Justifying a corn fungicide application

Grey Leaf Spot and Northern Corn Leaf Blight were yield robbers in Ohio corn fields in 2014. Conditions so far this year are causing both of these diseases to show up again.

Bill Mullen of Seed Consultants says a check of the fields will indicate what actions, if any, need to be taken, considering the current farm economics.… Continue reading

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Early Stalk Rot

John Brien Agronomist with AgriGold discusses the early signs of stalk rot he is seeing in Ohio.  John also shows you what to look for in your own corn field.

“We’re at the typical point in a corn plant’s life where everything is tasseling, we’re doing pollination – we’ve gotten to that point. That’s usually the sign that we’re home free,” said Brien. “We’re worried about running out of nitrogen, we’re worried about foliar fungicides and what we should do, but walking corn fields, I’ve found a new issue that may be more valuable to us than those two things.”

That issue is stalk rot and Brien goes into detail about the problem and how to identify it early.… Continue reading

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Identifying practices to best manage phosphorus

Since its creation, the P Index has been offering farmers insights into the decisions they make with regard to the phosphorus management on their farms with a scoring system for management practices. The problem is that the Ohio P Index has never been validated for accuracy with on-farm tests to see if the system reflects P runoff risk from farm fields. Elizabeth Dayton is working on a validation process at The Ohio State University.… Continue reading

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Wheat tour showcases U.S. varieties to E.U. buyers

A European trade team representing Spain, Italy and Malta recently spent a week touring wheat fields in North Dakota, Minnesota and Ohio. The group’s Ohio leg included a tour of the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Lab in Wooster, a visit to the OARDC wheat test plots for an overview of the Soft Red Wheat Breeding Program and concluded with a farm tour and dinner at Stover Family Farms in Shelby.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers Week 4 – Pittman Farms, Delaware Co.

The fourth and final week of the spring 2015 Feeding Farmers in the Field, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids, saw the crew of the Ohio Ag Net travel to northern Delaware County to Pittman Farms. Ed and Craig Pittman run the corn and soybean operation based near the town of Ashley.

Rain was one of the main topics of discussion between all the farmers, neighbors, and other friends of the family in attendance.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s crop dusters aim for perfection during S.A.F.E. event

Ohio’s aerial applicators — more often known as crop dusters — recently gathered at the Morrow County Airport, base of operations for Fisher Ag Service, to take part in Operation SAFE. The event offers networking opportunities, but more importantly helps to ensure the use of application technology is as efficient and accurate as possible. SAFE in this case stands for Self-regulating Application and Flight Efficiency and is put on by the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA).

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood takes a look at the crop dusting industry in Ohio.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers Week #2 – Ellis Farms, Clinton County

Tuesday’s cooler than normal temperatures greeted the crew of the Ohio Ag Net as they ventured to Clinton County for the second installment of the 2015 Feeding Farmers in the Field sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids. The week’s winners were Ellis Farms – a corn, soybean, and wheat operation unique in the fact that it is also a successful pheasant hunting preserve.

More on the operation as Dale Minyo interviews Matt Ellis:

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Feeding Farmers Week 1 – Maple View Farms, Erie County

Dale Minyo and the crew of the Ohio Ag Net took a trip north on Tuesday for the first 2015 installment of Feeding Farmers in the Fields, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids. Maple View Farms based in southern Erie County was the winner. The farm is run by Keith Edwards and two of his sons Kirk and Kent.

As far as their spring, Keith said it has been without much struggle compared to other years.

“We’ve had actually what we’d call a normal spring, which we haven’t had in many years,” said Keith. “It’s been a good spring.

“We are sidedressing. Spraying – we’ve got a little moratorium on that – we’re in between spraying time. And hay, as soon as we get a weather window we’re ready to cut hay, but we’re dry right now.”

The farm is in the process of transition from Keith to Kirk and Kent. Each have their own duties on the operation.… Continue reading

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