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Harvest underway around the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday afternoon that the 2011 corn harvest is 15% complete, one percentage point below the five-year average but lower than last year’s harvest by 11 points. At the same time, the corn condition is rated at 80% fair-to-excellent. “This is such an important and …

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Soybean prices sliding

Soybean prices have been trending downward in recent weeks. The November CME Group futures peaked at $14.65 a bushel on the last day of August. The same contract traded more than two dollars lower on Sept. 26. The sharp decline, thinks University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good, reflects the …

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Be a student reporter for the Ohio Ag Net & OCJ

Calling All Ohio FFA Members! We’re looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters at the 2011 National FFA Convention and the 2012 Ohio FFA Convention for the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal FFA Section on ohioagnet.com/ocj.com.   Student Reporters: • Find newsworthy people …

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Be a student reporter for the Ohio Ag Net & OCJ

Calling All Ohio FFA Members! We’re looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters at the 2011 National FFA Convention and the 2012 Ohio FFA Convention for the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal FFA Section on ohioagnet.com/ocj.com.   Student Reporters: • Find newsworthy people …

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Ramseyer Farms offers fun in the fall

By Matt Reese Ohio has a rich history of famous people, fascinating places and interesting events that could take a lifetime to learn. Or, visitors could learn about Ohio by simply spending an autumn afternoon at Ramseyer Farms in their perennially popular Ohio Maze just outside of Wooster in Wayne …

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Brown introduces legislation to overhaul farm subsidies

The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) recognizes U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his plan to present legislation to restructure the nation’s current agricultural-assistance structure. “The Farm Bill has to be an energy bill, a conservation bill, a rural development bill, a food bill and provide a strong …

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Review review: FSR photo gallery

The final day of the Farm Science Review had the most cooperative weather and attendance was 28,774. The total attendance over three days was 134,734 visitors. Corn yields were in the 160- to 170-bushel range and moisture levels were generally around 33%. The harvest conditions and the grounds could best be …

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Taiwanese delegation agrees to buy Ohio corn and soybeans

A Taiwanese delegation visited Ohio as part of the Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to sign letters of intent to purchase Ohio corn and soybeans. Matt Reese spoke with Monte Berg, chairman of the Ohio Corn Marketing program, who explained  the diversity of the delegation and how this will impact …

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Ruff’s Seed Farms celebrates 75 years

By Matt Reese In the mid 1930s, hybrid seed corn had not yet changed the world of agriculture, but early innovators recognized its potential to do so. One of those innovators was Herb Ruff. Ruff was farming 110 acres just outside of Amanda in southern Fairfield County when he decided …

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