Forage Production

Is your corn suffering from drought or Goss’s Wilt?

Once you have it, you’ll have it forever, and that is not a good thing, because the bacteria which cause Goss’s Wilt will stay in crop residue over the winter to infect the next crop. The problem is moving rapidly from the Western Corn Belt eastward, and heavy winds that blew through the Eastern Corn Belt this weekend may have helped spread it even faster. FULL STORY »

Drought stress and corn pollination

Most of the corn is going through tassel and pollination, which is well ahead of the five-year average, and the worst possible time to experience temperatures in the high 90's F (35 C or more). FULL STORY »

Alfalfa management considerations in a drought

An established alfalfa plant has a deep taproot that enables the plant to extract moisture from the soil and continue growing even under drought conditions. FULL STORY »

Managing your alfalfa crop following a hectic spring season

Let your alfalfa blossom during the summer to capture some carbohydrates. FULL STORY »

Could sugar help drought stressed corn?

The dry weather has farmers looking for any options to alleviate drought stress. Some are tempted to try sugar. FULL STORY »

Watch for Japanese beetle on 'silking' corn

Although Japanese beetles will feed on corn leaves, its only real importance is when feeding on emerging silks. This silk feeding can interfere with pollination resulting in incomplete kernel set. FULL STORY »

Dry weather taking toll on forage crops

Continued dry weather is prompting forage growers to take precautions to avoid further crop loss. Here is some advice. FULL STORY »

Evaluate corn plant stands

Now is a great time to assess how well crops emerged. Determining corn plant populations allows you to evaluate management decisions made at planting, as well as identify any emerging concerns from weeds, insects or diseases. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa weevil woes

Watch for alfalfa weevil in second cutting alfalfa regrowth. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa growers: Scout earlier this year for potato leafhopper

The near-record warm winter this year has not only brought alfalfa to an earlier-than-usual first cutting, it’s also caused some insects, such as potato leafhopper, to appear earlier than normal, says an Ohio State University Extension entomologist. FULL STORY »

Hot, dry weather starts to take its toll on young corn plants

Dry conditions and a record-setting heat wave have started to stress young, Midwestern corn plants, a Purdue Extension agronomist says. FULL STORY »

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