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Estimating corn yields

By John Brien, CCA, regional agronomist for AgriGold

The Yield Component Method is one of the most versatile and utilized methods to estimate yields. It allows growers to estimate their corn yields as early as 25 days after it takes into consideration the key components that determine grain yield. Yield components include the number of harvestable ears per acre, number of kernel rows per ear, number of kernels per row and kernel weight. The first three components are easily measured in the field while the value for kernel weight for ease of computing is a predetermined factor.
When estimating yields with the Yield Component Method there are several key points to keep in mind. When rainfall during grain fill is below average, the yields will be overestimated, while good grain fill conditions will underestimate yield.
Below is an example of the Yield Component Method to estimate grain yield.
Step 1. Measure a length equal to 1/1000th of an acre.… Continue reading

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Pioneer Field Day on Corn and Soybean Progress

Dale Minyo visits with Pioneer Agronomist Jonah Johnson at the Pioneer Field Day in Wilmington, OH.  Pioneer Jonah Johnson

Dale Minyo visits with Pioneer Agronomist Jerron Schmoll about Pioneer’s Triplestack varieties and the new Optimum AcreMax 1 Insect Protection product. Jerron Schmall -Pioneer

Dale Minyo visits with Pioneer Non-GMO Manager Dan Jones about the need for non-GMO products inside and outside the U.S. Dan Jones- Pioneer

Dale Minyo visits with Jim Trybaum, Pioneer Soybean Agronomic Research Scientist about innovations in soybean varieties.  Jim Trybaum- Pioneer Agronomy ResearchContinue reading

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U.S. Agriculture Paying Price for Inaction on Mexican Trucks

Mexico’s trade retaliation against the United States is expanding in size and scope due to the U.S. government not meeting obligations to allow Mexican trucks to operate in the United States. Due to this inaction, America’s farmers and ranchers are paying a steep price and the American Farm Bureau Federation is calling for immediate action to correct the matter.

The updated retaliation list published by Mexico includes tariffs that take effect today against U.S. pork, certain types of U.S. cheese, pistachios, a wide range of U.S. fruits and vegetables and other farm and non-farm goods.

“Mexico is one of our best trading partners and allowing this retaliation to continue for a provision we are obligated to meet is simply unacceptable,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The economic impact from this growing list will be significant to many farmers and ranchers.”

Mexico has taken this action because under NAFTA, Mexican motor carriers are allowed to transport international cargo within the U.S.… Continue reading

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Farm Bureau, Bob Evans® Announce Money-Savings Promotion

Members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) can now save 10 percent on every meal at Bob Evans Restaurants. The new, money-saving program applies to both dine-in and carry-out meals.

“This is exciting news for current Farm Bureau members and a great reason for lots of folks to join our organization,” said Janet Cassidy, OFBF senior director, marketing communications. “Our members tell us time and again they enjoy Bob Evans’ food and hospitality, so we’re very pleased to announce this great promotion.”

Ohio Farm Bureau members can access unlimited discount coupons at www.BobEvans.com/OFBF. A coupon and current Farm Bureau membership card must be presented to obtain the 10 percent savings. People who are not yet Farm Bureau members can learn about joining the organization and securing additional member benefits by visiting ofbf.org.

“Our two organizations share a commitment to providing Ohioans with high quality food. So this partnership between Bob Evans and Ohio Farm Bureau just makes a lot of sense,” said Cassidy.Continue reading

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Ohio Projects Receive an Additional $118 Million in Broadband Recovery Act Awards

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today welcomed the announcement by Vice President Biden that three Ohio broadband projects received more than $118 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to extend broadband access throughout Ohio and create more than 430 jobs, and likely many more through indirect job creation.

“These awards support our plan to create a seamless broadband infrastructure throughout Ohio,” Strickland said. “Comprehensive Internet access is one part of our strategy to lay the groundwork for Ohio’s long-term economic growth and improve Ohio’s business environment. Because access to high-speed Internet is increasingly essential for businesses and is a gateway to connecting our students with the world. I want to thank the Obama administration and our Ohio Congressional leaders for their continued support of our goal to make sure that every part of Ohio has access to high-speed Internet services.”

The Ohio awards are below:

Horizon Telecom, $66.5 million: The project, with nearly $28.5 million in matching contributions, will allow Horizon Telecom, a Chillicothe company, to offer affordable middle-mile broadband service in 34 southern and eastern Ohio counties.… Continue reading

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Seed Consultants Celebrates 20 Years

When Chris Jeffries and Dan Fox started Seed Consultants Inc. (SCI) in the corner of a farmer’s implement building, they never dreamed the company would become one of the largest independent seed companies in the U.S.
Fox’s and Jeffries’ backgrounds were both in production agriculture and the seed industry. In the ‘90s they were working for major seed companies but felt the western-based companies lacked adequate Eastern Corn Belt testing and strong regional products. “I was disenchanted with the way companies were treating our customers,” Jeffries recalls. “The companies we worked for were not going to add regionalized products, and we were told to basically sell whatever we were given.”
Fox and Jeffries wanted to give customers the best genetics for the region, so in 1990 Jeffries, a Purdue Universitygraduate with majors in Animal Science and Agricultural Education, and Fox, a Wilmington College graduate in Ag Business, started testing, selecting and selling genetics for the Eastern Corn Belt.… Continue reading

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White mold could be a problem again in 2010

By Matt Reese
Chances are looking all too good for another bout with white mold this year in Ohio soybeans.
Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist, said if the white mold producing material (Sclerotinia) is in a field, conditions may be right for it to be there again this year.
“Sclerotinia white mold, also known as Sclerotinia stem rot, has a very interesting disease cycle. The inoculum comes from very small fruiting bodies called apothecia that form from the sclerotia. They puff their spores up onto the stems and infect the old blossoms and they can kill the plants in the bottom third of the stem,” Dorrance said. “We have historic fields that have had white mold since the early 90s and late 80s. Every once in a while we get a blow up. Last year conditions were perfect and this year conditions are good again.”
The moisture this year has been favorable for the development of the disease.… Continue reading

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Corn closing in on maturity

By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension
Ohio’s corn crop continues to develop rapidly as a result of this season’s early planting and above average temperatures. According to the NASS (www.nass.usda.gov), as of Aug. 15, 82% of corn was in dough, compared to 43% last year and 59% for the five-year average. Thirty-four percent of corn was dented, compared to 4% last year and 10% for the five-year average. In many fields, corn in full dent has achieved the half-milk line stage (also referred to as the “starch line”). Thermal time from half-milkline to physiological maturity (“black layer”) is approximately 280 GDDs (http://www.kingcorn.org/news/timeless/GrainFill.html), which corresponds to about 10 days if we accumulate at least 28 GDD daily. Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, the NASS has forecast Ohio’s corn average yield at 176 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last year’s record yield of 174 bushels per acre. If these estimates for maturity and yield come to pass, we may be looking at a very large, early maturing crop.… Continue reading

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Weather Update

by Jim Noel
The last two weeks saw temperatures much above normal with rainfall near normal. However, as was discussed two weeks ago, rainfall was highly variable, from less than 0.50 inches to over 5 inches. Normal for the 2 week period is around 1.75 inches.

The outlook for the remainder of August calls for much above normal temperatures to continue. Temperatures this week will start cooler the first half but temperatures 4-10 degrees above the normal (normals are lows 80s and low 60s on average across the state plus or minus 3-4 degrees from north to south) will return thereafter. Rainfall now looks below average the rest of this month. There will still be pockets of heavier rain, but the heaviest rains look north and south of the state. The northeast and far south stand the best chances for rainfall. Average for the rest of the month is near 1.75 inches.… Continue reading

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Corn Silage Harvest is Imminent

by Mark Sulc, Peter Thomison, Bill Weiss, Ohio State University Extension

Corn development has been progressing at a rapid pace with the recent warm temperatures. Early planted corn is already being harvested for silage in some parts of Ohio. So it is time to check the whole plant moisture content now, if you haven’t done so already.

Ensiling corn at the proper dry matter content provides high quality preservation resulting in good animal performance and lower feed costs. Harvesting corn too wet (low dry matter content) results in souring and seepage of the silage and reduction in animal intake. Harvesting too dry (high dry matter content) promotes mold development because the silage cannot be adequately packed to exclude oxygen. Harvesting too dry also results in lower energy concentrations and reduced protein digestibility.

Harvest Moisture Guidelines

Corn silage preserved between 30 and 38% dry matter (62 to 70% moisture) generally provides good silage fermentation and animal performance.… Continue reading

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Medina County man is the neighbor every farmer wants to have

By Kyle Sharp

It’s a horror story often heard within the agricultural community. Land next to a working farm is sold to non-farmers who move in from town and start complaining about the equipment, noise and periodic aromas that come with the rural landscape.
Fortunately, the Boyert family of Seville in Medina County has not had that problem.
In fact, when Don Diefendorff and his wife, Beth, purchased the old farmhouse and 6 acres across the road from the Boyerts in 2004 and moved from near Akron, Diefendorff quickly became a friend and extra farmhand.
“Shortly after moving in, he came over and introduced himself to us,” said Matt Boyert, 25, the second-oldest of six children raised by Mike and Patti Boyert. “Since making our acquaintance, he has readily come over and assisted us with our outside chores. He has even reached a point where he has helped pull a couple of calves and came over to watch a veterinarian perform a C-section.”… Continue reading

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Weekly Crop Progress Report, August 16th

Weekly Crop Progress Report for August 16, 2010

The average temperature for the State was 79.1 degrees, 7.5 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, August 15, 2010. Precipitation averaged 1.13 inches, 0.33 inches above normal. There were 180 modified growing degree days, 31 days above normal. Reporters rated 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, August 13, 2010. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 34 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.


Scattered showers moved through the state and provided needed rain to some areas. Crops and livestock in areas that did not get rain were showing signs of heat stress. Farm activities included tillage, installing tile, hauling grain, spraying corn and soybeans, applying manure, and baling hay. Early tobacco harvest continued in the southern counties, however the majority of the crop was just topped this week.… Continue reading

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Ohio 4-H Foundation to Host Fundraiser, Honor Former Trustee

Join the Ohio 4-H Foundation for the 13th annual Celebration of Youth on Friday, Sept. 24. The Celebration of Youth is the major charitable event for raising funds to benefit Ohio 4-H Youth Development and to commemorate distinguished 4-H Alumni.

Ohio 4-H, the youth development arm of Ohio State University Extension, uniquely qualifies young people to step up to the challenges of our changing society. Last year, more than 336,000 urban and rural Ohio youth participated in Ohio 4-H and over 25,000 volunteers generously gave their time and talent. The Ohio 4-H Endowment Fund is the critical resource to supplement state and county funding of 4-H programs, which help promising young Ohioans reach their fullest potential. Program areas that benefit include science and technology, health and safety, animal and agricultural areas, family and consumer sciences, personal development, natural resources and global understanding. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center Endowment Fund.… Continue reading

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Ohio 4-H Taking Lead in Developing Global 4-H Knowledge Center

When Bob Horton visited Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya in January, he was struck by the number of children he saw — at least, compared to the relatively fewer number of adults.

“The AIDS epidemic has really taken a toll in sub-Saharan Africa,” Horton said. “There are lots of children, but far fewer adults than one would expect to see.”

Horton realized that in just a few years, many of those children will become Africa’s farmers. But because their parents’ generation has been ravaged by death and illness, those children need help in developing the skills that will empower them to become the farmers, agri-business people and community leaders of 2025.

That’s why Horton, an associate professor with Ohio State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program, is working with colleagues at Ohio State and across the nation in a Global 4-H Network project that will establish a clearinghouse of land-grant university information and technical assistance for 4-H club leaders throughout Africa and provide them with timely, open access to that knowledge.… Continue reading

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Trouble shooting late season corn problems

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

Root lodging
Through my travels as of late I have become concerned about the late season standability of corn hybrids in areas where soils have remained saturated for an extended period of time. It appears that in those areas, corn plants didn’t need to root down deep and therefore did not. I have already seen root lodging in areas in the central part of Ohio and East Central Indiana. The majority of this lodging was in fact “root lodging” and not stalk lodging. Upon digging roots, I am observing very small root systems in which the “money roots” (those roots that go deep for moisture) have been rotted off due to saturated soil conditions. I have received many calls from those concerned that this is rootworm feeding and their trait is not working. That is not the case. Saturated soils have caused root rot and a lack of deep root growth.… Continue reading

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