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Wet year leads to long harvest

The soggy truth? Ohio had a really wet year. After an exceptionally rainy fall in Ohio, the state is on track to have its third wettest year ever, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with Ohio State University Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. Early September the remnants …

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Hops production picking up in Ohio

By Matt Reese Next month more than 75 Ohio hop growers will gather for the 2019 Ohio Hops Conference and Trade Show in Columbus. The Jan. 9 and 10 event is a sign that, as Ohio’s craft beer production has boomed in recent years, agriculture is starting to follow to …

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Market volatility ahead

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile Producers across the country are hoping grain prices do better in 2019. Next month, USDA will be releasing their final estimates for 2018 U.S. corn and soybean production and yields as well as quarterly grain stocks as of Dec. 1, 2018. Many are expecting both …

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Greenhouse management workshop

The Ohio State University’s 2019 Greenhouse Management Workshop, set for Jan. 17-18 in Wooster, will dig all around a plant’s roots. The theme is “Root Zone Optimization.” Peter Ling, associate professor in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, said this year’s program is unique because it will …

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Climate change and no-till

By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired) The federal government released a report on global climate change that predicts, among other disastrous results, that American farmers are doomed to failure. Drought, heavy rain, floods, and hot summers will destroy crop yields. Farmers aren’t stupid. They know how …

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New No-Till History book

By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired) Several Ohio folks and organizations are part of a new book by Frank Lessiter, “From Maverick to Mainstream.” Among those prominently featured are Bill Richards, Glover Triplett, David Brandt and Bill Haddad. Books are for sale at the National No-Till …

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Ohio fall weed survey

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomist Once again your county Extension professionals went to the fields this fall to see what weeds made it through the summer in your soybean fields. There were some surprises and some expected results. It is becoming apparent that with the move to …

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USDA launches second round of trade mitigation payments

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this week launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities will now be eligible to …

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2018 Grain Farmers Symposium highlights

By Matt Reese Yesterday’s 2018 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium had a strong program that kicked off with a welcome from Lt. Governor-elect Jon Husted. “Mike DeWine and I are working very diligently to put our administration together. We are putting the right people in place so we can get our …

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2019 Precision University: Ag tech for in-season management

By Trey Colley, John Fulton, Jenna Lee, and Elizabeth Hawkins Digital agriculture technologies, connected devices, and sensor networks have enabled data-based decision making to be implemented at the farm level. The farm of the future will have increasing access to data and real-time analyses, allowing new insights related to in-season …

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