The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
C.O.R.N. Newsletter
OSU Extension
Ohio State ATI
April 22, 2014 - April 28, 2014
Editor: Glen Arnold, CCA

Temperatures are Still Cool

Author: Anne Dorrance

Soil temperatures from around the state are highly variable still on the cool side.  From the weather stations at the branches, these are the soil temperatures at 2.5 inches, from April 20 were:

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Adjusting Corn Management Practices for a Late Start

Authors: Peter Thomison, Steve Culman

As of Sunday April 20, no appreciable acreage of corn had been planted in Ohio ( ).

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Spring Insect Concerns Already?

Author: Andy Michel

It is difficult to even think about insects when many producers have not even had a chance to work the fields, let alone plant.  However, two items of note to think about over the next week or two.  First, we are actually approaching the required number of growing degree days needed for peak acti

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This Week's Weather


The week of April 21-26 will feature temperatures a few degrees above normal with below normal rainfall. Normal highs are in the 60s and normal lows in the 40s for the most part. Normal rainfall is about 0.75 inches.

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Have You Evaluated Your Forage Stands?

Authors: Mark Sulc,

Two weeks ago Rory Lewandowski wrote an article describing how to evaluate forage stands for winter injury. So our question is, “Have you walked out into your forage stands yet this spring?” If not, you may be in for a rude surprise.

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Be Mindful of Bees during Delayed Planting this Season

Author: Andy Michel

(Editor's note: Reed Johnson is the lead author on this article) Beekeepers in Ohio suffered substantial losses of colonies over the exceptionally long and cold winter of 2013-2014.  Here in Wooster we lost more than half of our colonies and beekeepers around the state are reporting levels of win

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Winterkill of Italian Ryegrass Stands

Author: Mark Sulc

(Editor's note: John McCormick was also an author on this article) Last week we observed the worst winter injury in Italian and annual ryegrass stands since 2004 when we first began testing this species on an annual basis.

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About C.O.R.N. Newsletter

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.

Mark Badertscher
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sam Custer
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Nathan Douridas, CCA
Farm Science Review Farm Manager
Mike Gastier, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jason Hartschuh, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Greg LaBarge, CPAg/CCA
Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems
Suzanne Mills-Wasniak
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Les Ober, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pierce Paul
State Specialist, Corn and Wheat Diseases
Eric Richer, CCA
Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Adam Shepard
Peter Thomison
State Specialist, Corn Production
Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA
Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems

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