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    Monitoring and Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila in Fruit Crops

    Apr 19, 2024

    Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila suzukii) is an invasive vinegar fly that attacks otherwise healthy, ripening soft-bodied fruits. SWD is native to southeastern Asia and arrived in other countries via overseas trade of infested fruit (Rota-Stabelli et al., 2013).
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    Narrow Row Spacing in Corn: Management Considerations for Ohio

    Apr 8, 2024

    Optimizing corn yields involves considering various factors such as planting date, hybrid maturity, row spacing, plant population, and input levels (Ahmad et al., 2010). Growers, facing the challenges of variable weather, new technologies, and advanced genetics are continually seeking ways to enhance yields and improve operational efficiency, productivity, and profitability at the farm level. In recent years, these dynamics have led to some interest in producing corn (Zea mays L.) in narrow-row-spacing conditions.
  3. Farmer standing in the middle of corn crop with dark clouds overhead.

    Managing Corn in Response to Severe Storms and Short-Term Weather Stressors

    Apr 3, 2024

    Weather patterns for corn production are shifting throughout the United States. The midwestern and eastern United States are experiencing increases in total precipitation as well as in heavy precipitation events (Wilson, et al., 2022; Wilson, et al., 2023; Jay, et al., 2023), indicating more frequent and intense storms than experienced in the past.