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Seed selection is only the beginning to a plentiful forage harvest; check out additional articles on soil testing, root development and timing to help you succeed.

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For more than 25 years many forage producers have been successful in no-till seeding small-seeded crops. In recent years with the introduction of more no-till drills, more and more producers are adopting no-till as the preferred method of forage crop establishment.

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Frost on young corn doesn't necessarily mean the "kiss of death," says R.L. Nielsen of Purdue University.

"What is more important is whether the temperature that accompanied the frost event was lethal or not," he says. "Most agronomists agree that 'lethally cold' temperatures for young corn are those that dip to 28 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for some minimum length of time.

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According to research at the University of Illinois, Sudangrass is proving to be an effective summer smother crop.

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The state of Ohio produced record corn yields last year, and now that growers know what their fields can do, they're hoping to extract even more this year, says Ohio State University Extension agronomist Peter Thomison.

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There are many critical times affecting final yield in the life of a corn plant. However, there is none more important than establishing an optimum stand.

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Lime is used to raise soil pH levels when soil tests reveal levels below the optimal range. Defined, pH is the negative log of the hydrogen ion concentration. More simply stated, lime (calcium hydroxide) is used to knock hydrogen off of the soil nutrient exchange sites.

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