Tag Archives: corn

Five gallons of death

That sounds pretty yucky.  And it should.  Hidden within this bucket are almost five full gallons of dead Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica).  These insects are serious herbivores and in significant numbers can render serious harm. In the face of an outbreak of these fiendish little coleopterans one might choose to spray chemicals, deploy pheromone traps, […]

Linus and Lucy?

George and Martha? Bill and Hillary? Mark Antony and Cleopatra? Well, none really. But if you had to pick one of these couples, A, B, C, or D – which makes the most sense? A – Linus and Lucy; brother and sister and supposedly full sibs. The seedlings shown here are hybrid corn seedlings. Single […]

How much is enough?

The world of global industrial agriculture is a commercial effort on a grand scale. While tempting, it really is too big a boast to suggest industrial ag might feed us all.  Clearly there are billions who feed themselves without a significant contribution from industrial ag interests.  But whether such a grandiose boast is tenable or […]

Some people

In the previous post I mentioned traveling to northern Ohio locations to check on soybean research plots.  If you are not excited by a vast expanse of flat earth festooned with soybean field and corn field followed closely by another soybean field which is in turn followed by another corn field for mile after mile and […]

Busy neighbors

I work across a wide swath of central and northwestern Ohio. Our group is specifically active in four counties: Henry and Sandusky in the northwest and north central respectively; and Champaign and Madison in the central part of the state.  We also collaborate with other soybean scientists throughout the North American soy belt, but that […]

If that’s leading, not sure I want to follow

Yes, very quiet on this front.  Sorry. Very quickly now – news just across the radar this morning shows Monsanto reporting less income in 2015 vs. 2014 and then in the same story their plan to cut 2,600 jobs in the coming months.  Agriculture is a tough business.  There are ups and downs.  Monsanto’s corn seed […]

Tit for tat on habitat

As we make our way on planet earth these days more and more pressure is exerted on the resources we use. Farming is a major resource consuming activity and frequently lands in the sights of ecologists and conservationists motivated to preserve and protect resources both for our own future and for the present and future […]

Farming in the U.S.

Hunting and gathering may have been de rigueur in the Ohio valley a thousand years ago, but over the last 500 years more deliberate attempts have been made to scratch a living from this particular piece of earth.  Caucasian settlement of the Ohio valley has a history of almost 250 years now, virtually all centered […]

Some helpful rain

Over an inch and a half of rain has fallen here in the last 36 hours.  A welcome meteorological gift – it didn’t fall all at once, and soils here were not saturated so it didn’t run off.  Our creeks and rivers are not overflowing at the moment (and our prayers go out for those […]

Two edges of the same sword

Being number one is awesome, or a major pain depending upon point of reference.  Being number two is almost as awesome, and simultaneously only a bit less painful than number one when viewed from the same perspectives.  It’s great to be first, you get the most attention.  It’s a pain because everyone else wants to […]