Syngenta receives Japanese and Mexican import approvals for corn trait stack

Syngenta in North America announced that it has received import approval from Japanese and Mexican regulatory authorities for the Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack, which offers corn growers dual modes of action against a broad-spectrum of above-ground (lepidopteran) insects including corn borer and a 5% refuge in the Corn Belt region of the United States. These regulatory approvals allow the importation of U.S. corn grown with the Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack for food or feed use within Japan and Mexico.

“Japanese and Mexican import approvals provide U.S. growers access to a highly valuable market and is a major step toward Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack commercialization for the 2012 growing season,” said David Morgan, Syngenta region director of North America and president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. “Soon growers will be able to reap the benefits of record commodity prices, achieving higher yield potential with an unprecedented level of corn pest control and reduced refuge requirements.”… Continue reading

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SCI welcomes a new area seedsman

Seed Consultants, Inc., is pleased to announce that Lance Weaver has been named an area seedsman. In his new position Lance will cover Coshocton, Holmes, Knox, Muskingum, Morrow, Marion and Tuscarawas counties in Ohio.

Raised near Coshocton, Oh., Lance has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business administration from Franklin University in Columbus, and recently completed the Certified Crop Advisor training. Lance has been a part of the Seed Consultants team since 2008.

“My career goal was to be in the seed business,” Lance said. “I’m looking forward to taking care of the customer.”

“Lance has a passion for serving farmers and is dedicated to meeting their needs. We’re
looking forward to him serving this area,” said Chris Jeffries, general manager at SCI.
Lance can be reached on his mobile phone at (740) 502-6622 or by e-mail at… Continue reading

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Western bean cutworm risk in Northern Ohio

By Brian Essinger, Monsanto
The latest forecast for Western Bean Cutworm is moderate to high risk for northern Ohio. I recommend scouting acres that are not Genuity SmartStax traited corn.
The eggs are laid on the corn leaves, will start out in clumps of 15-50 white/pink eggs and as they mature they turn brown and then purple right before they hatch.
High Insect Risk
Insect migration probability in your area requires your immediate action. Please review the data below to assess your risk for insect damage and determine next steps.
For daily insect migration reports, information about past migratory insect conditions, insect pressure trends and related research, please visit

ACTION: Immediately scout all fields currently at a stage susceptible to insect damage.

RISK: Over 50% probability of experiencing an insect flight resulting in increased trap counts and presence of new moths.

ISSUED WHEN: An optimal weather pattern exists (strong south/southwest winds and expected precipitation).… Continue reading

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Pollinating under adverse conditions

By John Brien, AgriGold Agronomist, CCA

About a third of Ohio’s corn crop is tasseled and more is tasseling every day, the temperatures and humidity continue to be high and the forecast continues to predict heat. How will all these factors affect pollination out in the corn field?

Ideal pollination conditions consist of moderate temperatures with low humidity with ample soil moisture; unfortunately some parts of the state only have ample soil moisture. So if conditions are not ideal how does a corn plant ensure the best pollination possible? To ensure a successful pollination the corn plant has many built in safety measures.

The first safety measure surrounds pollen release. A tassel will not begin releasing pollen until the entire tassel is emerged from the plant. Pollen will also not be released when conditions could be detrimental to the pollen grain. Typically pollen is released once the dew is off the corn plant in the morning and prior to the heat of the day and again in the evening as the temperatures decrease, ensuring pollen viability.… Continue reading

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OSU wheat trials

The purpose of the Ohio Wheat Performance Test is to evaluate wheat varieties, blends, brands, and breeding lines for yield, grain quality and other important performance characteristics. This information gives wheat producers comparative information for selecting the varieties best suited for their production system and market. Varieties differ in yield potential, winter hardiness, maturity, standability, disease and insect resistance, and other agronomic characteristics. Depending on variety and test site, yields varied between 53.1 and 107.4 bushels per acre, and test weight ranged from 54.7 to 63.3 pounds per bushel. Selection should be based on performance from multiple test sites and years. Results of the 2011 wheat performance evaluation are available at: and and the Mid-August issue of Ohio’s Country Journal.… Continue reading

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Heat and corn

By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist

The recent heat wave has generated many questions about the impact of high temperatures on corn yields. The “good news” is that corn originated as a tropical grass and can tolerate exposures to adverse temperatures as high as 112 degrees F for brief periods. Optimal daytime temperatures for corn typically range between 77 degrees and 91 degrees. Growth decreases when temperatures exceed 95 degrees. Fortunately, the high temperatures during the past week have been associated with some much needed rains across the state.

How high is too high for corn? Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois agronomist, notes that “afternoon temperatures in the mid-90s are not a problem for corn… if they have enough soil water available. In experiments, plant temperatures have been raised to 110 or higher without doing direct damage to photosynthetic capacity. The level required to damage leaves depends on the temperature the leaf has experienced before, but it generally takes temperatures above 100 in field-grown plants.”… Continue reading

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Sustainable Farm Tour Series continues

The 2011 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues on Aug. 17 with a look at organic soybeans. New research on pest control is the focus, including the effects of planting date and the benefits of no-till rotations of rye and soybeans.

It’s at the John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Site at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, near Bowling Green. Hours are noon-3 p.m. Admission is free, lunch is included, and no pre-registration is needed.

For more information, contact Alan Sundermeier of Ohio State University Extension, 419-354-9050,

Six organizations, including Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team, are presenting the Farm Tour series.

Get complete details and a list of all 36 tours at reading

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Food product development contest winners announced by CIFT

Northwest Ohio is rich with signature products developed locally, and some even enjoy being recognized regionally and nationally. The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) sponsored the fourth annual Food Product Development Contest, which showcases many new local products ready to take that next step – actual product development.

Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada, and CIFT President and CEO David Beck, announced today at the CIFT office three winners selected in recognition of their product concepts:

• White Balsamic Dressing by Moussa Salloukh (Toledo, Ohio) – A sweet, light, yet crisp white balsamic dressing with a unique taste that covers and holds to lettuce without overbearing the salad. Created in the relaxed atmosphere of the Toledo, Ohio-based restaurant, La Scola Italian Grill, the dressing also serves as an excellent marinade on poultry and pork.

• Barista Bites by Darlene White (Grand Rapids, Ohio) – This scone and biscotti crossover has the softness of a scone on the inside with the shape and firmness of biscotti on the outside.… Continue reading

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The Ohio Crop Progress Report – August 1st


The average temperature for the State was 78.9 degrees, 6.4 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, July 31, 2011. Precipitation averaged 0.66 inches, 0.16 inches below normal. There were 192 modified growing degree days, 37 days above normal.

Reporters rated 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, July 29, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 25 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.


There was still extreme heat in Ohio last week; however, rain helped reduce the stress on crops and livestock. Field activities for the week included baling straw and hay, spraying herbicide, tilling wheat stubble and installing tile.

As of Sunday July 31st, 58 percent of corn was silked (tasseled), compared to 94 percent last year and 86 percent for the five-year average. Corn in dough was 5 percent.… Continue reading

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Orange County Choppers and orphans

Helping others is a passion for the Beck family and family of employees. In celebration of our 75th anniversary, Beck’s Hybrids commissioned Orange County Choppers to build two custom choppers. One of the choppers will be featured on the popular Discovery Channel TV show, American Chopper.

The choppers will be used to raise money for the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund. We Care for Orphans helps unite orphaned children with loving families. For a chance to win, Ohioans can visit Beck’s at the Farm Science Review or other events, including Becknology Days on Aug. 25-27 and Commodity Classic on March 1-3.… Continue reading

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When should fungicides be applied to corn?

By Dave Nanda, 
Director of Genetics and Technology 
for Seed Consultants, Inc.


Farmers have to make many decisions for raising profitable crops. You can make most decisions based on your own knowledge and experience. But for some decisions you need help of unbiased soil and crop agronomists, plant pathologists, and entomologists. Try to contact an Extension educator or a crops consultant who you can trust when you cannot make those decisions yourself. They might cost you a little initially, but if they are knowledgeable and worth their salt, they can save or make you a ton of money!

If deciding when to spray chemicals, it would be great if you had your own sprayer and could spray fungicides and insecticides yourself when you need. However, if you have to get it done by the custom applicators, they have limited time and equipment to cover all the acres contracted in their area.… Continue reading

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FMC field day showcased results

FMC Corporation recently hosted a successful week of summer plot tours, highlighting in-field results from Anthem, Anthem ATZ, Authorityand Cadet herbicides as well as Hero and Capture LFR insecticides. Over 350 retailers, distributors and FMC team members attended the FMC plot tour events, which were scheduled from July 11-15 along the corn and soybean belt. Plots were hosted in Urbana, Ill.; Noblesville, Ind.; Ames, Iowa; York, Neb.; Tipp City, Ohio; and Beresford, S.D. FMC field researchers and technical representatives led the plot tours and presented product results along with trial data to date.

“Test plots hosted in various soil types and geographical areas allow FMC to gather additional research data, examine the efficacy and further develop our crop protection products,” said Bob Hooten, technical support manager for FMC Agricultural Products. “These plot tours are invaluable as they allow retailers to see firsthand the superior performance of what FMC has to offer, share results and discuss crop protection benefits and best practices.”… Continue reading

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Is your corn braced for winds?

By Ryan McAllister, CCA, Team Sales Agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids

This picture was taken on Friday, July 22nd. Believe it or not, by Monday, July 25, 2011 this corn field is all standing upright…goosenecked, but standing up. If someone saw this field today, like I did, they would never believe that it looked like this on Friday.

What is causing this corn to go down?

1.       We never really achieved “ideal” planting conditions. Therefore, in-furrow compaction was a concern. For May planted corn, its early life was full of water, which did not encourage downward root development. For June planted corn, the scenario was a bit different. Many June planted fields received below normal or normal amounts of rain shortly after planting and then turned off bone dry until recently.

2.       June planted fields were more at risk for downed corn than the May planted fields.

3.       June planted fields had decent, but not great, root systems below ground.… Continue reading

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Ohio Crop Progress Report – July 25th, 2011





The average temperature for the State was 82.3 degrees, 8.3 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, July 24, 2011. Precipitation averaged 2.00 inches, 0.99 inches above normal. There were 1,891 modified growing degree days, 191 days above normal. Reporters rated 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, July 22, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 15 percent very short, 29 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.




A prolonged heat wave engulfed the state and broke records in some places. The heat caused extreme stress on livestock, including a number of reported deaths. Field activities for the week included baling straw and hay, spraying herbicide, tilling wheat stubble and installing tile.


As of Sunday July 24th, 30 percent of corn was silked (tasseled), compared to 90 percent last year and 69 percent for the five year average.… Continue reading

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EPA approves new Syngenta corn trait stack featuring dual modes of action

Syngenta in North America announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted registration approval for the Agrisure3122 trait stack. The Agrisure3122 stack offers growers dual modes of action against both corn borer and corn rootworm with a structured refuge of only five percent in the Corn Belt region of the United States.

“With this approval, Syngenta now offers growers a reduced-refuge trait stack featuring dual modes of action for both corn rootworm and corn borer,” said David Morgan, Syngenta region director of North America and president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. “Not only do growers enjoy greater productivity through reduced refuge, they can also help safeguard trait technology and efficacy into the future.”

The Agrisure 3122 trait stack includes the trusted Agrisure CB/LL trait, which has been helping to protect corn from European corn borer for more than 10 years; the Agrisure RW trait, which protects against corn rootworm; the HerculexI trait for corn borer;  the HerculexRW trait for corn rootworm; and the Agrisure GT trait for glyphosate tolerance.… Continue reading

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Importance of Scouting Corn in 2011

By Bill Mullen, Director of Agronomic Services, Seed Consultants Inc.

I never imagined corn planting throughout Ohio and Indiana would start around the end of May and finish up by mid June. Saturated soils kept many from ideal planting situations. In past years, farmers were able to work with four to five inches of good dry soil to plant into. In 2011 we were fortunate to have two to three inches, at best. Below this planting depth, there was nothing but mud. With the warmer temperatures, corn seed pushed through the ground fast and the growth process started. Fields look good from the road, as they always do, however there are issues out there that still need to be addressed. Walking corn fields will show the true condition and identify possible issues that could delay crop harvest.

The first issue affecting our corn crop today is the early development of the root system especially in those areas of the field where the plant roots were impacted by shallow compaction.… Continue reading

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Propane pricing for fall grain drying could be a tricky call

By: Kyle Sharp

With most of Ohio’s corn crop planted weeks later than normal because of the unusually wet spring, fears of an equally late harvest already have many farmers looking ahead to potential propane needs for grain drying this fall.

But a late planting season doesn’t always ensure a late harvest, said Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist. Weather in late July and August will play a big factor.

“If we have normal weather in August, harvest will probably be pushed back a week to two weeks,” Thomison said. “But if we have high temperatures or drought in August, we could have an earlier than normal harvest, because things would simply die. While if we have low temperatures and above normal precipitation, we’re certainly looking at a delay in development. It would push back silking, and once corn is silking it needs another six to seven weeks for grain fill.”… Continue reading

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