Watch for soybean diseases after big rains

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I looked at the soybean prices on Sunday – all were still less than $10/Bushel.  This price combined with yield losses due to late planting, extra expenses for additional late weed control, and flood injury really put the kibosh on all but the most guaranteed return on investment for the remainder of 2015.  Here are a few guidelines, results from our studies in Ohio that point to the best return on investment.Foliar pathogens have the most impact on soybeans at the later growth stages (R3 to R6) by reducing the photosynthetic area of the leaves that contribute to pod development and seed growth (http://www.oardc.osu.edu/soyrust/2007edition/10-SoybeanGrowthandDevelopment.pdf).  Soybeans also have an uncanny ability to compensate for missing neighbors.  The profitability measure for the 2015 season will be to scout for the occurrence of diseases after flowering R3 and choose the best fungicide if necessary.Septoria brown spot.  This is a lower canopy disease, which surprisingly, we have not been getting too many reports of this year.  Where we are, it is from fields that are planted into continuous soybean and have heavy residue.  Even in these situations, the yield loss for this is still on average 2 to 3 bu/A.Frogeye leaf spot.  This disease we are monitoring, not only because there are a few highly susceptible varieties but also because there are reports from Illinois, Indiana, and up and down the Mississippi of populations that are no longer managed by the strobilurin class of fungicides.  If you see it, please send this to the lab ASAP, so we can run some tests.  We have seen yield differences with low levels of disease (5 to 12% leaf area affected) of 5 to 10 bu/Acre.  This is the one to keep an eye out for but the timing for sprays is between R3 and early R4.Sclerotinia stem rot or white mold.  For those fields with a long history of this disease, this can cause problems when we have cool nights (a.k.a no air conditioning turned on in your house) and heavy dews.  We have started our scouting for this pathogen as fields begin to get closer to flowering.  However, for those historic areas where white mold is always present AND a susceptible to moderately susceptible variety was planted, a fungicide may be necessary this year.  The key is the timing, and coverage of the fungicide in the field.  The target area is the lower part of the stem.Approach – we have measured significant reductions in white mold when we applied this fungicide at Western branch right before flowering followed by a second application 10 days later.Endura – we have measured significant reductions in white mold with this fungicide with one application timing (R1 – a few plants are beginning to flower in the field).Phoenix and Cadet Herbicides – both have reduced the incidence of white mold in trials in northeast Ohio.  If you are also going after weed escapes, this may also be a tool to consider.Topsin M – this has been the stand by white mold fungicide, but for the past 3 years, we have not been able to measure reductions in disease.Some cautions, we have not been able to reduce white mold with a fungicide nor with a herbicide if the field is planted to a highly susceptible variety and the crop is in full flower and infections have already occurred.  These materials mainly work as protectants and have to be on the plant at those lower nodes to protect it prior to the arrival of the pathogen.In summary, for foliar pathogens there is time to let the plants recover and take a look later in the growing season to determine if the pathogens are present.  This is the year to focus those scouting efforts on highly susceptible varieties.  For historic white mold areas, this will be another year to implement measures on those highly to moderately susceptible varieties.last_img read more

Summer Intern needed

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentSummer Intern Position: Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami CountiesThe position will be located in Miami County and is a part-time position, 20-30/week. Position Summary.To apply please send resume and cover letter to:Miami County Farm Bureau 1554 McKaig Avenue Building B Troy, Ohio 45373 or email to [email protected]Deadline to apply: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Anticipated start date May 1.Primary Duties 1. Provide support/event coordination to county leaders on county program and special projects as assigned by the Organization Director in pursuit of Ohio Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureau goals and objectives. 2. Assist Organization Director with membership prospecting with agribusiness, local businesses, affinity partners, and other community groups in an effort to grow membership by developing business partnerships. 3. Assist Organization Director with membership prospecting with consumers and farmers in an effort to grow all individual/family membership classifications for members and supporters. 4.  Suggest new ideas and updates related to membership. 5. Assist Organization Director, County Office Administrator and county leaders in maintaining a robust social media presence in the area. 6. Assist County Office staff as assigned by the Organization Director in all areas of county office operations, to include but not limited to accounting, member correspondence, Nationwide agency support, member service and membership marketing. 7. Other duties as assigned by Organization Director.MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS -High School diplomaMINIMUM SKILL QUALIFICATIONS -Proficient in basic computer skills -Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and vehiclePREFERRED SKILL QUALIFICATIONS -Organizational skills -Capacity to motivate, enthuse and recognize volunteers -Public speaking abilitiesREQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS -Interest in agriculture/rural Issues -Knowledge or experience in agriculture   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Five remaining MPs who quit Bloc Quebecois caucus are coming back home

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Bloc is back.The final holdouts from the Bloc Quebecois rejoined the sovereigntist party Monday as Parliament resumed from its summer recess.All 10 of the Bloc MPs elected in 2015 are now back in the fold after leadership turmoil split them apart earlier this year.“Are we better off serving Quebec united or divided?,” asked interim Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu, accompanied by most of the returning cast at an Ottawa news conference. “To ask the question is to answer it.”Members met in Ottawa late Sunday to hammer out the details.The sovereigntist party had been in turmoil since February, when seven of its members quit over the leadership of then-leader Martine Ouellet.Bloc MPs were unhappy with Ouellet frequently talking about independence as opposed to concentrating on how to defend Quebec’s interests within the current Parliamentary system.They were also critical of her leadership style and accused her of being intransigent.Ouellet stepped down in June after garnering the support of just 32 per cent of members during a leadership vote.Two of the dissidents, Michel Boudrias and Simon Marcil, returned to the party shortly after her departure and the final five followed Monday.Since August, the party had embarked on a mission to bring back the remaining members, forming an executive that included those who were in favour of Ouellet’s leadership and those who were opposed.Beaulieu spent the last month working behind the scenes to rally the five holdouts, who’d formed a new party, Quebec debout.Longtime Bloc MP Louis Plamondon, the dean of the House with 34 years of uninterrupted service, said the atmosphere within the party had changed recently.“The situation is completely different,” said Plamondon, who helped found the Bloc. “There is a desire to work together that we did not feel at all a few months ago.”Plamondon said he was repeatedly told in his riding there shouldn’t be two Quebec sovereigntist parties at the federal level.last_img read more