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
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
By: Mike McGinnis, columnist for Successful Farming
DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. soybean crop condition rating is downgraded over last week, while corn edges higher. In its Weekly Crop Progress Report Monday, the USDA rated corn crop as nearly fully emerged, while 10% of the soybeans are still underground. Continue reading
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
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
By: Betsy Jibben, U.S Farm Report National Reporter
Published previously on Farm Journal’s Pork online
It’s beginning to feel like summer here in Henry County. Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror, school is out, and most of the crops are in the ground. As we march into the summer months now is the time to think about pests, both insects and weeds. Continue reading
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 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 you 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
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
By: Pierce Paul OSU Extension Corn and Small Grains Disease Specialist
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