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Day 1 is in the books for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour! Great day… warm to hot… wind blowing… no rain! It was perfect for scouts… not so good for the corn and soybean crops. It was a weird day. I followed a route from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Grand Island, Nebraska, that [...]

From the Rows with Brian Grete The 2016 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour kicked off this morning in Dublin, Ohio, (a suburb of Columbus) and had scouts sampling corn and soybean fields along 12 designated routes to Fishers, Indiana (a suburb of Indianapolis). My route took me northwest out of Dublin. We made three stops in [...]

By~ Amy Hayes Waterhemp, one of the most common weeds in the Midwest, has finally shown its ugly face in northwest Ohio. About two years ago we started finding plants here and there, numbers increased last year, and erupted this year. This IS NOT a weed to take lightly. If you thought marestail was an [...]

By~Alex Fullenkamp In the geography I cover, the year started out excellent.  Emergence and plant health were both excellent.  Unfortunately since then the crop went through a very hot and dry time period.  We’ve since gotten some very nice rains, but for many fields it is just too late.  The soybeans still have a great [...]

Putnam County Corn Summary: The field had very small diameter stalks and could have problems in the wind. Yield looks like 100 bushels per acre. There was tip-back, aborted ears, smut, GLS and signs of very dry conditions. Soybean Summary: The beans were 32 inches tall and the plants had aborted a few pods. The [...]

The 2016 growing season started wet and cool then turned hot and dry in many areas — a classic worst-case scenario for corn and soybeans. There were certainly some examples that showed up in fields on the 2016 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour displaying evidence of those challenging conditions. But, at the same time, we saw [...]

By: Ben Stoller Below are pictures taken on Thursday, August 4 after a Quilt Xcel fungicide application on July 28.  On the first two pictures, the treated area is to the right of blue line, where greener, healthier plants are visible tolerating high temperatures and drought conditions much better than the untreated area.  On the [...]

By~Brad Miller With the dry weather we have been experiencing I have been receiving calls about spider mites. How to scout for them and what the economical threshold is.  To see if you have spider mites in your field, look for symptoms such as Yellow Stippling on leaves.  See photo below.   Also check for the [...]

After a disappointing year of corn returns, grain elevators eye their options By: Diana Klemme – Courtesy of Feed and Grain Magazine “Corn is King” — at least in most states. The United States has raised 126 billion bushels of corn in the last 10 years; soybean and wheat production together total just 54 billion [...]

By~ Jeff Prickett July is peak season for potato leafhopper on Alfalfa. With the dry weather this summer, potato leafhopper populations have quickly increased. Every field of alfalfa I have scouted this past week has been at economic thresholds for leafhopper populations and corrective action has been warranted. I would encourage all our alfalfa growers [...]