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August 14, 2018 - August 20, 2018
  1. We have heard from a few extension educators and scouts that soybean aphids are starting to make their appearance.  Right now, the number of infested plants is very low (around 5%) and the number of aphids on the plants is also low (average 5-10).  With this level of infestation, it is highly doubtful that soybean aphids will reach threshold, especially in soybean that has already entered the late R stages (R5 and R6).  However, there is a fair amount of late planted soybean that could still be at risk—in fact we were in a field last week that just reached R2.  We recommend that growers con

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    We have soybeans in all different growth stages but the majority of the crop looks great but there are a few highlights based on some scouting and reports from last week.

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    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 6-question survey has been put together. The survey is intended for farmers or professionals.

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    along with Zak Ralston, Jonell Winger, Isaac Knowles

    Earlier this spring, members of American Soybean Association were provided soil sampling bags and a challenge.  They were to sample the best yielding field and the lowest yielding field on their farm to assess where SCN was.  We’ve been able to process samples from 105 fields and here is the summary:

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    John Schoenhals, Mark Badertscher, Lee Beers, Amanda Bennett, JD Bethel, Bruce Clevenger, Sam Custer, Tom Dehass, Jason Hartschuh, Ed Lentz, Rory Lewandowski, Cecilia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Sarah Noggle, Les Ober, Eric Richer, Garth Ruff, Jeff Stachler, Alan Sundermeier, Curtis Young, Megan Zerrer, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon

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    Ohio State University is partnering with Michigan State University to hold Variable Rate Seeding Focus Groups during the month of August. We are interested in learning more about how YOU make seeding rate decisions to fine-turn our research and extension outreach. Participants will be asked to fill-out a survey. Completion of the survey is not required for participation in the Focus Group, but those taking the survey will be paid $80. Additional topics include: creating seeding rate zones and ideal seeding rates within each zone and an expert panel featuring Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins.

  7. OSU Extension Crawford County will be hosting a Tile demonstration and Soil Health Field day on August 22. The program will start at 9:30 am and run until 2 pm. Cost for the program will be $5 to cover lunch. Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to see both commercial and tractor mounted plows in operation. They will have the opportunity to see how to run the tractor plow from the seat and how Intellislope works. While drainage is often the first step to successful no-till and cover crops, it is not the only step.

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    On-farm technology has the ability to collect so much information on farming practices and crops but what do we do with all of that information once we have it? Information is power and gives farmers the ability to improve and fine-tune every aspect of their operations. These adjustments can lead to yield improvements or savings on input costs that can add up to a better bottom line at the end of the year.

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    Ajay Shah

    Making products from plants takes ingenuity and perseverance; getting then to market requires the same. The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science’ annual Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop is an opportunity to learn more about commercialization of biobased technologies and products.

  10. The FSR Agronomy College is held in partnership between the Ohio AgriBusiness Association & OSU Extension. The event is designed to educate agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers, custom applicators and farmers on current agronomy issues. The full-day event features time with OSU Extension staff in the field in the agronomy plots on the east side of the Farm Science Review grounds.