Drying Costs Versus Stalk Loss—Which Costs More?

By: Sonja Begemann, Farm Journal Seed and Crop Production Editor, Previously published on AgWeb Daily

As fields inch toward harvest Mother Nature isn’t letting up. Downpour after downpour brought on by hurricane Gordon is leading to questionable stalk and shanks in corn fields.

With stalks and shanks threatening to break, are you prepared to harvest early? Does it make economic sense? Scout fields, weigh drying costs and remember, every bushel you leave in the field is potential dollars out of your pocket. 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.

WBC:

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

ECB:

Freedom – 0
Bartlow – 0

BMSB:

Flatrock – 0 male; 0 female; 0 nymphs

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

Stress During Corn Reproductive Stages a Concern

By: Roy Ulrich, Technical Agronomist for Dekalb/Asgrow, previously published on Ohio Ag Net

The growing season has been quite variable across the region this year so far. For some regions of Ohio, the start to the growing season may have been slightly delayed, but once it was fit the crop went in relatively fast and stress free. For other regions, the growing season was extremely late to get started and each management step has been a struggle to accomplish between all the rains. Continue reading

Outlook for U.S. Corn and Soybean Exports

By: Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist, University of Illinois, Previously published by Successful Farming online

The escalating trade issues between the U.S. and many of our trading partners continue to affect the outlook in both corn and soybean markets. Drastic price declines since Memorial Day show the impact of trade uncertainty and yield potential.  The prospect of large yields combined with trade issues set the baseline for determining export potential and price formation in both corn and soybean markets moving forward. Continue reading

Using Drones to Find Drainage Pipes

By: Barry Allred, USDA Research Agricultural Engineer and Greg Rouse, GIS Coordinator, Ross County Soil and Water Conservation District

To improve the soil water removal efficiency of drained farmland, and thereby increase crop yields, new drain lines are often installed between pre-existing drain lines. Retrofitting an agricultural subsurface drainage system in this manner requires accurate maps of the drainage pipe that is already in place. Continue reading

Local Agronomic Insect Trapping Report 7-10

For the week of 6/24-6/30. No traps at the economic threshold for treatment for Western Bean Cutworm (WBC), European Corn Borer (ECB), or Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

WBC:

Freedom – 9
Monroe – 0
Pleasant -0
Bartlow – 2
NWARS – 0

ECB:

Freedom – 2
Bartlow – 0

BMSB:

Flatrock – 0 male; 0 female; 0 nymphs