Ohio Field Leader

Dynamic Green Products

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA & Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off

The names Craftsman ®, Stanley Black and Decker ®, MAC Tools, and DeWalt ® all have immediate recognition. Dynamic Green Products may not automatically be the next name you think of when listing makers of great outdoor and mechanical products. But Dynamic Green Products is working in concert with those recognizable names to put more soybeans to use in our everyday lives.

Scott Porter is the Founder and CEO of Dynamic Green Products, which is a bio-based lubricant manufacturer. “We make bio-based lubricants that will replace petroleum alternatives. They work better, are compatible and are 100% independently tested,” said Porter. “Our products are based wholly or a majority of soy. The main markets we are focusing on with our partnerships are outdoor equipment such as lawn mowers, weed whippers, mobile hydraulics and professional power tools.”… Continue reading

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Behind the scenes of the USB

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA & Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off

This past week the United Soybean Board (USB) had their July board meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. They began with a strategic leadership pathway meeting, followed by the USB workgroups finalizing their portfolio investments for FY25. “It was interesting to hear some of the discussions and see where the priorities are,” said Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Farmer and Chairman of the United Soybean Board. “This is a year that we know there will be a decline in revenue as funds for soybean check-off programs follow the price of soybeans themselves. We are having strategic discussions to decide what investments to make in an effort to increase the ROI back to the soybean farmers who contribute to that check-off.”

We had an update from four researchers about projects that were funded in the past. Those projects included research in test weight, drought tolerance for soybeans, flood tolerance and heat tolerance.… Continue reading

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Maumee River nutrient loading

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA & Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off

The Maumee River Watershed is the largest watershed feeding into the western basin of Lake Erie. Dr. Laura Johnson of Heidelberg University and the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg recently shared that while the amount of land contained in the Maumee River watershed is large, the Maumee River itself only contributes around 5% of the water flowing into the western basin, but nearly half of the total phosphorus. Heidelberg has a tributary loading program that includes the largest tributaries to Lake Erie. Started in 1975, the program’s goal is to quantify the loads of nutrients and sediments from watersheds that enter other aquatic ecosystems. It monitors 16 locations along rivers that feed into Lake Erie.

The total phosphorus (TP) measured is the combination of the Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP) and Total Particulate Phosphorus (TPP).… Continue reading

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Syngenta rolls out upgraded resource for crop protection and disease scouting

Syngenta announced that its newest online resource for all things disease management and planning is now available on www.BoostYourBushels.com. This latest website update will enable users to discover a variety of https://boostyourbushels.com/tools that can help them make the most educated decisions for improving the overall health of their corn, soybean and wheat crops.

One of the newest additions is the disease ID guide. Users can browse this guide to not only identify the diseases present in their fields but to also understand which may be prevalent in their region. The guide provides information that discusses the signs, symptoms and potential solutions for diseases to help with scouting and management.

“It really is a one-stop spot for everything growers may need to learn about a disease and their fungicide applications for the year,” said Logan Romines, Syngenta fungicide product lead. “They can see what diseases are of concern in their area, as well as the identifying factors of those diseases.… Continue reading

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Dicamba Cutoff Reminder

By Alyssa Essman, OSU State Specialist, Weed Science, adapted from C.O.R.N. 2024-20

The date has now passed for dicamba products registered to be used over the top in emerged soybeans, even though some soybeans were just replanted in the last few weeks, and double crop soybeans are going in the ground. There has been much uncertainty regarding the use of dicamba for the 2024 growing season and beyond as a result of the vacated dicamba registration in February and the EPA’s existing stocks order for dicamba use in 2024 that soon followed. (On February 6th, 2024 the 2020 registrations for the three dicamba products labeled for over-the-top applications in soybean (Xtendimax, Bayer; Engenia, BASF; and Tavium, Syngenta) were vacated by a federal court in Arizona.) The EPA’s order allowed for existing stocks of dicamba products (Engenia, Tavium, and XtendiMax) purchased for use in dicamba-tolerant (DT) soybeans to be sold and distributed through May and to be applied through June.… Continue reading

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Generations of success at Shady Lawn Farms since 1906

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean check-off

Just outside of Columbus Grove is a beautiful farmstead known as Shady Lawn Farms that has been stewarded by the McKanna family since 1906. Joseph McKanna purchased the farm that was put together by a developer and moved his family east from Paulding County 118 years ago. The multi-generational farm is now being tended by the third, fourth, and fifth generation, with the 6th generation waiting in the wings.

Jeff McKanna and his nephew Robert Gray operate Shady Lawn Farms, which raises corn, soybeans, wheat, and also rents some acres out to a neighbor for tomato production. The Putnam County farm was originally purchased by Joseph McKanna. Joseph’s youngest son Robert McKanna then took over the diversified operation of crops and livestock. (Robert Joseph Gray, 5th generation, is named after the first two patriarchs.)… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Episode 46, Shady Lawn Farms

In the July episode of the Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Dusty visits with Jeff McKanna and Robert Gray about the history of Shady Lawn Farms and the multiple generations involved today. They discuss the adoption of new technology on the farm and the financial side of growing an operation. The work of the Ohio Soybean Council is also multigenerational at Shady Lawn Farms, as both Lyle McKanna and Jeff McKanna have served on the commodity organization’s board of directors.… Continue reading

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SCN Profit Checker

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean check-off

There is a new tool available to soybean farmers, free of charge, to evaluate the profitability of soybean production in the presence of Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN). Developed by the SCN coalition, the SCN Profit Checker can be found at: https://www.thescncoalition.com/profitchecker/calculator/

Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora, OSU Extension Soybean Pathologist and Nematologist, explained the tool and the information needed to input for an individual field calculation. “To start, the tool asks for a farmer to input how much SCN is in the field. This is provided by the lab that analyzes your soil sample. It should be represented in the unit of number of SCN eggs per 100cc of soil,” said Lopez-Nicora. “The second information requested is a female index on PI 88788.”

“The female index on PI 88788 is basically a number that represents the amount that specific population of SCN can reproduce on soybeans with the PI 88788 resistance gene,” said Lopez-Nicora.… Continue reading

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Do You Have Soybean Cyst Nematode?

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Soybean Lead/Field Agronomist, Seed Consultants, Inc.

Typically, soybeans may begin to show symptoms of Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) damage by July 1st. SCN is a parasitic roundworm that feeds on the soybean root system. The cyst stage of the nematode’s life cycle is when the female nematode is filled with eggs. Cysts are visible throughout the summer on soybean roots and will appear as small, white, and lemon-shaped. After the female matures, these cysts are hard to see. When trying to identify SCN presence on soybean roots, it is important not to confuse cysts with Rhizobium nodules (where N fixation takes place).

How can you determine if SCN is causing damage and yield loss to your soybeans? Injury symptoms include yellowing and stunting of plants. These symptoms may appear in patches of a field. These patches may grow from year to year; especially in the direction a field is tilled.… Continue reading

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Fascinating Facts About Soybean Cyst Nematode

By Pamela Smith, DTN Crops Technology Editor, Copyright DTN, LLC. Used by permission.

When it comes to soybean adversaries, there is no threat bigger than soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The cheeky interloper hitchhikes into fields and steals yield — all while unscrupulously multiplying and without giving an aboveground sign of its freeloading ways.

Those of us who follow agronomy topics write about SCN regularly. I can safely say that I have devoted more words to this pest than any other. Still, it remains stubbornly persistent and underestimated as a pest.

Last fall DTN decided to double down on our coverage. We asked two farmers to soil sample a field for SCN and share their results as part of a project sponsored by The SCN Coalition, a public/private/checkoff partnership formed to encourage growers to actively manage this pest, which is estimated to cost farmers $1.5 billion annually.

For the last few days, you’ve been reading about all about that and more about SCN as part of a series called: Stomp on SCN Yield Losses.… Continue reading

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BASF unveils Nemasphere nematode resistance trait, the new standard of nematode management for soybean farmers

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, June 10, 2024 – BASF Agricultural Solutions has introduced Nemasphere™ nematode resistance trait, the most groundbreaking innovation in soybean cyst nematode (SCN) management in over 60 years. Nemasphere is the first and only biotechnology trait for SCN, the number one yield-robbing pest in soybeans in the United States. Harnessing a completely novel mode of action, Nemasphere will be stacked with the Enlist E3® technology and available in a full range of the top-performing and best-yielding soybean seed varieties, allowing farmers unmatched SCN resistance without compromising yield potential. 

Nematodes are the leading cause of soybean yield loss in the United States, costing growers an estimated $1.5 billion in yield annually.[1] Compounding the problem, the effectiveness of native SCN traits is declining significantly. To combat this problem, Nemasphere produces a novel Cry14 protein that is ingested by nematodes, interfering with nutrient uptake in their intestines and leading to the nematodes’ death.… Continue reading

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First-of-Its-Kind Research Identifies $400 Million in Unrealized Soybean Value

By the United Soybean Board, The Soy Hopper

In some instances, two heads are better than one. For a new multi-regional research effort, five organizations put their heads together to achieve full genetic yield potential of the soybean. A new partnership, the first of its kind in more than 40 years, aims to increase soybean flower and pod retention. This unrealized value could bring $50 per acre or $400 million in economic return for U.S. soybean farmers.

The collaborative focus will test how heat and drought impact flower bud retention. Flower production dictates the final pod number and, ultimately, yield in soybeans. The Atlantic Soybean Council, Mid-South Soybean Board, North Central Soybean Research Program, Southern Soybean Research Program and United Soybean Board all agree this is a priority issue impacting the entire industry.

“Farmer-leaders across the major soybean regions came together and asked: ‘What roadblocks do we face, and how can we combine research dollars to make the most impact?’”… Continue reading

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Slug Management Considerations and Statewide Monitoring Update

By Dr. Kelley Tilmon, adapted from C.O.R.N. 2024-18

We have been receiving more reports this season than usual of slug damage in corn and soybeans, either through plant feeding or through seed feeding in open seed trenches.  Emerging corn plants are less susceptible to lasting damage than soybean plants because the growing point of corn is below the ground when the plant emerges, so the corn will continue to put out new leaves, even if defoliated.  In soybean, the growing point is within the emerging cotyledons – feeding here can damage the growing point, killing the plant.  On the other hand, soybeans can tolerate more stand loss than corn without losing yield, because the existing plants bush out and become larger, up to a point.  For advice on soybean replant decisions, visit https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/14-2021/soybean-stand-evaluation-and-re-plant-decisions

Not many treatment options are available for slugs in corn and soybean.  The most effective treatment to date is baited pellets containing metaldehyde. … Continue reading

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Stewarding soybeans, livestock, and neighborly relations on the edge of suburbia

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off

Perrysburg Ohio, with a population of over 25,000 is on the southeast edge of Toledo and is a booming community. The city’s water towers, new housing developments and warehouses are within eye shot of Eckel Grain Farm and Cattle Company. The Eckel family has been farming in northern Wood County for six generations. Nathan, Nick, and Nolan Eckel, along with the help of their grandfather, have been farming fertile lakebed soils since the boys’ father passed away in 2010.

The Eckels grow approximately 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and some hay, as well as have a feedlot for Holstein steers. Their operation stretches 20 miles (10 miles either way from the base of operations) with new housing developments and suburban expansion mixed throughout. One of the challenges they experience with urban sprawl is the traffic congestion and taking large equipment down narrow roads to travel from one field to another.… Continue reading

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A talk with Chris Winslow about what Stone Lab and the Ohio Sea Grant are doing for farmers

Ohio Field Leader’s Dusty Sonnenberg gets a behind-the-scenes look at the research going on at Ohio State University’s Stone Lab with Director Chris Winslow. They discuss the work being done by the Ohio Sea Grant to help inform farm practices and decisions through the H2Ohio program.

Ohio Field Leader is brought to you by Ohio soybean farmers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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Statewide Slug Monitoring Project

Adapted from C.O.R.N. 2024-17 by Dr. Kelley Tilmon

As we move into June, we continue to receive reports of slug damage on soybeans across Ohio. Slugs are more likely to be found in no-till fields where cover crops are grown. Slugs feed directly on the soybean, causing both seed and foliar damage that can result in complete loss of the plant. Because slugs are nocturnal, when you scout your fields, slugs may not be present; however, you may see signs of slug feeding such as holes in the cotyledon or slime trails. You are more likely to find slugs actively present in your field if you scout early in the morning or on cloudy/rainy days.

Soybean fields that were planted within the last 2 weeks into no-till fields should be scouted for slug damage. Slugs can cause significant damage to young soybean plants at the VE stage compared to older plants that can outgrow the damage.… Continue reading

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Weather trends and pest and disease impacts on soybeans

Adapted from C.O.R.N. 2024-16 by Dr. Aaron Wilson, OSU Extension Ag Weather and Climate Field Specialist

Please join Drs. Maggie Lewis, Horacio Lopez-Nicora, and Aaron Wilson on a webinar titled Weather Trends and Pest and Disease Impacts on Soybeans on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, from 8:30-10:00 am ET. We will update the latest climate trends pertinent to soybean-related pests and diseases, including increasing winter temperatures and extreme weather. We will investigate how abiotic stressors linked to global climate change impact insect pests, from changes in population growth rates to geographic range and phenology. We will analyze the impact of weather patterns on the occurrence of diseases as well, including sudden death syndrome, frog eye leaf spot, white mold, and seedling rot caused by water molds (Phytophthora and Pythium). We will discuss effective management techniques for these stressors and offer innovative strategies to help ensure sustainable soybean production. Please register for this webinar at https://go.osu.edu/soy_climate24Continue reading

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Cover Crop Issues

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

A week of good weather has helped most farmers get crops planted.  However, there are issues dealing with fast-growing cover crops (e.g. cereal rye).  Due to a warm winter and spring, most crops including wheat are 2-3 weeks ahead in maturity.  Fall planted crops are all headed out and getting tall.  How viable is the seed and how do you manage those situations?

On seed viability, cereal rye seed is viable 30 days after heading and flowering.  Some cereal rye has been headed out for 2 weeks, so it is time to get it terminated.  Some rye is 4 to 6 feet tall, so shading is becoming another issue to consider.  Balansa clover seed can remain viable in the soil for 3 years and reseed itself. Balansa and Crimson clover seed is viable 30 days after blooming.  Hairy vetch seed can remain viable for 5 years in the soil (hard seed) and starts to mature around July 10, which may be July 1st this year. … Continue reading

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OFL Roadshow – Nathan and Nolan Eckel, Wood County

Ohio Field Leader Dusty Sonnenberg takes the Roadshow to Wood County to the diversified grain and livestock operation at Eckel Farms. In this video, we hear from Nathan and Nolan Eckel about their operation, innovations, and changing farming practices as suburban sprawl nears their place of work.

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