Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wheat Crop Update, Beef Cattle Letter, Avian Influenza Update, Intern Starts

Wheat Update

After seemingly being behind throughout the month of April, the wheat crop in Ohio has “changed gears” and in now heading out in some areas – do not be deceived by the fact that plants still look short in some fields. Heading in early-mid May is not uncommon for southern Ohio, but is early for northern counties. The forecast is for cool conditions over the next two days (60s and lower 70s), which could potentially slow down the progress of the crop, but not for long, warmer temperatures (80s) and rain are in the forecast for this weekend and early next week (May 18). Early-heading fields will likely reach anthesis (flowering) late next week. Scab and vomitoxin become our biggest concerns at this time of the wheat season. Keep your eyes on the weather and the scab forecasting ( and alert systems, and be prepared to apply a fungicide (Prosaro or Caramba at full label-recommended rates) at flowering.

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The May 13, issue # 935, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at:

Regardless if we’re ready or not, the maturity stage of our forages suggest it’s once again time to make hay. More about that in this week’s letter.

Articles this week include:

• Hay Quality Is Improved by Understanding How it Dries
• Hauling Pregnant Cows
• First Look at the 2015 Corn Crop
• Looking into Meat Animals PDI

Avian Influenza

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in additional four flocks in Iowa and South Dakota. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time. CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.

More flocks have been confirmed with the Avian Influenza in Iowa and South Dakota. This link will give you the latest update. Avian Influenza Update from USDA-APHIS

Summer Intern

Taylor Dill has begun her summer internship in our office. She will be assisting me as we do On-Farm Research to continue to address and research nutrient management and water quality issues. Taylor will be paid by a grant secured by the Ohio State University Ag Crops team. Look for more information about her in the future.

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