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Ponding and corn

By Peter Thomison and Alexander Lindsey, Ohio State University Extension Persistent rains during the past two weeks have resulted in ponding and saturated soils in many Ohio corn fields and led to questions concerning what impact these conditions will have on corn performance. The extent to which ponding injures corn …

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Soil is more valuable than gold

In terms of civilization, it is more valuable than gold. The soil is the foundation for food and stability required for organized, structured society. Without good, productive soils, everything else starts to erode away. The loss of productive soil is a sad tale that shows up over and over throughout …

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A look at soil health in the farm bill

Bill Richards has been concerned with the health of his soil for a long time. For more than 40 years, Richards and his family have used no-till to reduce costs and limit soil and nutrient runoff on their Pickaway County farm. Richards has also spent countless hours educating his fellow …

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Interpreting a soil test report

Soil test reports vary from laboratory to laboratory, but they all report key results of pH, lime test index (LTI) or buffer pH, phosphorous, and potassium. These results are used to develop fertilizer recommendations. Other useful measures on the report, such as cation exchange capacity (CEC), organic matter, and base …

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Where’s the Earth Day fanfare for farmers?

Each year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. According to earthday.org: “The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon …

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Beware of planting into cool soils

Soil temperatures from around the state are highly variable still on the cool side.  From the weather stations at the branches, these are the soil temperatures at 2.5 inches, from April 20 were: county research branch temperature (f) Jackson Jackson  51.1 Noble Eastern 51.8 Piketon Piketon 49.3 Clark Western 50.6 …

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