Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Ohio Seed Improvement
OSIA had a busy year as interest in non GMO soybeans has increased in Ohio. This year our scouts covered 150,000 acres of soybeans, wheat, corn, popcorn, oats. rye, spelt, miscanthus, and weed free straw for our clients. This is the largest total since 2002 and is 23% larger than last year.
Soybeans was the bulk of this work at 125,000 acres with wheat in second at 14,000 acres. Not as much wheat got planted this wet fall so those acres will be down in 2015 but soybeans should be steady.
When I walk a soybean field, I am looking for varietal purity number one. It is counting flower colors in July or pod and hilum color in September basically. We also comment on all pests with weeds always being the number one pest.
It's a fun job if you enjoy walking fields and I have since I was big enough to walk. It's been a good education, too, seeing the various methods of producing crops for seed. Seed is such an important part of the farming industry.
I've written several blogs about scouting the past six years. You can read them here. There is nothing better than scouting your own fields, though, and I've been blessed to scout hundreds of acres of our own crops since 2004.
If you are interested in non GMO soybeans from Ohio for your farm or your state, Ohio Seed Improvement is a good place to start. If you need seed tested, they also offer a high quality seed lab at a reasonable price, Central Ohio Seed Testing.