Crops

New soybean export opportunities to China

It’s no secret that China’s domestic soybean production has been declining since 2004/05, due to a change in their corn price support policy. Since then, China’s soybean import volume has been increasing to meet the growing demand from the crushing industry to supply the needs for soybean meal and soy oil. But an exciting new [...]

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Long-term weather and prospects for recovery of corn prices

Corn and other grain prices have declined sharply since 2013 and have recently been as low as $3 per bushel on a monthly average basis. The low level of prices has prompted some observers to declare that the “new era” in grain prices that began late in 2006 has come to an end. Whether the [...]

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Bower to lead Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association

The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) Board of Directors elected officers for 2017. Executive committee positions include the offices of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. Those elected to an officer position are responsible for the implementation of board policies and procedures, as well as carrying out the roles for their respective office. Fifth [...]

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Eastern Russian plant collection could improve cold hardiness in miscanthus

Winters in eastern Russia are intensely cold, with air temperatures regularly reaching -30 degrees Fahrenheit in some locations. It is a seemingly inhospitable climate, but native plants have found ways to thrive there. University of Illinois plant geneticist Erik Sacks suspected one of these plants may hold the key to breeding cold-tolerant food and biomass [...]

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Fruit and veggie conference

A conference for fruit and vegetable growers is set for Feb. 7 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland. The Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference offers “a little something for everyone,” said Greg Meyer, Ohio State University Extension educator in Warren County and event organizer. “We have hosted a grower school for [...]

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Are weather scares worth watching?

The impact of social media is going far beyond sharing the latest cute pet videos or what President-elect Trump is saying on Twitter. Case in point: viral weather stories are influencing farmer decisions and what they may receive for their corn and soybeans. That’s according to Ryan Martin, a respected agricultural meteorologist with Advantage Weather [...]

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Chuck Inkrott (center, grey jacket) offers insights and information to the Latin American Trade Team during their visit to Glandorf Feed Company.

Friendly faces of Ohio agriculture help to expand international trade

International grain trade is a high dollar business of capital and clout and the U.S. is a world leader. The jaw-dropping global-sized trade deals, huge dollar figures and massive logistical undertakings of trade decisions affect countless people, often get their start through simple person-to-person relationships. Profound friendships and vast amounts of trust are a requirement, [...]

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Farmers and the market waiting for key reports

Producers and traders alike will anxiously be awaiting several USDA reports in coming weeks. First, will be the Jan. 12 USDA supply and demand report. It will be the final production report for 2016 U.S. corn and soybean production as well as a day for the quarterly grains stocks report as of Dec. 1, 2016. [...]

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Planning for high yielding soybeans

When planning for the upcoming growing season, it can be easy to focus more energy on corn production as it has traditionally been the more intensively managed crop. However, producers who put in the effort to manage their soybean crop have proven it is possible to attain high yields of 70+ bushels per acre. Below [...]

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West Ohio Agronomy Day Jan. 9

The 2017 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 9th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. with a marketing update from Sunrise Cooperative at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. the Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the two-hour Fertilizer Applicator [...]

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