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Battle for the Belt: Season 2 Episode 2- Who Won 2023- Corn or Soybean?

Season 2 Episode 2 of Battle for the Belt is now available:

In episode 2, Dr. Laura Lindsey and Dr. Osler Ortez summarize the yield results of each location for the 2023 season.

Project Overview

Battle for the Belt aims to answer four questions:

  • Which crop should we plant first- corn or soybean?
  • Which crop has the smallest yield penalty for delayed planting?
  • Can we adjust management practices to mitigate losses due to late planting?
  • How are insects, diseases, weeds, and other factors affected by planting date?

Ohio locations

The project had three locations; The Northwest Agriculture Research Station, the Wooster Campus, and the Western Agriculture Research Station.

Last year’s project included five planting dates, which will be repeated during the 2024 growing season. Ultra early: late March to early April, Early: mid to late April, Normal: early to mid-May, Late: late May or early June, Very late: mid to late June. The corn side evaluated four relative maturities: 100- day. 107-day, 111-day, and 115-day. The soybean side evaluated four seeding rates; 100k seeds/acre, 140k seeds/acre, 180k seeds/acre, 210k seeds/acre.

Crop Observation and Recommendation Network

C.O.R.N. Newsletter is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio crop producers and industry. C.O.R.N. Newsletter is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, state specialists at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). C.O.R.N. Newsletter questions are directed to Extension and OARDC state specialists and associates at Ohio State.