If you will be joining us at Farm Science Review this week, tune into Episode 10 of the Agronomy and Farm Management Podcast. We talked to different members of the Extension Farm Science Review planning committee about what is going on this year. Nick Zachrich addresses the expansion of the exhibit area, some new features and exhibits and even some tricks on how to make the commute a little easier. Nate Douridas talks about the crops and field demonstrations.
The warmer pattern will continue at least into the start of October across Ohio.
The remnants of Florence went mainly east of Ohio with only light rainfall amounts. Temperatures will heat back up into the 80s for much of the rest of this week. Normal highs are in the 70s and lows in the 50s. We expect highs this week mostly in the 80s and lows in the 60s to near 70.
The next rainfall system will move across the region later Friday or this weekend. Another system will move through by the middle or the end of next week.
We’ve received a few pictures from around the state of green soybean pods splitting and also seed sprouting out of pods. While it is not uncommon to see pre-harvest pod shatter just prior to harvest due to re-wetting of dry pods, the pictures we’ve received have been of soybeans at the R6 growth stage.
Although the growing season is winding down, we are still receiving some reports of insect activity and damage in soybeans. At this point, the risk is mainly to late-planted or double-cropped beans that are still maturing and still green when other fields are yellowing. Late-season soybean aphids, which feed on sap, do not cause yield drag after seed fill is complete. Stink bugs, grasshoppers, Mexican bean beetles, and bean leaf beetles can feed on pods later in the season.
We have heard varying reports of crop injury including replanting, treatment with control products or tillage from slugs and vole in corn and soybeans across the state. To get a better feel for where and under what conditions these two pests have been active in 2017 and 2018, a short six questions survey was made available in August of 2018 on the Crop Observation and Recommendation Network website. Responses were received from 39 farmers and 8 professionals who represented 32 counties.
Remember the old adage … Garbage in = Garbage out. Many of us use our yield data to make additional management decisions on our farms such as hybrid or variety selection, fertilizer applications, marketing, etc. Data from an uncalibrated yield monitor can haunt us for many years by leading us into improper decisions with lasting financial affects. In today’s Ag economy we can ill af