Corn Newsletter : 2016-02

  1. Author(s): Jim Noel

    After a record warm December, colder weather returned to Ohio and surrounding areas for January with temperatures in January running just below normal.

    The headlines surround a strong El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. This looks to be the strongest on near-term record. Most of the data suggests this El Nino is similar to the winters of 1957/58, 1982/83 and 1991/92 and like but with some differences to the 1997/98 winter.El Nino is only one of many things affecting the weather pattern but it has its strongest influence on our weather from January into March.

  2. Author(s): Pierce Paul

    Northern corn leaf blight (NCLB), caused by the fungus Exserohilum turcicum, continues to increase in prevalence and severity in Ohio and across the corn belt. In 2015, it showed up much earlier than usual in several fields. Weather conditions and current production practices are clearly two of the primary reasons why we are seeing more and more NCLB. The widespread use of conservation tillage favors the survival of the fungus from one year to another, and increasingly rainy, humid conditions favor spore production, dissemination, and disease development.

  3. Author(s): Anne Dorrance, Pierce Paul

    Much of Ohio’s soybean production ground is on soils with poor to fair drainage, high clay content, and reduced tillage systems.  Any one of these factors alone or in combination contributes to the environmental conditions that favor infection of seeds and seedlings by watermolds.  Reduced tillage systems favor pathogen build-up in the very place that the seed is planted each year.  Both soybean and corn are attacked by a great diversity of Pythium spp.; some of which are favored by cool, wet soil conditions and others by warmer but also wet soil conditions.  Of course for soybean,

  4. Author(s): Greg LaBarge

    Ohio State University Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting multiple meetings for those who need to meet state requirements for the Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification program through the Ohio Department of Agriculture. A current listing of all educational programs offered by Ohio State University Extension can be found at

  5. Author(s): Greg LaBarge

    Nutrient management plans developed to meet Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) EQUIP program criteria can be developed by Certified Crop Advisors in the State of Ohio as a service to their farm clientele. Nutrient management plans take soil fertility recommendations one step further and start to assess the environmental concerns of field sites to nutrient runoff/loss via nutrient indexes plus assessing erosion and other resources concerns on the farm.

  6. Author(s): Barry Ward

    A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation.  Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”.

  7. Author(s): Dee Jepsen

    Ohio farmers are invited to participate in a statewide survey regarding their on-farm grain bin storage facilities. It doesn't matter if the bins are ‘owned’ or ‘managed’ by the producer; hazards exist on all types of bin systems regardless of ownership status. This study is to help us better understand the types of grain storage facilities in the state in relation to the safety and health practices at those facilities. The survey does not collect personal identifying information, making the answers anonymous.

  8. Author(s): Jeff Stachler, Tony Nye, Rob Leeds

    Looking for ways to maximize soybean yield and profit?  Attend one of the 2016 Ohio Intensive Soybean Management Workshops offered by The Ohio State University Extension.  This workshop will be hands on and open to producers and agricultural professionals.  The workshop is occurring at three locations:

    1.       February 9, 2016:  Clinton County Extension Community Room, 111 S. Nelson Ave., Wilmington

    2.       February 24, 2016:  Evolution Ag, 13275 U.S. Rt. 42, Plain City

  9. Author(s): David Marrison

    The OSU Extension offices in Northeast Ohio are pleased to be offering the “2016 Northeast Ohio Agronomy School” on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Williamsfield Community Center  in Williamsfield, Ohio.  Join OSU Extension as we host our annual Agronomy School for crop farmers in Northeast 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.

  10. Author(s): Mary Griffith

    OSU Extension will host an intensive cover crop workshop in London, OH on Friday, January 29th. The workshop, which offers CCA credits, will focus on using cover crops to promote soil health for farmers and to provide additional forages for livestock producers.

    The workshop will offer growers an advanced, marathon session on cover crops, with the opportunity to work hands-on with soils and seeds and learn about managing specific cover crops, he said.

    Topics for the daylong workshop include:

About the C.O.R.N. Newsletter

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.

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