From Across the Field – Livestock Education Opportunities

Just when things get good in terms of moisture and crop condition, the rain finds its way back into the region. Being set back another week will only add to the weed pressure that is already evident in some fields. The rain has also slowed progress on some of our nutrient management on-farm research trials. This year in Henry County my research efforts are focused on corn side dress nitrogen. With farmer cooperators we are evaluating nitrogen rates in corn and comparing the use of liquid swine manure at side dress to commercial fertilizer. Continue reading

Local Agronomic Insect Trapping Report 6-19

All insect traps have been set. I will report trap counts based on the township the traps are in. In 2018 in Henry County I have traps set for Western Bean Cutworm (WBC), European Corn Borer (ECB), and Brown Marmorated Stinkbugs (BMSB). There is also a WBC trap at the NW Agricultural Research Station near Hoytville.


Freedom – set
Monroe – set
Pleasant – set
Bartlow – set
NWARS – set


Freedom – set
Bartlow – set


Flatrock – 0 male; 0 female; 0 nymphs


Former “Billion Dollar Bug” is Mounting a Come Back

By: Sonja Begemann, Farm Journal Seeds and Crop Production Editor
Published previously on AgWeb Daily

One billion dollars. Prior to Bt technologies farmers lost $1 billion annually to corn rootworm—in the form of chemical costs or actual yield loss. With resistance to traits that once killed the pest on the rise, it might just nibble its way back to a billion-dollar price tag.

Corn rootworm (CRW) poses a double threat—the adult snips corn silks, and if unchecked could prevent successful pollination and kernel development, and the larvae munch on roots which leads to risk for disease and plant stress. CRW was once controlled by traits but with resistance on the rise is now at risk of running rampant: it’s time to find a solution to slow the spread of resistance. Continue reading

Hay Moisture Levels

By: Chris Penrose, OSU ANR Extension Educator, Morgan County and Dan Lima, OSU ANR Extension Educator, Belmont County. Previously published on Ohio Ag Net.

With the limited opportunities and short windows many have had to make hay so far this year, some hay may have been made at higher moisture levels than we would like. Moisture levels have a direct effect on hay quality. What we have found to be a consistent number in the literature is 20% moisture maximum. To be more specific: Continue reading

The Farm Economy: How Bad Is It?

By: Brent Gloy, Agricultural Economic Insights

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that there have been a large number of recent articles in the press about the negative situation in the farm economy (for example 1234you get the idea).  This was further driven home when a friend recently called to ask just how bad economic conditions are on the farm. I thought it might be a good time to provide some analysis of the current situation.  Continue reading

Over 1,000 Farmers Share How They Market Grain

By: Sara Schafer, for Farm Journal’s Pork

Successfully marketing grain is one of the biggest challenges most farmers face. Tight margins, weather uncertainty and global trade issues can quickly derail the best laid plans.

Crop prices continue to be the No. 1 challenge for farmers. That’s according to a new report from FarmLogs. In the 2018 State of Grain Marketing Report, the crop marketing software company surveyed more than 1,000 farmers across the country on their grain marketing habits and strategies.  Continue reading

Wheat and Barley: Cool, Wet Late-Season Conditions

By: Pierce Paul OSU Extension Corn and Small Grains Disease Specialist

Head Scab in Wheat

Cool weather and moisture after flowering often means extended grain-fill and high yields, especially when disease levels are as low as they were at the time of pollination and early grain development in some fields. However, excessive rainfall associated with the cool temperatures could increase the severity of diseases that thrive under cool conditions. But with the crop now well into grain-fill and even turning in some locations, there is very little you can do about late-season diseases. The pre-harvest interval for some of the best fungicides is 30-45 days, which mean that they are now off-label in most areas, given that harvest will likely begin in less than 30 days. Continue reading