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New field guide available for Ohio crops

With wet weather continuing to create harvest and planting delays, a new guide developed by agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is available to help growers check their crops’ development.

The 2014 Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide is now available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the Ohio State University Extension eStore or ordered from OSU Extension county offices.

The guide is an excellent tool in a new, larger, easier-to-read format that can be used by scouts, crop advisors and farmers when they’re scouting their fields, said Harold Watters, an OSU Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team.

The publication offers farmers key production tips from agronomy experts from OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

“The guide reflects current recommendations applicable to Ohio farming operations, including information on insect, disease and weed identification as well as agronomic information that should be valuable when checking fields,” Watters said. “The guide can help growers evaluate their harvest, estimate yield and determine diseases on corn, including helping them to evaluate stalk rot or ear rot.

“The guide is a valuable tool for growers because the field season is not over. Because of delays, we still have a lot of crop to harvest. We have a long way to go,” he said.

The 2014 field guide is a spiral-bound book that includes color photographs and an index of agronomic topics, Watters said.

“The guide can also help growers with weed and insect identification and also has updated fertility recommendations,” he said.

The guide is divided into seven sections:

• Corn Management.

• Soybean Management.

• Wheat Management.

• Alfalfa Management.

• Weed Identification.

• Sampling.

• Pesticide Application Technology.

• General Crop Management.

The guide can be purchased at estore.osu-extension.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2845. A digital version is also available as a PDF file for purchase at estore.osu-extension.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2841.

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