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Trade agreements move to the Senate

On Monday, Oct. 3, President Obama submitted the three pending trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama to Congress for consideration. The House of Representatives quickly took action on the submission with the Ways and Means Committee holding a mark-up on the agreements and passing them from committee. The House and …

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Precision diets can boost profits

Dairy producers shouldn’t get used to $7 corn, and should tailor diets to maximize productivity and profitability, an Ohio State University Extension expert says. “There are two things to manage: feed costs and milk prices,” said Extension dairy specialist Normand St-Pierre. “On the feed cost side, there is nothing that …

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Stay safe around bins and equipment

Farmers can take steps during harvest season to avoid accidents in grains bins, a Purdue Extension farm safety expert says. In years like this one when growers may have planted late and had to harvest grain at earlier maturity, low quality grain will translate into spending more time in and …

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Every year’s a good for apples, but some tougher than others

By Matt Reese Anyone who grows anything outdoors was painfully familiar with the wet conditions this spring. The almost constant rain made it tough to get anything done outside. The same soggy conditions that made this spring miserable for humans made productivity even more challenging for the insect pollinators dodging …

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Every year's a good for apples, but some tougher than others

By Matt Reese Anyone who grows anything outdoors was painfully familiar with the wet conditions this spring. The almost constant rain made it tough to get anything done outside. The same soggy conditions that made this spring miserable for humans made productivity even more challenging for the insect pollinators dodging …

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Fall cutting hay issues

By Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension forage specialist The recent damp weather has prevented a timely last cutting of hay across much of Ohio. So is it safe to cut a hay stand now? The answer depends on how much alfalfa and red clover is in the stand, how …

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Time is running out to plant wheat

As corn and soybean harvest extends into the later weeks of harvest, the optimal window for planting winter wheat in the Eastern Corn Belt is rapidly closing according to Ohio State Extension wheat researcher Pierce Paul. “Our target is always to get the wheat planted before the second week of …

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Ear molds could be a concern

The combination of a late harvest and wet weather could mean optimal conditions for development of corn ear molds, according to Ohio State University Extenson plant pathologist Pierce Paul. Paul, a leading researcher of disease issues in corn and wheat at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), said …

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Pork outlook brightening

Finally pork producers have some positive news that has increased optimism for greater profitability in the coming year, said a Purdue University agricultural economist. “That good news came from USDA in two forms. The first was the September Hogs and Pigs report, which indicated little change in the size of …

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Corn dry-down slow going

By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist Recent wet, cool weather slowed drydown.  By early to mid‑October, dry-down rates will usually drop to 1/2-3/4% per day (from rates of up to 1% per day in September when drying conditions are usually more favorable). By late October to early …

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