Crops

NACHURS announces new product line-up

Nachurs Alpine Solutions(NAS), based in Marion, announced the launch of a new product line in their agriculture portfolio, NACHURS Enduro-Shield.

The NACHURS brand continues to build on the foundational strengths developed over 77 years in the agricultural marketplace carrying a full line of branded fertility products with dedication to quality, integrity, and innovation that customers have grown to expect from a trusted supplier.

The Enduro-Shield technology is a one-of-a-kind bio stimulant that stands out from the rest thanks to its cold-press manufacturing process that preserves the beneficial compounds in the sea plant extract. This highly concentrated sea plant extract from Ascophyllum nodosum is like a secret weapon for plants, enhancing their development through various growing conditions and helping to protect genetic yield potential in a variety of crops. By harnessing the natural benefits of this marine macroalgae, NACHURS Enduro-Shield is taking strides towards sustainable agriculture and providing a powerful solution for improving both environmental and yield outcomes.… Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s technology is being developed today (Part 1)

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

As you are reading this, researchers at The Ohio State University are developing the technology you will be using on your farm tomorrow, thanks to your Ohio Soybean Check-off. From the use of Artificial Intelligence and Scouting Drones to more effective sprayer tip selection, your Ohio Soybean Check-off is providing the funds to help these new technologies become reality.

Anyone who has sprayed a soybean crop with a fungicide or insecticide in mid-summer knows the challenge of getting the spray to penetrate the crop canopy. Variable plant height, environmental conditions such as wind speed and direction changes can impact the effectiveness of the application. Dr. Erdal Ozkan is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Engineering at The Ohio State University. Dr. Ozkan is researching ways to reduce pesticide use and drift while increasing application effectiveness through the selection of the proper spray tips.… Continue reading

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Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference focus on soil health, water quality and profitability

Wondering how to build resilience with conservation agriculture? Want to learn about soil carbon marketing opportunities for farmers? What about how climate change affects soil carbon and soil health or whether phosphorus starter fertilizer is needed for corn?

The answers to these questions and more will be discussed during the annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference (CTC), held March 12-13 at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University (ONU), 525 S. Main St., in Ada. CTC is presented by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and other supporters.

The event focuses on providing information to farmers on promoting and maintaining soil health, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer.

From offering the workshop “New Technologies for On-farm Decision Making” and the discussion “Phosphorus: What We Learned from 45 years of Ohio Fertilizer Trials,” the two-day event is designed to provide opportunities “for farmers and crop consultants to learn about the latest technology and practices for conserving soil and improving water quality and how that can boost their financial bottom line while building healthier soils,” Reeder said.… Continue reading

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Avoiding Weed Resistance with Chris Munsterman of Syngenta Crop Protection

Weed resistance is a real threat to crop yields across the country. Syngenta Crop Protection has developed a new corn herbicide that has two active ingredients to combat this issue. Storen™ herbicide works to reduce both site specific and metabolic weed resistance when included in a herbicide program. Chris Munsterman, Agronomy Service Representative with Syngenta shares more.… Continue reading

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Understanding biologicals

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Farmers are experimenting with biological to enhance crop performance.  Dr. Connor Sible, University of Illinois estimated that by 2032, farmers will spend $32 billion/year on biological products.  Currently, biologicals enhance seed growth (25%), fertility (25%), pest management  (25% on insect, disease, weed control) and another 25% are specialty products. 

What are biologicals?  Many are plant growth regulators or hormones.   Bio-stimulates are not alive but come from living organisms and are easier to manage and control. Third are living beneficial microbes which are more difficult to manage and control. Living organisms are affected by moisture, temperature, and exposure to other environmental conditions (sunlight, oxygen levels, etc.). 

Dr. Sible breaks down biologicals into 8 major groups. Starting with living microbes, he lists nitrogen (N) fixing bacteria, phosphorus (P) solubilizing bacteria, residue decomposers (bacteria and fungi), and beneficial fungi (arbuscular mycorrhizae fungi, AMF) which enhance nutrient uptake. … Continue reading

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Genetic developments and Seed Select with BASF

Monty Malone of BASF discusses genetic developments in Xitavo™ soybean seed that will be released in the class of 2025. “The goal is to have an agronomic solution for all the agronomic challenges that soybean growers face.” This technology will go beyond marker predicted values and use greenhouse and field evaluations to ensure that the product is placed in the right position to help farmers maximize their potential and reduce risk. Seed Select will guide growers to place the right variety on the right acres.… Continue reading

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Corn planting dates

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

As spring of 2024 is quickly approaching and weather has been warm, it is a good time for a reminder of the discussion surrounding planting corn dates. Assuming a warm weather pattern continues, spring field work may arrive earlier than normal for some growers.

For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May. For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013). Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another.… Continue reading

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Soy priorities addressed at Commodity Classic

By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg

There has been ongoing, and growing concern, regarding the uncertainty of regulations regarding the Environmental Protection Agency proposed pesticide registration plans to meet its Endangered Species Act obligations. This concern was among the top concerns of the farmers in attendance at Commodity Classic. 

“We really need to watch the Endangered Species Act. I know that’s more of a federal thing, but it does affect us at the state level when it comes out,” said Patrick Knouff, a farmer from Shelby County and past president of the Ohio Soybean Association. “We want to continue to have that freedom to operate in Ohio. We had a battle on the Enlist side within the last year. We got that one figured out and now we’re dealing with the Xtend side. We don’t know yet where that’s going to fall out.”

EPA’s proposed Herbicide Strategy and the Vulnerable Species Pilot Program is meant to bring herbicide registrations into compliance with the Endangered Species Act.… Continue reading

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Savvy Full Season Soybean Management Webinar Series

By Dr. Laura Lindsey, Ohio State Soybean and Small Grain Specialist, Adapted from C.O.R.N. 2024-05

Science for Success is hosting a three-part virtual webinar series to discuss strategies farmers can utilize to optimize soybean yield. The webinar is free and open to anyone. We have applied for one continuing education credit in Crop Management for each webinar for Certified Crop Advisers. Register at: go.ncsu.edu/savvymanagementregister

The webinar series will explore some of the many management decisions soybean farmers face throughout the growing season, including:

March 8th: Pre-Season Maturity Group, Planting Date, and Biological Seed Treatment Choices

Fabiano Colet, The Ohio State University

Michael Plumblee, Clemson University

Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Andre Reis, University of Missouri

Moderated by Emma Grace Matcham, University of Florida

March 15th: In-Season Fertilizer and Fungicide Applications

Jeremy Ross, University of Arkansas

Laura Lindsey, The Ohio State University

Horacio Lopez-Nicora, The Ohio State University

Moderated by Emma Grace Matcham, University of Florida

March 22nd: Late-Season Desiccation Decisions

Rachel Vann, North Carolina State University

Seth Naeve, University of Minnesota

Trent Irby, Mississippi State University

Moderated by Emma Grace Matcham, University of Florida

When: Webinars will take place at 1:00 on each date and will last approximately one hour.… Continue reading

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Evaluating winter wheat stands

By Stephanie Karhoff

Late planting and freezing temperatures with little snow cover this winter raises concern for stand losses in winter wheat. To estimate yield potential and decide whether a field should be destroyed growers should evaluate winter wheat stands this spring. Understanding your field’s yield potential and identifying the current growth stage can also optimize the timing of nitrogen, herbicide, and fungicide applications. This article reviews how to assess winter wheat stands and the relationship between yield and number of wheat stems or fractional green canopy cover (F.G.C.C.) based on recent research by Soybean & Small Grains Extension State Specialist Dr. Laura Lindsey, with funding from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program.

The two methods for evaluating wheat stand are counting stems, which includes both the main stem and all tillers, or measuring the F.G.C.C. Regardless of which method you use, grain yield is best predicted when done at Feekes 5 growth stage or when leaf sheaths are strongly erect, typically in early to mid-April.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Episode 42, White mold management

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

In 2023 the presence of White mold in soybeans across many parts of Ohio was very concerning. The negative yield impact caused many growers to ask serious questions about research and management practices that they could implement on their farms. Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Plant Pathologist and Nematologist at The Ohio State University, and Dr. Wade Webster, Plant Pathologist at North Dakota State University visit with Dusty to discuss the past growing season in Ohio, what we know about White mold in soybeans, and management strategies for farmers moving forward.

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Trade — not SAF progress — highlighted by USDA at Commodity Classic

By Matt Reese and Dale Minyo

At Commodity Classic, attendees gathered to hear from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and — for the first time ever — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan. With both officials at the event, it seemed like a long-awaited announcement regarding the future of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) could be coming. 

Unfortunately, more time is needed to get it right, Vilsack said. 

“We’re not in a position today to announce the guidance that will be coming forth from the Treasury Department as it relates to the Sustainable Aviation Fuel and the tax credits that will be available in 2023 and 2024, and the tax credits that will go in place in 2025 and beyond,” Vilsack said. “Now the reason we’re not is because we’re measuring twice and cutting once. We want to make sure that the latest and best information is utilized in the modeling that will inform the Treasury guidance.”… Continue reading

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Drone spraying

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Aerial Drones are being used in agriculture.  Alan Leininger, OSU Extension Educator, Henry County is doing agricultural research on drone applications.  Drones have several advantages over ground-based spray equipment. 

First, they economically apply small rates of spray (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, nutrients), seed (small seeded cover crops) and are battery operated.  Second, they fly in the air, so there is no soil compaction.  They extend the application season.  If it is too wet, applicators can still spray.  There is no wheel damage to standing crops.  Applicators can precision apply product at the ideal time during the growing season to address a nutrient or pest problem.  Drones are also autonomous meaning they fly themselves on a set pattern.  Humans still have to be present for fill ups and to trouble shoot problems (low flying planes, helicopters, towers, telephone lines, tree, etc).

There are several different kinds of drones with various prices. … Continue reading

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Pioneer announces details for new Z-Series Soybeans

Building on 50 years of leadership and innovation in soybean research and variety development, Pioneer announces the commercial availability of Pioneer® brand Z-Series soybeans in the United States and Canada. This new class of soybeans offers farmers a significant yield advantage and better disease resistance.

Listen in as Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visits with Don Kyle, Soybean Breeding Evaluation Zone Lead with Pioneer, about the specific agronomic features the new Z-Series Soybeans are bringing for Ohio farmers.

“Z-Series soybeans represent the next step forward for soybean farmers, with a generational leap in yield potential and agronomic performance over any soybean line-up Pioneer has ever introduced,” said Liz Knutson, Pioneer U.S. Soybean Marketing Lead. “It is the sixth soybean series Pioneer has introduced in its 50-years of soybean breeding, with each series signaling trait technology innovations and transitions that set new standards for Pioneer soybean performance.”

Hear Knutson’s talk with Joel as they discuss the latest advancement.Continue reading

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U.S. Soy’s carbon footprint has considerably decreased.

By: United Soybean Board

A newly released Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) found the U.S. soybean industry’s global warming potential (GWP) profile decreased considerably in 2021 for whole soybeans, soybean meal, and soy oil compared to previously reported findings in 2015 and 2010. Commissioned by the United Soybean Board (USB) and the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA), the study assessed the main drivers of the environmental impact, including soybean cultivation and harvesting (e.g., herbicides, field operations and fertilizer), transportation, and energy usage in processing.

“USB’s mission is to create value for U.S. soybean farmers by investing in research, education and promotion of U.S. Soy,” says Lucas Lentsch, United Soybean Board CEO. “This body of research helps farmers better assess and understand soy’s contribution to the environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of the entire soybean value chain. Ultimately this data can competitively position our downstream products such as human foods, animal feeds, biofuels and other industrial applications.”… Continue reading

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EPA grants request for year-round E15

The Environmental Protection Agency announced in February that it will grant the request by eight Midwestern governors to allow the year-round sale of fuel with a 15% ethanol blend, or E15, in their states beginning in the summer of 2025. 

The announcement was welcomed by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), which has been fighting to break down barriers to the environmentally friendly biofuels. 

“We are glad to hear this decision from EPA, as it puts us on the road to providing more certainty to America’s corn growers and consumers who will save money at the pump,” said Harold Wolle, NCGA President and Minnesota Farmer. “However, given that this decision will not take effect until the summer of 2025, we question and are concerned about the implications of the timeline for growers and consumers this summer.” 

The sale of E15 has been banned during the summer months to meet federal clean air standards that have been shown to be unnecessary and outdated.… Continue reading

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“Battle for the Belt”, soybean results

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

In the “Battle for the Belt, corn vs. soybean?” the primary question being asked is which crop should be planted first to get the greatest yield benefit. “We can also look at the other side of the question, which crop has the smallest yield penalty for delayed planting,” said Dr. Laura Lindsey, OSU Extension Soybean and Small Grains Specialist. “Can we adjust our management practices to mitigate losses due to late planting? We don’t want to plant late, but sometimes weather conditions in Ohio dictate when we plant, which can be later than we like to see.” 

Delayed planting incorporates considerations beyond the weather. “We need to look at interactions with insects, diseases, weeds, and many other factors. When you alter your planting date, you also alter the problems you may encounter in the growing season,” said Lindsey.… Continue reading

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Respect for heritage with a focus on the future at Murphy Family Farms

By Matt Reese

Delivering pizzas may not typically be thought of as a stepping-stone job for a young farmer, but Brad Weaver said each one of his various off-farm jobs helped better prepare him for his current role on Murphy Family Farms in Wyandot County.

“I’ve always worked off the farm. In high school I had other jobs. I did some lawn mowing and in college I delivered pizzas for a while. I’ve been a mason tender, I worked at Kalmbach Feeds and then I started trucking. My dad owns an excavating company and I worked for him all through high school and college too,” Weaver said. “As I’ve moved up on the farm, I bought my own semi and now I continue to do some trucking. I think all of my off-farm jobs helped me out with what I’m doing now, whether it be personal relationships or just being able to talk to people in different circumstances.… Continue reading

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