Episode 134 – Winter Wheat Tips

Temperature ups and downs over the winter have us wondering what impact it will have on potential wheat yield. Dr. Laura Lindsey, Soybean and Small Grains Specialist, walks us through getting wheat off to a good start, evaluating it in the spring and how much correlation that has with yield. She also shares the latest research and technology developments to look for in the future.

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Episode 132 – 2023 eFields

Our topic for this podcast is on-farm research and the 2023 eFields report. The eFields program is OSU Extension’s on-farm research network. Ohio farmers are encouraged to learn with us by partnering to conduct trials and share data through the annual report. Elizabeth give us a summary of the 2023 report and we talk with Wayne Dellinger and Nick Eckel, county Extension Educators and fellow contributors, about projects they have conducted over the years. 

You can view the 2023 report, along with previous years, at efields.osu.edu. The Knowledge Exchange provides unique ways to sort through all eFields research projects: kx.osu.edu/efields.

Episode 129 – Farming the first Thanksgiving

With this episode releasing right before Thanksgiving, we wanted to celebrate by diving into how the food eaten during the first thanksgiving over 400 years ago came to be. While farming was simpler in a lot of ways, it is intriguing to consider what the pilgrims were up against trying to survive in a new land and how the Native Americans had adapted raise and protect crops without today’s modern technology. This is a fun one to put on in the car with whole family as you head to Grandma’s house. Happy Thanksgiving!

Further Reading:
Soils: https://soilsmatter.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/what-type-of-farming-challenges-did-the-pilgrims-face/

Livestock domestication: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3491550?seq=7 

First foods: https://modernfarmer.com/2016/11/foods-at-first-thanksgiving-meal/

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 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 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 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.

Resource:
Take Action Cover Crop Fact Sheets
OSU Weed Science Website
OSU Weed Science Twitter

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.

Episode 113 – 2022 eFields Report

The 2022 eFields On-Farm Research Report was released earlier this year. In this episode we share advice on how to conduct research on your farm and dive into some of the research results from the 2022 growing season. John Barker, Knox County, and James Morris, Highland County, join us to share results.

To view the eFields Reports, visit: go.osu.edu/efields. To sort through all report years by topic, location or crop, visit: kx.osu.edu/efields. Reach out to your local Extension office: extension.osu.edu/lao#county or email digitalag@osu.edu to get involved!

Episode 104 – Wheat Management

Wheat prices have cooled since their mid-May high but profitability still remains. Dr. Laura Lindsey, soybean and small grains agronomist at The Ohio State University, fills us in on proper wheat management from fall planting through harvest. We discuss planting timing and population, stand evaluation, nitrogen recommendations and other helpful advice for a successful crop.

More information on wheat production can be found at: https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/wheat-production.

The wheat scab forecasting site is found at: https://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/.