From Across the Field – Getting Ready

We were fortunate to get a nice rain shower yesterday as we were heading into the beginning phases of drought conditions, especially in the northern part of the county.  As crops are in the early to mid reproductive stages any precipitation received should have a positive effect on grain fill and yield. That being said crops could still use timely rainfall until physiological maturity is reached at which point dry down becomes a priority in order for a timely harvest.   Continue reading

Local Agronomic Insect Report 7/29-8/4

For the week of 7/29-8/4.With western bean cutworm number back in the single digits trapping efforts will now focus in late generation corn borer, which can cause significant damage in late season corn.


Freedom – 6
Monroe – 0
Pleasant -0
Bartlow – 3


Freedom – 2
Bartlow – 1


Flatrock – 0 male; 0 female; 0 nymphs

Preventing Barn Fires

By: Christine Gelley – OSU Extension, Noble County Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

The fire department is a service you hope you will never need to use, but the one you are most thankful for when an emergency occurs and life as you know it is going up in flames. It is crucial that we all do our best to reduce fire risks in our homes and work environments. Continue reading

Strategies To Nail Your Cash Rent Negotiations

By: Sara Schafer, Top Producer editior. Previously published on AgWeb Daily.

If thinking about negotiating cash rental rates makes you sweat—you’re not alone. This annual task can be unnerving, especially if you are asking for a rental reduction. The current cloudy profitability and policy picture adds even more pressure this year. Continue reading

Japanese Beetles in Corn and Soybean

By: Kelley TilmonAndy Michel OSU Extension Entomologists, previously in the C.O.R.N. newsletter

We have been hearing reports of Japanese beetles in corn and soybean.  These beetles are large with a shiny copper and green color.  Foliage feeding in corn is almost never economic, though economic damage from silk clipping is possible (though rare).  Consider a rescue treatment when  silks are clipped to less than ½ inch and, fewer than 50% of the plants have been pollinated, and the beetles are still numerous and feeding in the field.  Continue reading

Local Agronomic Insect Monitoring Report – 7/31/18

For the week of 7/22-7/28. Western Bean Cutworm numbers have dropped significantly in a weeks time. If you are out scouting the economic threshold is 5 egg masses per 100 plants scouted. Eggs range in color from white to purple (close to hatching) are are usually found on upper leaves of the plant.


Freedom – 17
Monroe – 16
Pleasant -6
Bartlow – 13
NWARS – 12


Freedom – 0
Bartlow – 0


Flatrock – 0 male; 0 female; 0 nymphs

Understanding the Generational Differences

By: Chris Zoller, Extension Educator, ANR in Tuscarawas County

We hear about and read labels for different generations and we know there are differences among them.  What do the differences mean if you are managing people from different generations?  Depending upon the publication you read or with whom you speak, there may be a slight difference in birth start and end years, but the following table provides some general guidelines. Continue reading

No Pigweed Left Behind

By: Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension Weed Specialist, previously published in the C.O.R.N. newsletter

If you don’t already have to deal with waterhemp or Palmer amaranth, you don’t want it. Ask anyone who does. Neither one of these weeds is easy to manage, and both can cause substantial increases in the cost of herbicide programs, which have to be constantly changed to account for the multiple resistance that will develop over time (not “can,” “will”). Continue reading