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OSU: C.O.R.N. Newsletter - February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018, 13:17 PM by Clint Hawks

Editor(s): Jason Hartschuh, CCA

C.O.R.N. is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio Crop Producers and Industry. C.O.R.N. is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, State Specialists at The Ohio State University and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. C.O.R.N. Questions are directed to State Specialists, Extension Associates, and Agents associated with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at The Ohio State University.

Winter has seen wild swings in the weather

Winter has seen wild swings in the weather

Author(s): Jim Noel
The winter has seen wild swings in the weather and climate from cold to warm to cold. The outlook for February calls for this wild swing pattern to continue with periods of cold and mild along with periods of wet, snow and dry. The end result should be temperatures slightly colder than normal for February and precipitation at or above normal. Over the next two weeks precipitation liquid equivalent should average 1.5-2.5 inches over Ohio. Normal is about 1 inch in this period. See attached graphic for details.

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2017 eFields Research Report Highlights OSU Efforts to Improve Decision Making for Farmers

2017 eFields Research Report Highlights OSU Efforts to Improve Decision Making for Farmers

Author(s): Elizabeth Hawkins
Article submitted by Elizabeth Hawkins on behalf of the Digital Ag Team and contributors to eFields

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Soil Infiltration

Soil Infiltration

Author(s): Alan Sundermeier, CCA
Infiltration is the downward entry of water into the soil. Infiltration rate is expressed in inches per hour. Rainwater must first enter the soil for it to be of value. Water moves more quickly through the large pores of a sandy soil compared to slower movement through a clay soil with small pores. Infiltration is an indicator of the soil’s ability to allow water movement into and through the soil profile. Soil temporarily stores water, making it available for root uptake, plant growth and habitat for soil organisms.

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CORN Newsletter Reader Survey

CORN Newsletter Reader Survey

Author(s): Amanda Douridas, Amanda Bennett, Mike Gastier, CCA, Greg LaBarge, CCA
We want to thank all our readers for their interest in the CORN newsletter over the years. It has been several years since we have conducted a reader survey. We are asking readers to complete this survey to provide important information about the future content of the newsletter. Our goal is to provide farmers and consultants with accurate, researched based information that helps improve farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability. Completion is voluntary. All survey responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to respondents. Only summary data will be reported.

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Customizing your Weed Management Program

Author(s): Jason Hartschuh, CCA
Two similar advanced weed management program are planned for February 13thin Marion and 14thin Willard. They will both feature Mark Loux and Bruce Ackley with hands on weed identification. They will also be covering weed biology and making a cost effective weed control program that fits your farm. These will be hands on programs working with green house grown weeds, for weed identifiaction at various growth stages. The Willard Program will have an hour after lunch focusing on sprayer clean out and effects of spray nozzles.

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Taking Your Farm a Different Direction Workshop – Feb 27

Author(s): Eric Richer, CCA
Do low commodity prices have you concerned about your farm’s economic sustainability? Does your ‘sharp pencil’ have you considering alternative agricultural enterprises to complement commodity corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock? Then consider attending the “Taking Your Farm a Different Direction” workshop on February 27th in Fulton County.

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OHIO FARM BUSINESS ANALYSIS PROGRAM

Author(s): Dianne Shoemaker
The message is clear: farms must know their costs of production for corn, soybeans, hay, milk, meat, and any other commodities they produce. Why? To make informed marketing, production, and financial management decisions that contribute to the overall profitability of the whole farm business.

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HANCOCK COUNTY CORN AND WHEAT SOIL FERTILITY PROGRAMS

Author(s): Ed Lentz, CCA
Dr. Ed Lentz will be present two soil fertility programs based on his research and research from other university specialists at the Hancock County Agriculture Service Center, 7868 County Road 140, Findlay, OH 45840. Times and programs are as follows: Spring Nitrogen, Sulfur, and Other Nutrient Decisions for High Yield Wheat – February 13, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Nitrogen Stabilizers, Starters, Micros, Sulfur and Nutrient Enhancers -- How Important Are They for Corn Production? – February 20, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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Northeast Ohio Agronomy School Slated for February 21, 2018

Author(s): Lee Beers, CCA
The OSU Extension offices in Northeast Ohio are pleased to be offering the “2018 Northeast Ohio Agronomy School” on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Williamsfield Community Center located at 5920 State Route 322 in Williamsfield, Ohio. With profit margins decreasing it will be vital for crop producers to get the biggest bang from the dollars they invest in land rental, seed and fertilizer, technology, chemicals, and crop protection in 2018.

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Considering Organic Production?

Author(s): Amanda Douridas
Are you looking for a way to increase profitability on your farm? Or are you looking to make some production changes that might offer more sustainability in the long run? Transitioning to organic production may help a farm achieve these goals. There are costs and challenges to making the three year transition on a crop or livestock farm and a lot of careful consideration should be given before making the switch.

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Crawford Agronomy Night March 1st

Author(s): Jason Hartschuh, CCA
The Crawford County Agronomy night with pesticide and fertilizer recertification will be held on March 1st, at the Wayside Chapel Community Center 2341 Kerstetter Rd Bucyrus Ohio 44820. The program will start at 3:30pm and run until 9:00pm. We will have special guest speakers, Dr.

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Upcoming Events

01/18/2018 - Maximizing Manures Value

02/05/2018 - Central Ohio Agronomy School “The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production” - Mt. Vernon

02/12/2018 - Central Ohio Agronomy School “The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production” - Mt. Vernon

02/13/2018 - CONTROLLING “YOUR” PROBLEM WEEDS

02/14/2018 - Weed Management 101

02/19/2018 - Central Ohio Agronomy School “The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production” - Mt. Vernon

02/21/2018 - Northeast Ohio Agronomy School

02/21/2018 - Considering Organic Production? - Urbana

02/22/2018 - Paulding County Agronomy Night

02/26/2018 - Central Ohio Agronomy School “The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production” - Mt. Vernon

03/01/2018 - Crawford Agronomy Night

03/05/2018 - Central Ohio Agronomy School “The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production” - Mt. Vernon

03/12/2018 - Central Ohio Agronomy School “The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production” - Mt. Vernon

Contributors(s):
Jim Noel (National Weather Service)
Debbie Brown, CCA (Shelby County)
Glen Arnold, CCA (Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Management )
Mark Badertscher (Hardin County)
Sam Custer (Darke County)
Elizabeth Hawkins (Field Specialist Agronomic Systems)
Rory Lewandowski, CCA (Wayne County)
Garth Ruff (Henry County)
Amanda Bennett (Miami County)
Lee Beers, CCA (Trumbull County )
Mike Gastier, CCA (Huron County)
Amanda Douridas (Champaign County)
Bruce Clevenger, CCA (Defiance County)
Jeff Stachler (Auglaize County)
Andy Michel (State Specialist, Entomology)
Sarah Noggle (Paulding County)
Greg LaBarge, CCA (Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems)
Eric Richer, CCA (Fulton County)
Pierce Paul (State Specialist, Corn and Wheat Diseases)
Clifton Martin, CCA (Muskingum County)
Jason Hartschuh, CCA (Crawford County)
Cindy Meyer (Butler OSU Extension ANR Educator)

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