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April 23, 2019 - April 29, 2019
  1. Author(s):

    After a cool and wet period for April as expected we still expect a turn toward warmer weather for May along with more normal rainfall.

    The outlook for the next two weeks going into early May, rainfall is forecast to average 1-3 inches with normal being 1.75-2.00 inches so we are expecting near normal rainfall on average, see attached image. There will be periods of dry weather and wet weather over the next two weeks.

  2. Author(s):

    I’ve been hearing more reports from around the state of winter injured forage stands, especially in alfalfa. The saturated soil during much of the winter took its toll, with winter heaving being quite severe in many areas of the state. So, what should be done in these injured stands?

  3. Author(s):

    This month provides one of the two preferred times to seed perennial cool-season forages, the other being late summer. Two primary difficulties with spring plantings are finding a good window of opportunity when soils are dry enough before it gets too late and managing weed infestations that are usually more difficult with spring plantings. The following 10 steps will help improve your chances for successful forage establishment in the spring.

  4. As prospects for a timely start to spring planting diminish, growers need to reassess their planting strategies and consider adjustments. Since delayed planting reduces the yield potential of corn, the foremost attention should be given to management practices that will expedite crop establishment. The following are some suggestions and guidelines to consider in dealing with a late planting season.

  5. Author(s):

    For the second year in a row, we are scrounging to find enough marestail at the OARDC Western Ag Station to conduct the research we had planned on this weed.  After years of having plenty of marestail, we have had to look around for off-site fields where there is still a high enough population.  Which, since we are scientists after all, or at least make our best attempts, left us thinking about reasons for the lack of marestail, and our overall maresta

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    The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently announced a new conservation program entitled the "Ohio Working Lands Buffer Program" to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible cropland in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed. 

  7. We are once again providing soil temperatures in the C.O.R.N. Newsletter for spring 2019. The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Agricultural Research Stations located throughout the state have two and four inch soil temperatures monitored on an hourly basis.