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Managing soil compaction: Part 2

By Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State soil management specialist                               It has been wet out there so far this fall and as the harvest gets later, there will be a growing temptation to get out into fields …

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Livestock Care Standards signed into effect

Today, Ohio Agriculture Director James Zehringer signed the final administrative order to put into effect Ohio’s comprehensive livestock care standards. It was only the 17th amendment to Ohio’s constitution since 1803. “This is pretty historic,” Zehringer said. “I think we’ve given the farmers of the state of Ohio a good …

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Managing soil compaction: Part 1

By Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State soil management specialist Farmers are eager to harvest soybeans and corn but the fields are very soggy in much of Ohio. Therefore, the danger of causing soil compaction is high.  Here are some ways to increase the resilience of the soil to compaction, to avoid …

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Drying corn could be costly this fall

In a season marked by significant precipitation prior to planting and recent rains leading into harvest, farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt might expect corn coming out of the field at a higher moisture content than usual. Higher moisture corn could lead to higher energy costs for farmers this fall, …

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Exports add significant value to Ohio farm revenue

Amid a visit to Ohio by a Taiwan soybean and corn delegation to sign letters of intent to purchase corn and soybeans, Ohio State University agricultural economist Ian Sheldon said the export of agricultural products adds significantly to farm revenues. “Look at Ohio itself, we exported over $2.5 billion of agricultural …

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Between the Rows-September 26, 2011

“It quit raining this morning but it is really wet. If there are any bare spots you can see pockets of water sitting around. This time of year when the days are getting shorter and it gets cooler, the ground just doesn’t dry out. We really don’t need any more …

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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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