Alex Johnson, Sales/Agronomist at LG Seeds says after a challenging 2012, he’s looking forward to 2013 and when it comes the some new products that will be available, he’s even more excited. With 65 percent of their production fields under irrigation, Johnson says supplies shouldn’t be a concern. The LG Seeds Sales/Agronomist is also excited about the performance LG Seeds has seen so far this fall and how well they’ve done compared to the competition.
From what’s he’s seeing, Alex Johnson, State Agronomist for LG Seeds in Ohio is encouraging farmers to be scouting fields at least twice weekly.
“Look at your fields for black cutworm damage, also in bean fields, look for marestail,” said Johnson. “I’ve seen many fields with four to six inch marestail which gets very hard to control as a post application, and lastly look for bean leaf beetle, feeding at 40 percent or more defoliation could mean a pesticide application is warranted.”
Johnson adds that other than those areas that received excessive rain, the corn crop in Ohio overall is looking good.
At the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Greene County Agricultural Research Center on Tuesday, May 15, Greene County Career Center Superintendent, Dan Schroer announced a partnership with LG Seeds.
“The exciting part is, they are going to be working with our agriculture programs at Xenia High School, Cedarville High School and Greeneview High School,” said Schroer. “We have we over 250 students enrolled in those programs and those students will now have a land laboratory working with agronomists, working with soil scientists to be able to learn about soil science, crop science and data collection.”
Alex Johnson, state agronomist for LG Seeds in Ohio tells Brownfield they’ll be conducting Practical Farm Research trials on 40 acres at the Greene County Agricultural Research Center, involving not only students, but also area farmers.
“Local farmers will be a key piece in this, as they help with farming operations and the application of different products and LG Seeds will be supplying all of the seed for the trials,” said Johnson.
Planning will begin this summer, with fall herbicide and tillage operations taking place this fall.