Another look at 20 years of fertilizer recommendations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are likely as many varied opinions on the validity and the accuracy of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations as there are farms and soil types. No matter what that opinion may be from field to field, it is hard to deny that the document has had an incredible impact on crop production in Ohio.“The Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa were first published in 1995,” said Steve Culman, assistant professor of soil fertility at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and state Extension specialist in soil fertility. “It was the culmination of 40 years of calibrated field studies. They calibrated fertilizer rates with agronomic response. The idea is that it is a self-contained document that looks at the three macronutrients in our agronomic crops. For phosphorus and potassium it looks at soil test levels and the probability of seeing a yield response. This is a precursor to the 4 Rs in many ways. There is also some discussion of some secondary macronutrients and micronutrients as well.”The information from the recommendations has undoubtedly saved millions of dollars in on-farm fertilizer expenditures, helped contribute to increased yields, and had tremendous environmental benefits, but Culman knows there is still plenty of room for improvement for the 20-year-old document.“Since then, many things have changed in agriculture. We grow crops very differently than we did 20 years ago. We grow soybeans differently and genetics are different,” he said. “This was before glyphosate resistance and there is a lot more no-till now which changes how nutrients are cycled in soils. With the backdrop of water quality issues in the state today there is a lot of justification in re-looking at this and a lot of interest in revising things a little. Certain soil types are going to require more or less fertility  — not two or three times more or less — but we are looking at this with an open mind. We are entertaining the possibility that these recommendations may have been too high or too low.”With funding from the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff, the massive undertaking really got started in 2014.“Checkoff funding is really important for these kinds of projects because federal dollars are not used for regional research like this,” Culman said. “Last year we started our first field season looking at phosphorus and potassium in soybeans and that is continuing this year. We are looking at nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in corn and wheat too.”The research will result in a new updated document and recommendations within a few years.“We need good information and our process needs to be transparent. Several years from now we will have 50 and 100 site years per crop and nutrient to look at. That is the goal,” he said. “We are trying to collect as much data as we can in the next few years and see what it means and extract as much information from that as possible. My timeline for an official revision would be in three to five years. It may be broken down by state and even region, so it may not be tri-state any more. I am in contact with the state specialists at Michigan State and Purdue to see what we are going to do moving forward.” The success of the project is largely dependent on the cooperation from farmers and private agribusinesses.“The original was done primarily on OSU research farms over 30 or 40 years. We do not have that luxury now. The success of this project is incredibly reliant on farmers buying into this and wanting to be part of the solution for better nutrient management,” Culman said. “We are branching out to work with not only Extension researchers, but also people in the industry like crop consultants, ag retailers, co-op agronomists, and CCAs. The devil is in all the details of coordinating that. There are a lot of moving parts to this.”This year the field trial numbers will be increasing as the research continues.“We have more than 20 growers putting trials out. Last year we had 10. The majority of the folks we are working with will be putting in trials this fall when the majority of fertilizer is applied, though there are a few sites going in this summer,” Culman said. “We have around 30 different OSU sites going in this year as well. We are working with a dozen or so private consultants and if others are interested in working with us, we are more than happy to add more. We are getting the wrinkles ironed out, but we have money in the budget to put out a lot of different sites. We are trying to scale up and make farmers aware that we are running fertilizer trials. We are appreciative of the growers who are working with us now and hope to get more. We are very flexible about the size of the plots.”To get relevant results, Culman is looking for adequate representation of the soil types in the state.“We are working at getting a good representation of the variability that is out there in the state. There are sites on research farms and small plot work on private land. It is a mix of small and large plots but it is all replicated to get sound data,” Culman said. “We are especially interested in low testing soils. If you are just renting new ground where the fertility has been neglected — those sites are hard to come by. The research is really looking at low testing N, P and K fields. There are a lot of well-managed, productive fields already. We are looking for as diverse of a sample as we can get.“For a field plot, we look at a pre-season soil sample, then mid-season tissue test, yield, and nutrient content in the grain for an elemental analysis. You scale the test strips to the size of your equipment. The farmer can pick the nutrients they want to look at. So for soybeans and phosphorus, for example, where they use a spinner spreader, they would have a strip of phosphorus and an unfertilized strip. That will be replicated three times. Then we do a mid-season tissue sample at flowering and then look at yields and get some of the grain for analysis. A lot of the farmers want to do it themselves and we can work with them to do it as well.”The participants get to see all of the results for their plots and receive an honorarium for their participation and cooperation.“It is a commitment of time, but we are flexible and it is not a large time commitment. All the data is anonymous and all the data from the individual’s farm will be given to them. We are just trying to see what is out there,” he said. “It does cost a little bit of time but we hopefully pay for that. And really, the only way you are going to know what is happening with your fertility is if you conduct a trial.  In terms of smart economics, this can really help with one of the main things you are spending money on. You don’t want too much fertilizer out there but we don’t want too little either.”The individual results will be combined for the eventual recommendations.“We envision the next generation of recommendations to include digital media like apps or software to generate fertility recommendations based on your soil test values. We see this as a more fluid document that can be revised as we learn more. An electronic resource is more conducive to those kinds of changes,” Culman said. “The data will be published and available so farmers can have it to make their own decisions. Keeping this process open and transparent will help dispel some myths about nutrient management.”With the incredible focus on nutrient management and water quality issues in Ohio in recent years, the reassessment of fertility recommendations takes on even broader implications than 20 years ago, particularly for phosphorus.“We can either be proactive about this or sit on our hands and let this be regulated. Most people I have talked to are reserving judgment about whether the current phosphorus recommendations are too high or too low,” Culman said. “We know there are problem areas out there and that there are all kinds of approaches. This is primarily a document focused on rate, but maybe rate is not the most important part of improving water quality. We don’t know that yet.”In the end, no fertility recommendation is going to be perfect for every field every year, but Culman thinks that significant improvements can be made that will lead to improved nutrient management on farms in the future.“There are some people who say the Tri-State is too high, some say it is too low and some that think it is right on. We want to get growers the best possible information to manage their farms and give them the confidence that our information is reliable. That is what we want to do,” he said. “We want to keep folks that are selling fertilizer honest in terms of their recommendations. You need current information to make the best decisions and we are just hoping to make this a transparent process and provide the best possible recommendations. And, better nutrient management is ultimately going to reduce runoff and provide more nutrient use efficiency and better profitability.  There will never be 100% certainty, but we are hoping to get a lot better information to help growers make decisions.”For more information, contact Culman at culman.2@osu.edu or (330) 263-3787. For much more on the soybean checkoff, visit the Soybean Rewards web page at http://www.soyohio.org/council/for-ohio-farmers/soybean-rewards/. Also, see the related video at ocj.com by searching for keywords “Culman fertility.”last_img read more

With some major exceptions, new deal has old NAFTA feel

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetRight before a deadline set by President Trump, the U.S. and Canada came to an agreement on the framework for an updated North American Free Trade Agreement, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s a shot in the arm for American agriculture, which has been struggling as trade disputes with U.S. trading partners dragged on.“It’s the first step in really getting us from this summer of disruption in global trade and getting us back to a fall of business resumption and that will bring stability in North American markets,” said Daniel Ujczo, International Trade and Customs Lawyer with Dickinson-Wright in Columbus. “I think over the next 60 days we will start to see steel and aluminum tariffs lifted which will end the retaliation in Mexico. That will be good news for the agriculture community, who will not have to worry so much about losing those customers not only in Mexico, but throughout the Americas.”While it’s good news, he says there’s still significant work to do, including getting the agreement through Congress. He says timing forced the U.S. and Canada to come to an agreement.“The clock was critical here,” Ujczo said. “At the end of the day that clock was being driven by the fact that we are seeing a transition of power in Mexico with a new President taking office on Dec. 1. He made is real clear that he did not want to reopen a deal with the United States and so the whole goal is to get this new deal signed before he took office.”Ujczo says the economies of all three countries are very intertwined with each other because of the original NAFTA deal. That meant coming away with no updated agreement would have made things much more difficult.“Trade would continue in North America, even if there was no framework, but it would continue in a very haphazard way,” Ujczo said. “There would always be the threat of tariffs, threats of the whims of whoever might be in the White House, Mexico City or Ottawa and there could have been drastic consequences if we might not have reached a deal. I think it might have even been problematic if we only went forward with a deal with Mexico. That became clear this past week. Congress, as important as they saw the idea of locking down a deal with Mexico, is that they wanted to make sure Canada was part of it.”Canada and the U.S. both made significant concessions to come to an agreement. Canada is ending its Class 7 milk system and allowing U.S. dairy farmers more access to the Canadian market. Overall, Ujczo says it looks like an improved deal for the United States.“Half of the old NAFTA looks like it’s getting a fresh coat of paint, looking like a modernized trade deal and the other half of this agreement is getting some new fixtures and upgrades,” Ujczo said. “We are going to see some things with technology and customs and border issues that will make it easier for companies and even farmers that ship good across the border. That is an upgrade. But we also saw the President knock down some walls with dairy being at the top of the list with Canada, which made some significant concessions on dairy going farther than they were willing to go in other past trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership.”The new United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement is now on its way to each respective government for approval. For the U.S., that isn’t expected to happen until after the November elections.last_img read more

Rain or Shine dumps Magnolia for 3rd straight win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READ Raymond Almazan vs Ian Sangalang. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine raced to the top four of the standings after brushing off league-leader Magnolia, 101-95, in the PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Calasiao Sports Complex.The Elasto Painters are all alone at the no. 4 spot of with a 5-3 card while the Hotshots absorbed their second straight loss to drop to third seed at 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rain or Shine, which never trailed for the full 48 minutes, asserted its dominance as early as the second quarter going on a 16-4 run to end the first half with a 47-35 lead. Ed Daquioag gave the Elasto Painters their biggest lead of the game at 21 points, 67-46, after he converted on a three-point play with 5:41 left in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRaymond Almazan led Rain or Shine with 23 points, six rebounds, and three blocks while James Yap, one of biggest stars of the Magnolia franchise, added 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists for the Elasto Painters.Gabe Norwood and Maverick Ahanmisi both had 12 points for Rain or Shine while also grabbing a combined 15 rebounds. View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Cobb stars as La Salle halts late UP rally to stay unbeaten John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Aldrech Ramos paced the Hotshots with 27 points. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

2 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde: I don’t care about Koeman rumours

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde: I don’t care about Koeman rumoursby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed rumours linking Ronald Koeman with his job.It’s emerged the Holland coach has a break clause in his contract should a club of the status of Barca express interest.The situation has immediately seen Koeman linked with a return to the Nou Camp.But Valverde says: “I do not know the situation of other coaches.”When we coach Barça, we still have a lot of rumors, but this does not mean anything to me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

J.T. Barrett Asked For Special Treatment During Arrest, Per TMZ

first_imgJ.T. Barrett walking off the field after losing the fiesta bowl.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Update: Here is video of the arrest, from TMZ.Earlier: TMZ has landed video of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s citation for OVI, and according to the gossip site, it doesn’t reflect well on him. They have not released the video yet, but according to their first write-up, Barrett tells officers that he is the Buckeyes quarterback, and seems to ask for special treatment.JT Barrett Arrest Video — ‘I’M THE QB OF OHIO STATE’ … ‘There’s Nothing You Can Do?’ https://t.co/KrsK4nchdw— TMZ (@TMZ) November 12, 2015TMZ Sports obtained the dash cam footage from the October 31 incident — in which you can clearly see Barrett’s SUV pull out of a line for an upcoming DUI checkpoint … catching the attention of an officer who pulled him over. … That’s when Barrett plays the “don’t you know who I am?” card … saying, “I’m the quarterback of Ohio State … officer, there’s nothing you can do?” The officer responds, “My intention is to not take you to jail. That’s about the best I can do for you.” Once Barrett sits in the back seat of the cruiser, he begins to scream obscenities to himself … “F**K!!! F**K!!!”Perhaps this should be a surprise, but it is not a great look for Barrett, who is expected to start Saturday against Illinois after a one game suspension following his arrest. Barrett’s case was settled Tuesday, resulting in a suspension of his license and a $400 fine.last_img read more

Nick Jonas Visits Childrens Hospital At Montefiore

first_imgOn September 8, Nick Jonas met and performed for patients at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, where he delivered the healing power of music to the kids with Musicians on Call.Nick Jonas With A Patient At Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreMusicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Since 1999, they have performed for nearly half a million individuals and counting!Nick Jonas surprises patients with Musicians On Call at a visit to Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreNick Jonas At Children’s Hospital at Montefiore on September 8, 2014 in New York CityCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at MontefioreCharlie Walk EVP of Republic Records, Nick Jonas and Pete Griffin President of Musicians on CallCredit/Copyright: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiorelast_img read more

KILLING EVE IS KILLING IT

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook “…KILLING EVE is relentlessly engaging and surprising where it’s least expected, making for the next must-see show of 2018.” – The Hollywood Reporter“…KILLING EVE is a gorgeous scoop of sinister.” – SalonOn Metacritic, a site that aggregates reviews, KILLING EVE currently has score of 83, making it one of the best-reviewed on the site this year. The Ringer clearly agrees, as they rank KILLING EVE among “The Best TV of 2018—So Far.”The love for the series’ first season doesn’t stop there. At the upcoming Television Critics Association Awards, KILLING EVE is up for five awards, the most nominations for any series this year. Both Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama, while the series itself is nominated for Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, and Program of the Year.Sandra Oh is Back!Best known for her 10-year run as Cristina Yang on GREY’S ANTOMY, Sandra Oh makes a triumphant return to television in KILLING EVE as Eve, a quick-witted but bored MI5 security services operative whose desk job conflicts with her ambitions of being a spy. The role, which she told Vogue has “taken me 30 years to get,” has netted Oh significant praise from critics, with Salon stating “KILLING EVE belongs to Sandra Oh” and The Atlantic noting that “Oh anchors the show.” Vulture went so far as to proclaim that “the best actress on TV is KILLING EVE’s Sandra Oh” Meet Villanelle!Every cat needs its mouse and Villanelle is one psychopathic mouse. Played by Jodie Comer, Villanelle is a polished, highly skilled killer-for-hire, or as Rolling Stone describes her, “a cheeky, blithely amoral girl’s girl with a penchant for nice clothes, a deep love of her craft (i.e. brutally murdering people against a variety of European backdrops in highly creative ways) and a doomed longing for a friend who really gets her.”Vanity Fair calls the character “one of the most magnetic, roguish psychopaths in TV history.” Comer, who “is exceptional in the role,” according to The Atlantic, deserves some of credit for the acclaim, as Waller-Bridge told Rolling Stone “she didn’t so much run with the character as shoot off into space with her.”KILLING EVE premieres Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. Press screeners for the first two episodes are available now (login using your media site credentials). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FLEABAG), and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, KILLING EVE is a genre-bending cat-and-mouse spy thriller starring Canadian actress Sandra Oh as Eve, an MI5 operative who is tasked with tracking down the psychopathic contract killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer, THE WHITE PRINCESS).  The critically-acclaimed suspenseful drama makes it Canadian debut Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and it’s bringing its buzz with it! Here’s why Canadians should be excited:This Trailer!Critics Love It! They Really Love It!“KILLING EVE is a funny, witty, bright show…” – Slatelast_img read more

Calgary real estate market lags behind in Canada

first_imgA new report from MoneySense Magazine says Calgary is currently a lousy place to buy real estate.Claire Brownell helped write the article, and says our city ranked 33 out of 35 markets across the country.“The only cities that did worse were St. John, New Brunswick and Saskatoon and this is just because the city’s real estate market continues to struggle with the collapse of oil prices that happened a few years ago,” she said.Calgary scored poorly on price appreciation, economy and income potential, though Brownell says there are some early signs that things are turning around.Brantford, Ontario finished as the best place to buy right now thanks to its strong local economy, and relative value compared to nearby markets.last_img

New natural gas producer members back 3million gas clean tech program

first_imgCALGARY — An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals.The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities.The new members include the Canadian branches of two partners in the proposed $40-billion West Coast LNG Canada project: Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas; along with Canada’s largest natural gas producer, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Fund managing director John Adams says the new program will target projects in the upstream or producing part of the industry, making up to $1 million available per project to cover as much as 25 per cent of its eligible expenses.Adams says the fund, created by the Canadian Gas Association, has over the past two years issued about $9 million to projects focused on energy efficiency.The fund is also announcing a partnership with federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments to collaborate and consider co-funding successful applicants with projects that deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.The upstream fund members were introduced at an event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday.“As a producer of natural gas, we’re big believers in the need for affordable, clean energy for all people worldwide,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in a statement.“In an age where technology has become the catalyst for exponential advancements in our industry, we’re excited to be involved in the Natural Gas Innovation Fund which pursues diversity of thought and provides a platform for sharing solutions.” Companies in this article: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Man held with Rs 30 lakh in laptop bag at Esplanade

first_imgKolkata: A huge amount of money has been recovered from Kolkata on Monday evening. The person who was carrying the money, identified as Koushik Nath, was arrested.According to sources, before the 5th phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the special branch of Kolkata Police was alerted that antisocial elements may cross Ganga using ferry services and roads to reach Kolkata, after before and on the day of the poll. Based on the alert, senior officials of Kolkata Police had decided to keep a close watch on the Howrah-Kolkata bordering areas. As a precautionary measure, a good number of police personnel were deployed to keep a strict vigil on the ferry ghats and other places, using which antisocial elements could have gone out from Kolkata and come from Howrah. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the special naka-checking, many persons were intercepted and questioned. Special teams comprising plain clothed police personnel also patrolled the areas to locate any suspicious movement. While doing so on Monday evening, a team from Hare Street police station noticed a person standing at the Esplanade bus terminus with a laptop bag, which seemed suspicious as it looked overstuffed. When some police personnel asked him to stop, Nath reportedly did not respond to their calls and behaved as if he did not hear anything. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen Nath did not stop walking despite repeated calls, some police personnel went to him and asked him to show the contents of his bag. He refused and when police personnel tried to get hold of his bag, Nath allegedly tried to flee from the spot with his bag. However, as he was surrounded by the sleuths from Hare Street police station, he was trapped and was detained immediately. During a subsequent search of his laptop bag, sleuths found bundles of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. Wasting no time, Nath was taken to the police station. After counting the bundles, sleuths found that he was carrying Rs 30 lakh. Nath was interrogated about the source of the money and to whom he was about to deliver it. Sources informed that the accused had stated that he was from Burdwan and he was to deliver the money somewhere in East Midnapore. As the 6th phase of the Lok Sabha elections is scheduled to take place there on May 12, it is suspected that the money was supplied to use illegally during the election. He has been arrested and the information of recovery of money has been passed on to the Income Tax department and Election Commission for further action.last_img read more