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Controlling Voles: Field Mice
Voles: Field mice are really rebounding and we are expecting a lot of crop damage this year.  This article is timely because  now is the time to scout for voles!
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Vole preferences
Voles prefer the most high protein and low fiber cover crops like red clover >alfalfa>hairy vetch>soybeans.  They dislike the most canola>barley>cereal rye>Sorghum Sudan>Turnips. Low growing cover crops offer less shelter than high growing cover crops.  Mowing cover crops or planting cover crops with at least 50% winter kill may help reduce vole populations. 
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Making No-till Corn Succeed
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Adapting to Wet Spring Planting
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Soil Microbes
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Strip-till advantages
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Compaction or Poor soil structure
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Reducing Phosphorus Runoff
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Adapting to Extreme Weather
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Soil Nutrients Fact Sheet
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Micronutrient Fertilization
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PANTA Jim Hoorman Flyer Feb 2020
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The 24th class of No-Till Innovators have supported the adoption of cover crops, better nutrient management, improved soil health and timely, educational events and opportunities.
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Biology of Soil Compaction:  Describes how and why soils compact and what farm management practices can be implement to reduce soil compaction, and create healthy soils that are profitable and environmentally sound.
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Courting the Two Ms: In depth information about Metarhizium fungi (Insect parasites and Nitrogen enhancers) and Mycorrhizae fungi (P and micronutrient uptake, pest suppression, etc.) impact on creating healthy soils.
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Tire stubble Damage
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When Weeds Talk
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Food Nutrient Density
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Cover Crop Herbicide CarryOver
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Prescription Tillage Technology (PTT): STP Disc Blades
Contact Hoorman Soil Health Services: 419-421-7255
The cost for each blade is $56. 
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Paying for Carbon Credits
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Ohio Corn Performance Test
Northwest Ohio / South and Southwest Ohio


Conservation Best Management Practices
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