2020 Ohio Soybean Performance Trial: Henry County and Preble County Yield Results Available

By:  Laura Lindsey and Allen Geyer

Henry County and Preble County results of the 2020 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials are available online here: https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/news/ohio-soybean-performance-trials-henry-co-and-preble-co-yield-results Results from the other trial locations will be added as harvest and data analysis continues.

In the early trial (RM 1.9 to 3.1) at Henry County, yield ranged from 46.4 to 56.5 bu/acre (average 51.4 bu/acre). In the late trial (RM 3.2 to 3.9) at Henry County, yield ranged from 44.5 to 57.4 bu/acre (average 50.0 bu/acre). Continue reading

Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training

By: Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA

The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam Training program, delivered by members of the OSU Agronomic Crops Team, will be held virtually for 2021 on January 5, 6, 7 & 8. This is normally an intensive two-day workshop but will be spread across four days this year, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn by 1:00 p.m. each day. Provided as a great basic agronomy course, it will be used as a reminder on what is best to study in preparation for the local CCA exam. Continue reading

Beef Producers Should Consider Signing Up for CFAP-2

By:  David Marrison, Extension Educator, ANR, Coshocton County

Deadline to sign-up for CFAP-2 is December 11, 2020

The COVID pandemic has created disruption in many areas of agriculture.  Instead of our usual market cycles, farmers saw prices move up and down in ways contrary to typical market cycles.  To help farmers mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, the Coronavirus Food Assistance program (CFAP) was released in April with program sign-up ending on September 11, 2020. Continue reading

Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference is a Must Attend Event for Anyone Working in Agriculture

Organizers of the 2020 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference hosted by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University, say the aim of this year’s conference is to offer much-needed insight to those involved in the agricultural industry during a time marked with so much global uncertainty. Past attendees, ranging from producers to consumers and agribusinesses leaders to elected officials, say the annual conference provides information and outlooks that influence their businesses and decision making processes. Continue reading

Online Mortality Composting Certification

By:  Amanda Douridas, Champaign County Ag and Natural Resources OSU Extension Educator (originally published in the Ohio Farmer on-line)

Multi-bin system with a concrete pad and wooden sides.

Composting livestock mortalities can be an efficient and inexpensive method of disposing of on-farm mortalities. Rendering facilities are becoming harder to come by and so are landfills that accept mortalities. Transportation costs are increasing as well. Composting offers a year-round alternative that may be more cost effective than other disposal methods. Once the compost cycle is complete, the finished product can be land applied to the farm’s fields as a nutrient resource. Continue reading

Extended Drydown in Corn

By:  Alex Lindsey

As fall is progressing, crop harvest is also occurring throughout the state. However, many producers are seeing slower than usual drydown in their corn fields this October. This may be in part due to how the weather conditions impacted corn growth and development this year. Continue reading

Online Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification Available Until December 1

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has partnered with the Ohio State University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) to temporarily provide online recertification for pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders whose licenses expired in spring of 2020. Applicators are required to complete their recertification requirements online by December 1. Continue reading

Still Planting Wheat?

By:  Laura Lindsey and Pierce Paul

Generally, the best time to plant wheat is the 10-day period starting the day after the fly-free-safe date. When wheat is planted more than 10 days after the fly-free-safe date, there is an increased change of reduced fall growth and reduced winter hardiness. The effect of planting date on wheat yield is shown in Figure 6-2 of the Ohio Agronomy Guide, 15th edition.

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Gibberella Ear Rots Showing up in Corn: How to Tell It Apart from Other Ear Rots

By:  Pierce Paul and Felipe Dalla Lana da Silva

Ear rots differ from each other in terms of the damage they cause (their symptoms), the toxins they produce, and the specific conditions under which they develop. GER leads to grain contamination with mycotoxins, including deoxynivalenol (also known as vomitoxin), and is favored by warm, wet, or humid conditions between silk emergence (R1) and early grain development. However, it should be noted that even when conditions are not ideal for GER development, vomitoxin may still accumulate in infected ears.

A good first step for determining whether you have an ear rot problem is to walk fields between dough and black-layer, before plants start drying down, and observe the ears. The husks of affected ears usually appear partially or completely dead (dry and bleached), often with tinges of the color of the mycelium, spores, or spore-bearing structures of fungus causing the disease. Depending on the severity of the disease, the leaf attached to the base of the diseased ear (the ear leaf) may also die and droop, causing affected plants to stick out between healthy plants with normal, green ear leaves. Peel back the husk and examine suspect ears for typical ear rot symptoms. You can count the number of moldy ears out of ever 50 ears examined, at multiple locations across the field to determine the severity of the problem.

Ear rot symptoms

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