Improving yield topic for corn farmers at SW Ohio Corn College
By LEAH PHILLIPS
WILMINGTON — Learning ways to maximize resources was the takeaway for 55 farmers from eight counties at the 2013 SW Ohio Corn College held in Wilmington in January.
The college, sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and held in the Clinton County Extension Room on Nelson Avenue, featured five speakers for what organizers called a “cutting edge” program for producers.
The program was designed to help those in attendance better understand production, profit and Nitrogen usage.
“We’re wanting producers to stretch their yield and be efficient,” said Tony Nye, the OSU extension agent for Clinton County.
Dr. Peter Thomison, a professor of horticulture and crop science at OSU, opened up the seminar, specifically addressing what it would take to accomplish a yield of 300 bushels of corn per acre in our area by the year 2030.
Nye said it is of the utmost importance to him and others alike to utilize the acreage farmers have available now to improve yield, adding that reaching the 300-yield goal in the foreseeable future can be a reality for Ohio farmers.
Dr. Pierce Paul, an associate professor of the department of plant pathology at OSU, discussed costs as it relates to the use of fungicides. Paul talked about the rise, since 2007, in spraying corn crops with fungicidal agents and the cost per acre if used. Fungicides are now used to protect the yield.
Dr. James Camerato, an associate professor of the agronomy department of Purdue University, talked about the use of Nitrogen being added to the soil and its reaction. He also spoke about commonly used sources of Nitrogen, the impact of soil type, plant population and hybrids.
Barry Ward, an assistant Extension professor and leader production business management with OSU, and Alan Sundermeirer, the OSU Extension educator for Wood County, discussed the cost of an upcoming production year and the importance of covering crops to enhance profitability.
Tate Cockerill, who represented a sales team from southwest Ohio with Pioneer Hybrid said he enjoyed the program.
“I’m glad to see local growers. They confirmed some data our company is conducting research on,” Cockerill said.
(Leah Phillips is a senior at Wilmington College studying communications.)