Episode 124 – Farm Science Review 2023

The 2023 Farm Science Review runs September 19-21 and your hosts have broken down all the opportunities you have to engage with OSU Extension on agronomy and farm management topics. Whether it is walking through the plots, listening in on an expert talk or watching new equipment run in the demos, there is a wealth of information to be found this year.

To purchase tickets, check out the program or find vendors, visit fsr.osu.edu.

Episode 123 – Tar Spot

If you grow or scout corn in Ohio, you have probably heard rumblings of a new disease called Tar Spot. Pictures from neighboring states to the north and west show bleak images of entire corn fields dead before their time. While researchers are still assessing the threat potential for tar spot in Ohio, it has made appearances across the state and has many farmers quite concerned. To tell us more about this new disease, Dr. Stephanie Karhoff joins us to share what she has seen and learned in her time in NW Ohio.

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Episode 122 – Why Sell Timber?

Woodland management goes hand in hand with farm management. On this episode we talk to Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, to discuss the question “Why sell Timber?” Dave will discuss the importance of knowing your objectives, the type of trees you possess, and who to contact before making any timber harvesting decisions. He will also introduce you to agencies that will assist you in the timber sale process such as Call Before You Cut (callb4ucut.com/ohio), ODNR Division of Forestry, and programs within OSU Extension.

Episode 121 – Corn and Soybean Diseases

Mid to late summer attentions quickly turn to fungicide applications and talk of what needs sprayed for that particular year. This year is no exception with the varying weather conditions that seem to appeal to each and every disease. Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora and Jason Hartschuh talk about which diseases in corn and soybeans we should watch out for and provide more information on scouting and pulling the trigger on application.

If you are interested in sending soybean samples in for disease analysis, address them to:

OSU Soybean Pathology and Nematology Laboratory
Attn: Horacio Lopez-Nicora
110 Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43210

You can reach Horacio at lopez-nicora.1@osu.edu and Jason at Hartschuh.11@osu.edu.

Episode 120 – Let’s Talk About Death!

Join us as we talk about Farm Legacy with David Marrison, Farm Management Specialist with Ohio State University Extension.

One of David’s passions is helping families plan for the future of their farming operation. Listen in to learn the basics on Farm legacy and where you can learn more!

Visit go.osu.edu/farmsuccesion for more information.

Episode 119 – Delayed Growth Stages: What does it mean for crop yield?

Some of the corn and soybeans across Ohio are upwards of two growth stages behind due to early drought conditions followed by cool weather. What does this mean for the rest of the season and ultimately crop yield? Jonah Johnson, CCA with PCT Sunrise attempts to answers those questions based on his agronomy knowledge and past experiences in the field.

Follow Jonah on Twitter @JJAgronomy.

Episode 118 – Farm Insurance Policies – “I think I’m covered if that happens”

We have an exciting announcement today! Listen in to find out what it is.

Farms are subject to more risks than ever before. Liability exposure of driving equipment on roadways or the potential of property loss due to a barn roof collapse, every farm has multiple sources of risk.  Robert Moore joins Bruce and Josh to review the basics of farm insurance policies.  Robert’s insight guides listeners to ask better questions to their insurance agent to customize the right policy for the farm.

Episode 117 – Drought Begets Drought

We would rather not have this title for our summer weather outlook but, of all the advances we’ve made in agriculture, controlling the weather is not one of them. Dr. Aaron Wilson joins us to look at what happened this past spring as we moved away from a La Nina. He also provides an outlook for this summer’s growing conditions.

The state climate office would love to hear from folks on what impacts you are seeing. This will help them monitor these rapidly changing conditions. They highly encourage farmers to submit observations to the NOAA and National Drought Centers’ CMOR Tool: https://go.osu.edu/drought_cmor.

Continue to view information at climate.osu.edu, include signing up for the monthly and quarterly climate summaries.

Episode 116 – Planting Green Impacts on Weed Management

Cover crops impact cropping systems in more ways than improving soil structure. Dr. Alyssa Essman, soon to be Assistant Professor with Horticulture and Crop Sciences specializing in weed science, continues to expand research on cover crops as they pertain to weed management.

She discusses results from a recent project that looked at termination timing of cereal rye combined with different herbicide programs. Essman also shares with us her plans for the future as she takes on a research and extension role within OSU.

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OSU Weed Science Website
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Episode 115 – Insect and Disease Pressure in Cool Soils

Planting conditions were really good in early April which led to a significant amount of corn and soybeans planted early this year. With the turn to cold, wet conditions, much of that seed has sat without emerging for 2-3 weeks. What impact will that have on insect and disease pressure? How might it affect replant considerations?

To answer these questions, Dr. Kelley Tilmon and Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora join us to discuss the effectiveness of seed treatment, which insects and diseases we should be concerned about and some cultural considerations to prevent infestations.

For more on insects, please visit: aginsects.osu.edu/. Subscribe to the CORN newsletter for regular updates from these specialists.