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Zehringer moving to ODNR

Rumors have been floating around for a while now. Though there still has been no formal announcement regarding this issue, it seems fairly certain that Ohio Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer will be vacating his post at the request of Governor Kasich to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of …

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November USDA report offers few surprises

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile USDA released their November production estimate for corn and soybeans on Nov. 9. They also published ending stocks as well as supply and demand tables.  USDA put the U.S. corn production at 12.31 billion bushels with a yield of 147.7 bushels per acre. Both numbers …

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How late is too late to plant wheat?

By Matt Reese In the soggy battle with wet weather this fall, Jake Culler in Ashland County (a featured farmer in Between the Rows) said they did not start planting most of their wheat until Nov. 4. Although it is well past the recommended time for planting wheat, the Cullers …

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Lodged corn slowing harvest

This lodged Fairfield County corn is slowing things down in an already long harvest. The worst lodging in the fields is around the perimeter where the refuge was planted. Despite the lodging, yields are ranging from the 170s on up to around 220 bushels. Volunteer corn is a concern for …

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Dairy producers considering distillers grains

Dairy producers looking for a high-quality heifer feed that often costs less than traditional corn and soybean feed grains should consider distillers grains, said a Purdue Extension dairy nutrition specialist. Distillers grains, a co-product of ethanol production, are high in both protein and energy. Although distillers grains have typically been …

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Between the Rows November 7, 2011

“Soybean harvest is winding down but corn harvest is just starting around here. We just finished up with the soybeans last night. We’re thinking of maybe shelling the May corn, but there is only about 100 acres of that. The ground conditions have not been conducive for harvest. There have …

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Hybrid comparison considerations

By Dave Nanda, director of genetics and technology for Seed Consultants, Inc. As you harvest corn this fall, it is important to assess the performance of the hybrids in the field, but there are some important considerations to remember. We can’t compare the performance of hybrids of different relative maturities, …

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Brown marmorated stink bug could be Ohio's next pest

As if there were not enough challenges to face in Ohio agricultural production, a new one may be on the eastern horizon. “The brown marmorated stink bug has been expanding westward from the east. This was first found in Pennsylvania about 10 years ago and has been expanding westward across …

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Brown marmorated stink bug could be Ohio’s next pest

As if there were not enough challenges to face in Ohio agricultural production, a new one may be on the eastern horizon. “The brown marmorated stink bug has been expanding westward from the east. This was first found in Pennsylvania about 10 years ago and has been expanding westward across …

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The mathematics (and economics) of soybean shrink

By Matt Reese This wet soybean harvest has been challenging and has renewed concerns of farmers concerning the shrink charge that is fodder for regular coffee shop conversations. “The quality has been very good this year with big, healthy beans. Guys have been taking beans off a little wetter, but …

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