1. Soybean Planting Considerations

    Apr 17, 2017

    Over the past few years, with funding from Ohio Soybean Council, we’ve re-examined Ohio’s soybean planting date, row width, and seeding rate recommendations. Here are some things to keep in mind, as we approach planting:

  2. NEW!! 2016 Ohio Soybean Performance Trial Yield Data Available

    Nov 5, 2016

    Soybean yield data is now available for the 2016 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials.

    Sortable yield files and seed characteristic data (seed size, protein, oil, and fiber) will be available in approximately two weeks.

  3. Participate in Soybean Yield Limitation Study!

    Nov 2, 2016

    I am continuing a second year of a State‐Wide Project aimed at generating some baseline producer data on current soybean management practices in Ohio’s production systems. This project is funded by the Ohio Soybean Council and the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP). The project goal is to identify the key factors that preclude the State’s Soybean Producers from obtaining yields that should be potentially possible on their respective individual farms.

  4. Brown Pods, Green Stems- Laura Lindsey, Kelley Tilmon, and Andy Michel

    Nov 2, 2016

    Last week, we received a few comments about soybeans having mature pods, but the stems remaining green. Similar observations were made in 2012…another dry year. Green stems on soybean may be a result of a source/sink problem. With the hot and dry conditions this year, pod set was likely reduced. With a limited number of pods (sink), there are fewer places for the plant’s photosynthates (source) to go.

  5. Soybean Planting Date, Seeding Rate, and Row Width

    Apr 21, 2015

    Planting date.  Planting date (both too early and too late) can reduce soybean yield potential.  In 2013 and 2014, we conducted a planting date trial at the Western Agricultural Research Station near South Charleston, Ohio.  In both years, soybean yield decreased by 0.6 bu/ac per day when planting after mid-May.  The greatest benefit of planting May 1 to mid-May is canopy closure which increases light interception, improves weed control by shading out weeds, and helps retain soil moisture. 

  6. The 2014 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials

    Nov 24, 2014

    The purpose of the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials is to evaluate soybean varieties for yield and other agronomic characteristics. This evaluation gives soybean producers comparative information for selecting the best varieties for their unique production systems.

  7. Award Winning Graduate Students

    Nov 14, 2014

    The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America held its annual International Meeting last week in Long Beach, California. More than 4,000 scientists, porfessionals, educators, and students attend the meetings. Four Ohio State Horticulture and Crop Science graduate students won awards at the meeting.

  8. 2014 Ohio Wheat Performance Results Available

    Aug 18, 2014

    Results of the 2014 wheat performance evaluation are available at:  Currently, report text is unavailable.  However, tables with yield and agronomic characteristics are available online.

  9. Hail Damage to Soybean

    Aug 18, 2014

    On July 27, Hardin County experienced hail that damaged soybean at the R3 growth stage (beginning pod).  The R1 (beginning bloom) to R5 (beginning seed fill) stages are the most sensitive to defoliation.  At 50% defoliation when soybeans are at the R3 growth stage, we expect a 9-18% reduction in yield. 

  10. First Generation of Roundup Ready Soybean Trait Patent Set to Expire in 2015

    Jul 10, 2014

    The first generation of the RoundUp Ready® (RR1) soybean trait patent is set to expire in 2015.  This means that farmers can save seed with the RR1 trait for replant in spring 2015 if there are no other patents on the seed.  Farmers will need to check with their seed supplier before replanting saved seed.  Soybean seed can have both trait (i.e., RR1) and variety patents.  Although, the RR1 trait patent is set to expire, there may be other trait patents and/or variety patents that prohibit replanting saved seed.  If a farmer is legally able to save and replan