Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The warm temperatures and sunny weather encouraged a strong crowd at this year’s Farm Science Review, which always makes it fun for us at the OCJ/OAN barn. With more visitors, we get the chance to talk with more people about the hot topics of the day.There were 46,680 in attendance for Tuesday’s opening day. Wednesday was the highest-attended day with 54,910 visitors and 24,200 visitors attended the show Thursday for a total of around 125,790 visitors over the show’s three-day run. That gave us plenty to talk about.The most common topic of discussion in our conversation was the impending harvest. We heard about a widely variable crop around the state, some corn stalk standability concerns and the recent ear mold developments. Ty Higgins caught up with Seed Consultants, Inc. agronomist Matt Hutcheson at the show for an update from the Ohio fields affected by drought conditions mid-season and too much rain late in the growing season.“In some areas we have seen higher incidences of anthracnose stalk rot and we have seen some corn going down. We saw hybrids cannibalizing the plant so we had weaker stalks to begin with this fall,” Hutcheson said. “We’re seeing some ear rots develop whether it is Gibberella, Diplodia, Fusarium, or Aspergillus in some areas where we had those rains right after silking. It is important to scout fields to see if we have ear rots and what ear rots we have and prepare to potentially deal with mycotoxins in the grain. We need to make sure to harvest that grain early, dry it down below 15% moisture and keep it segregated. Store it separately from corn not affected by ear rots.”Agronomists at the Review were also talking about shattering soybeans early in the harvest due to the dry then wet conditions. Another very common subject of discussion in the OCJ barn was the entirely cabless, autonomous concept Case IH Magnum on display at the show. Visitors doubted, speculated and re-assessed the practicality of such a piece of equipment that could be at work in Ohio fields in the not-too-distant future.Based on the existing Case IH Magnum and New Holland T8 high-horsepower conventional tractors, and using GPS in conjunction with the most accurate satellite correction signals for ultra-precise guidance and immediate recording and transmission of field data, the CNH Industrial autonomous tractor concept has been designed to allow completely remote deployment, monitoring and control of the machines. The New Holland version features a cab. There were many opinions on this technology and its future, but my guess is that autonomous technology will be in on-farm use sooner than many would believe.Discussions of crop prices were typically short and ended with a sad sigh and a headshake. Of course, the weather is always a source of discussion at a farm show too. The high temperatures brought about a bit of grumbling from some but were certainly not enough to deter attendance.We also enjoy eating and talking about the giant doughnuts from the OSU media folks, repeated trips to the Ohio Cattlewomen’s tent for a delicious rib-eye sandwich and a good, crunchy apple after a long day of hot walking. As always, there was plenty to enjoy about the 2016 Farm Science Review, but most of all we love to see you! Thanks to all who stopped by to put the “you” in our 2016 Farm Science Review.