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Battle for the Belt: Episode 33- Wrap Up

Episode 33 of Battle for the Belt is now available:

In episode 33, we talk with our Soybean and Small Grain Specialist Laura Lindsey, and Corn Specialist, Osler Ortez about the season and upcoming winter extension programs.

The season started out cold and wet at all three locations with emergence starting three weeks after planting the first planting date. This caused stand issues at the Wooster location in soybeans specifically. Early season disease presence at the Wooster location in soybeans was observed and sampled. The early season disease data will be shared in the near future. After this wet and cool period, all locations experienced very dry weather. During our normal optimum planting date of May 11, there was little soil moisture during this planting date all the way through to our May 25th planting dates at the Western and Northwest locations. The predicted optimum planting dates for corn are our late April to mid-May planting dates, and our predicted soybean optimum planting dates are the early and late April planting dates.

We will be holding four in-person regional meetings and one online to present the first year of Battle for the Belt data over the winter. Look for the meeting invitations from the C.O.R.N newsletter!

Battle For the Belt Location Updates

This week at the Wooster location, all of the soybean planting dates have entered into R8 and harvest will take place either this week or next week. In the corn, planting date five is still mostly at R5, a few hybrids reached R6, but this planting date needs more time.

The Western location harvested planting date four soybeans and planting date five reached R8. The first three planting dates of corn were harvested. Planting dates four and five in corn needs to dry down more before harvest.

Small Plot HarvesterHarvest of plots

The Northwest location had planting dates one, two, and three in corn harvested last week. The last two planting dates also need to dry down at this location. All of the planting dates in soybean are at R8 and will likely be harvested this week.

Table 1. Planting dates one, two, three, four, and five in the trial at all three locations with the day of planting, precipitation, soil, air temperature averages, and Growing Degree Days (GDDS). Information from CFAES Weather System,

Keep following the ‘Battle for the Belt’ this growing season to learn more and get further updates! You can find the full video playlist of Battle for the Belt on the Ohio State Agronomy YouTube channel.


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