challenges. Spring management and field work set the stage for the entire growing season, playing a big role in determining yield potential of crops. Although environmental factors are out of their control, there are several management practices …

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Tariff threats from China frustrating agriculture

Across the nation those involved in agriculture are expressing frustration (to put it mildly, in some cases) about the escalation of a trade dispute that has resulted in China’s announcement of a proposed 25% tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. It does not take many guesses to figure out the topic …

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Miami East names Laycox member of the month

The April 2018 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Tyler Laycox. He is the son of David and Stephanie Laycox of Troy and Kelli Ordway of Dayton. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Tyler has participated in a variety of …

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The mystery of the Ohio FFA jacket in Italy

There are many diverse paths that lead Ohio FFA members to the organization and even more paths that will take them far beyond their FFA years. The one thing they will all have in common, forever, is the pride of donning that signature blue corduroy jacket. As we get ready …

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The wealth and charm of a farm pond

Thousands of farm ponds dot the Ohio landscape, serving several important uses for farmers and property owners alike. Farm ponds certainly fulfill utilitarian purposes such as for flood and erosion control measures and serving as a water supply for livestock; they can also have great recreational and aesthetic value and …

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Addressing the conundrum of planting into cover crops

Though the acreage of cover crops in Ohio has expanded dramatically in recent years due to their wide array of benefits, cover crop management presents annual conundrums about spring planting. Should the cover crop be terminated prior to planting corn and soybeans or after? The standard answer for pretty much …

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