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30

Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Ohio Fields Showing Signs of Phytophthora Root Rot

Author: Mark Apelt

Over the last few days, many farmers in Ohio and eastern Indiana have noticed some patches or large areas that appear to be wilting, turning yellow or brown, and dying. Below are just a few photos of the symptoms we are seeing.

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12

May

2016

Agronomy Update

Wheat Threats Due to Cold Weather in Ohio

Author: Mark Apelt

The cool, wet weather we have been experiencing has lead to increased concern for various threats to our wheat crops. This article includes my updates on what I have been seeing in wheat fields across Ohio over the past few days.

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24

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

The Potential Effects of Hard Frost on Wheat

Author: Mark Apelt

Many areas of Ohio received record low temperatures on the morning of April 24. Temperatures dropped into the mid-20s in several areas of northern Ohio, while shattering previous lows by 5-7ºF in parts of central and southern Ohio (London for example). Many farmers may be wondering what (if any) effect will this have on their wheat crop. The extent of damage you may see will vary based on a few factors such as: the stage of growth of your wheat crop, the variety planted, maturity, planting date, planting depth, and temperature.

Let’s discuss each of these in a little more detail.

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8

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

Terminating Cover Crops

Author: Alex Johnson

​In this week's Agronomy Update, I wanted to highlight terminating cover crops. Our cover crop product lead, Ryan Moore, put together some great tips on this topic for me to share with you.

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24

Mar

2015

Agronomy Update

E. Indiana and Ohio: Nitrogen Stabilizers Simplified

Author: Alex Johnson

Whether you’re applying nitrogen (N) on your corn or wheat crop, knowing which nitrogen stabilizer to consider can be confusing! There are many out there. They protect from different types of loss, and they are specific to fertilizer form. Let’s simplify it!

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18

Mar

2015

Agronomy Update

E. Indiana and Ohio: Checking Your Wheat Stands

Author: Alex Johnson

Winter has finally come to an end and the last of the snow is melting away, which means it's time to check out those wheat stands! In this week’s video, Mark Apelt and I discuss what we’ve been seeing throughout Ohio's wheat fields and what you can do about it.

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11

Feb

2015

Agronomy Update

Know Your Numbers - Seed Selection

Author: Alex Johnson

The third and final installment of Know Your Numbers - Making Profitable Decisions in 2015 is Seed Selection.

So how can seed selection affect profit?
1. Right product for YOU.
2. Right trait.

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6

Feb

2015

Agronomy Update

Applying Nitrogen to Wheat Can Be A Tough Decision This Time Of Year

Author: Steve Gauck

Applying Nitrogen (N) to wheat can be a tough decision this time of year. Many of us have no intention of scouting fields in this weather, but a quick look at your wheat fields can help make some decisions on N rate and timing.


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6

Feb

2015

Agronomy Update

How to "Know Your Numbers" - Fertility

Author: Alex Johnson

In continuation of our short series on “Know Your Numbers,” let’s explore some ways to manage fertility to improve profit and then we will look at some easy, practical ways to farm more profitably.

Why fertility? When we looked at our cost per acre last week we saw that fertilizer is one of the biggest variable input costs for corn and beans. This means it holds potential to have a big impact on yield and profitability.

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22

Jan

2015

Agronomy Update

Know Your Numbers: Making Profitable Decisions in 2015

Author: Alex Johnson

What does it cost to put out an acre of corn in 2015? How does soybean profitability compare to corn? What are some easy ways to increase my profit?

I had fun this winter discussing these topics with our customers at some small post-harvest customer meetings we did in areas of Ohio. This week’s newsletter will be the first of a short series discussing: Making Profitable Decisions in 2015.

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5

Jan

2015

Agronomy Update

Agronomic Speed Date

Author: Alex Johnson

A catchy title can be the key to grabbing your attention. Joking aside, speed and date are two agronomic practices that affect our yield year after year: planting date and planting speed.

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26

Nov

2014

Agronomy Update

Audio Interview with Tom Beck, LibertyLink Comparison, Weed ID

Author: Alex Johnson

Audio Interview with Tom Beck
This week I had a chance to visit with Tom Beck, a Beck’s customer, near Ridgeville Corners, Ohio. I interviewed Tom in Defiance County, Ohio from his combine cab, as he harvested his last field.

LibertyLink® Cost Comparison and Weed Identifcation
This discussion with Tom brought up a topic that I receive a lot of questions about. “How does the cost of LibertyLink® compare to glyphosate tolerant herbicides?” The key thing this chart doesn’t tell you is that Liberty® herbicide KILLS resistant weeds that glyphosate tolerant traits no longer controls such as marestail, waterhemp, and Palmer amaranth. These three weeds are present in Ohio, and growing in number.

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20

Nov

2014

Agronomy Update

Audio Interview from Field and Soil Samples

Author: Alex Johnson

Last week I had a chance to visit with Paul Ralston of Hardin County, Ohio. We talked about his farm operation and things he has done throughout the year. Tune in to hear about what other farmers are seeing on their operation as I interview Paul in the tractor cab!

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12

Nov

2014

Agronomy Update

Fertilizer Price Survey - Remember the Four “R”s of Nutrient Application

Author: Alex Johnson

I hope harvest has been going smoothly for you, though delayed for most in Ohio this fall. This week’s newsletter has some information that is important as we think about fall and spring input prices.

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28

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

Wheat Planting and Drying Soybeans

Author: Alex Johnson

Sadly another week of wet weather has gone by, further frustrating soybean harvest and wheat planting.


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16

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

How Late Can I Plant My Wheat?

Author: Alex Johnson

The rains have slowed wheat planting in a lot of areas, but we still have the potential for a good crop!

Planting within the first 10 days after the recommended fly-free is normally our goal, but we can plant wheat up to one month after the fly-free date and still maintain optimal yields. So, for most of Ohio this means wheat can be safely planted through the last week of October.

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13

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

How Fast Will Corn Drydown In The Field?

Author: Steve Gauck

With the recent rains many of us are starting to wonder how fast corn will dry down in the field. Many factors can contribute to drydown. Plant characteristics can influence in-field drydown, but weather conditions strongly influence drydown.

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13

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

How Much Yield Am I Leaving On The Ground?

Author: Alex Johnson

How Much Yield Am I Leaving on the Ground?
It is easy to do a quick estimate behind the combine of how much yield is left in the field. Carefully remove residue in a square foot area and count how many seeds are lying on the ground.

Ag Lime Rate
How much lime to put on a field does not have to be complicated or as simple as put 3000# on whether it needs it or not. Here is a simple way to decide which fields need lime, how much, and what kind.

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9

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

Green Stem of Soybeans

Author: Mark Apelt

Every year there are some soybean fields where the stems stay green while the soybeans are mature and at the ideal moisture. Sometimes the leaves fall off the plant and sometimes they remain green and stay on. The one common symptom for most cases (except fungicides and genetics) is that there is not a heavy pod load on the plant. There are numerous factors that can cause a less than ideal pod load. In this article are just a few items that may contribute to green stem.

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7

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

Fall Herbicide Treatments - What Mark Loux Has To Say!

Author: Alex Johnson

Last fall, Mark Loux at Ohio State University answered some very common questions based around fall herbicide applications.

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