Rhizobia Inoculant Following the 2019 Season

“If soybean were planted sometime during the past three years, there should be an adequate Rhizobia population.”

Strip-Till Advantages

The American Society of Agronomy describes strip till as “Strip-till is in between the two systems (No-till and Conventional Till) where you combine the benefits of each” and a compromise between strict no-till and conventional tillage.

Compaction or Poor Soil Structure?

“Cover crop roots may increase water infiltration down 3 feet or deeper to improve water drainage.” – James J. Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Will fungicide resistant frogeye be an issue for Ohio in 2020?

“Frogeye leaf spot has now become a recurring problem for soybeans in southern up to central Ohio. High levels of inoculum — lots of leaf spots — in the fall can overwinter in Ohio, so this is especially important for those fields that are continuous soybean,” – Dr. Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist. 

Reducing Phosphorus Runoff

“Recently, researchers have concentrated mainly on Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus because it flows with the water and is easily Harmful Algal Bloom absorbed. ” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Continuous soybeans and cover crops

“As the amount of rye cover crop increased, the soybean stand was positively impacted.” Keeley Overmyer, Graduate Research Associate, The Ohio State University

Prevent plant acres and rogue weeds: Having a control plan is the key

“Farmers need to be sure to have a comprehensive effective herbicide program that includes; effective burndown or tillage, a full rate of preemergence herbicide with residuals, and choosing an effective post emerge soybean trait system.” – Mark Loux, OSU Extension Weed Scientist

Adapting to Extreme Weather

“Growing winter cover crops with evapotranspiration may dry the soil quicker.” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

The Blanchard River Watershed Network conducts in-field research and serves as a conservation resource for farmers in Ohio

Fertilizer applied years ago still affects Lake Erie

“There’s also a substantial amount of phosphorus leaving fields that was applied years before. It will take time and patience to achieve the reductions in phosphorus that we need to reduce the severity of the annual algal bloom.” – Laura Johnson, National Center or Water Quality Research, Heidelberg University

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