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No days off: Stover puts in work to prepare for football and the farm

By Brianna Gwirtz, OCJ field reporter

The field is where Cade Stover feels the most at home — not just on the football field, donning his No. 16 Ohio State jersey, but also the hay field, and in the driver’s seat of a tractor. Stover may be known for his athletic career, but his farming background is what sets him apart. 

The 6-foot 4-inch 255-pound tight end is poised for big things this season (and this weekend against Oregon) for the Buckeyes. In 2020 he moved into the role from the linebacker position. He also played a key role on special teams. He made three tackles in 2020, including two against Michigan State, and also forced a fumble. Stover played in four games as a true freshman for the Buckeyes in 2019 and redshirted.

Stover made an impression on the coaching staff with his work ethic this summer, which will hopefully translate into more playing time in 2021.… Continue reading

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Wheat harvest, corn silking ahead of normal

Winter wheat harvest made significant progress last week, with growers reporting average to above average yields, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 2% very short, 34% short, 62% adequate, and 2% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on July 7 was 73.0 degrees, 1.1 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.90 inches of precipitation, 0.01 inches above average. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 7.

Farmers reported continued dry conditions in the South. Corn condition was rated 74% good to excellent while soybean condition was rated 73% good to excellent, each up from the previous week. Winter wheat was 88% harvested. Winter wheat crop condition was rated 77% good to excellent, up from the previous week. Oat progress advanced 84% headed and 3% mature. Crop condition for oats was rated 82% good to excellent, up slightly from the previous week.… Continue reading

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Scorching days lead to parched lands

Conditions turned very dry with extreme heat, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 19 percent very short, 42 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on June 23 was 80.2 degrees, 9.6 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.41 inches of precipitation, 0.48 inches below average. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 23.

Farmers reported crop stress with the lack of rain and heat conditions. Corn condition was rated 60 percent good to excellent while soybean condition was rated 61 percent good to excellent, each down from the previous week. Winter wheat was 86 percent mature, and 17 percent of the crop was harvested. Winter wheat crop condition was rated 70 percent good to excellent, down from the previous week. Oat progress advanced 43 percent headed.… Continue reading

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Tilapia offer challenges and rewards at Freedom Fish Farms

By Matt Reese

With the whooshing of water and the whirring of pumps, upon entering Curtis Gram’s barn it is immediately apparent that the livestock he is raising diverges from traditional farm animals. At any given time, Gram’s Freedom Fish Farms in Muskingum County is home to 30,000 to 40,000 tilapia fish of different genetic backgrounds for the food market and for re-stocking private ponds.

Gram first had an interest in fish production after learning about an aquaculture operation in northeast Ohio.

“It just kind of got me thinking about it and life went on. It was 2016 when we bought the farm and we got started here at this property in 2018. The opportunity came back up to dive back into it learn about aquaculture. We felt it was a direction our family was heading to do something like this,” Gram said. “Ohio State University Extension got a grant opportunity to start what they call a ‘boot camp’ program.… Continue reading

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It’s not too early to take action: Minimize vomitoxin at harvest

By Luke Schulte, CCA, Beck’s Hybrids

The wide planting window throughout the state has led to a large variance in the growth stage of our corn crops. However, for some, fungicide season will be here before we know it.

Over the years, vomitoxin (VOM) in corn has become increasingly more common. Much of this is due to the increase of relative humidity levels post-pollination. Vomitoxin begins as gibberella ear mold. The causal pathogen, fusarium graminearum, is present to some degree in most all fields but is especially abundant in fields with a history of gib ear mold, fields with minimal air movement, and often corn after corn fields.

Infection primarily enters the ear via silk channels, particularly the straggler green, unpollinated silks remaining after pollen shed has concluded.

Infection primarily enters the ear via silk channels, particularly the straggler green, unpollinated silks remaining after pollen shed has concluded. The fungus will attach and grow down the silk to infect the ear.… Continue reading

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Another wet week brings crop progress closer to average

Despite rain last week, Ohio farmers were still able to makesome planting progress, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 50 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on May 19 was 65.9 degrees, 4.9 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.96 inches of precipitation, 0.03 inches above average. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 19.

Farmers reported fieldwork and planting was slow with the intermittent rain showers last week. Some haylage was made. Corn and soybean planting progressed to 46 and 41 percent planted, respectively. Planting progress for both crops was behind last year, but ahead of the 5-year average. Oats were 86 percent planted. Winter wheat was 70 percent headed and winter wheat condition was 73 percent good to excellent. Oats condition was 74 percent good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Crop planting ahead of normal

Tornados touched down across the State with damage to houses, barns, hay fields, and livestock, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1% short, 56% adequate, and 43% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on May 12 was 61.9 degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.59 inches of precipitation, 0.80 inches above average. There were 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 12.

Farmers reported damage from either a direct hit of the tornado or from trees being uprooted or branches breaking off the trees. Corn and soybean planting progressed to 36 and 27% planted, respectively. Oats were 81% planted. Winter wheat was 94% jointed and winter wheat condition was 71% good to excellent. Oats condition was 64% good to excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated 90% good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Researchers want to know about your livestock’s behavior from the 2024 solar eclipse

The solar eclipse has captivated the imagination of a good swath of rural Ohio this year, but a certain group of scientists are looking to livestock owners to help make hay of the unique event.

This year, the University of Kentucky Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is wanting help observing and recording livestock, poultry, pet and wildlife behavior. 

“There is a lot of research being done these days using the general public to get input from a larger area and diversity,” said Jacqueline Jacob, UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences agricultural extension project manager. “This survey builds off that current trend.” 

UK’s current initiative seeks observers who have witnessed changes – or even no fluctuations – in animal behavior including:  

  • Various types of behavior changes, such as deviations in feeding, sleeping, movement, vocalizations (e.g., singing or mooing) 
  • Productivity declines 
  • Indications of perplexity among other behavioral variations 

These collected observations from diverse areas and animal species will be combined into a report that can then be distributed to all participants. … Continue reading

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EPA announces creation of Office of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan said that his agency will create the Office of Agriculture and Rural Affairs at the agency to focus on issues important to farmers. Rod Snyder, a former lobbyist for the National Corn Growers Association who currently serves as advisor to the administrator, will head the office.

The announcement, which was made at Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas, was met with praise by NCGA.

“We are exceptionally pleased that there will be a program at EPA that is tasked with ensuring the voices and concerns of farmers are heard loud and clear,” said Harold Wolle NCGA President. “And the administrator could not have found a better person to lead this office than Rod Snyder. Anyone who has worked with Rod will tell you he is a smart, stellar professional who thoroughly understands the agricultural community.”

The announcement comes as EPA deals with a host of issues that will impact American farmers, including the regulations of crucial crop protection technologies and the long-term viability of the ethanol market.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA state officers visit the Land Down Under

By Morgan Anderson, OCJ FFA reporter

Each year, 75 current or past State FFA Officers with active FFA membership are invited to apply for the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO). A 14-day travel experience, ILSSO allows attendees to develop an awareness of global agriculture and enhance their cultural competency of another country. This year, ILSSO was hosted in Australia.

Out of the 75 attendees on the trip to the “Land Down Under,” six of them were the current member of the Ohio FFA State Officer Team.

“After the State Officer Summit in Washington D.C. this past August, all 300+ state officers were invited to apply as potential ILSSO 2024 attendees,” said Kaydence Morris, Ohio FFA State Reporter. “I was blessed to have been accepted. From there, I completed an 8-week curriculum consisting of four modules of instruction on cultural awareness in Australia, completing projects that developed my cultural intelligence, as well as various essays and quizzes.”… Continue reading

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Will official agencies review Brazil’s crop projections again?

By Guil Signorini, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University

The grain season continues to unfold in Brazil. Since the publication of our December article in the South American Update, official agencies have opened their eyes to the challenging weather conditions faced by grain growers in Brazil. Early in the season, USDA and CONAB were overly ambitious, projecting Brazil’s soybean production at 163 million and 162 million metric tons, respectively. While some patriotic commentators shared praise through social media networks, others were skeptical about two straight record-high seasons.

In their most recent reviews, USDA lowered its projection by 1 million metric ton (MT), and CONAB reduced theirs to 160.2 million MTs. At this point in a season with so many uncertainties, any projection offered is an informed guess at best. Based on connections and personal conversations with growers from different regions in Brazil, I’ll take the chance and suggest that both official agencies will soon review their numbers again.… Continue reading

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4-H kids these days

By Liz Avers, Sara Foos, Jenny Morlock, Ohio State University Extension, Wood County

“Kids these days” is a phrase we often hear with a tone of frustration. We’ve heard it said that today’s youth don’t know how to function without technology, have little work ethic, and struggle with communication and connection. As the 4-H Staff in Wood County, let us share with you our perspective of 4-H “kids these days” and how they are building a foundation for a bright future.

With behind-the-scenes support from a handful of adults, 47 teen counselors demonstrated exceptional leadership by planning and executing Wood County 4-H Camp for 216 campers this summer. They participated in 24 hours of training on topics such as critical thinking, stages of youth development, and emergency preparedness. As a team, they created an original theme, planned detailed activities to fill 12+ hours a day, and created theatrical skits, campfires, and song leading for all campers to enjoy. Planning… Continue reading

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Natural resource officers sought

By Dan Armitage, Buckeye Sportsman

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is accepting applications through the end of the month for its new class of Natural Resources Officer cadets. Ideal candidates for this opportunity are active people who love spending time outdoors, which includes most OCJ readers. Natural Resources Officers patrol Ohio’s state parks, forests, preserves, and waterways. Duties include law enforcement, public service, education, and public relations. You can learn more about a not-so-typical day on the job from current officers in this Natural Resources Officers video: 

Top-scoring candidates will undergo interviews and a pre-employment evaluation. Those selected as cadets will complete a training program related to ODNR operations. Following that, cadets will attend the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Academy for five months. Cadets who are already certified as peace officers with the State of Ohio will begin field training and will not need to attend the academy. … Continue reading

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Good days, great trees at Greig Christmas Tree Farm

By Matt Reese

Some days, Christmas tree farming can be pretty tough.

“You know, it’s the middle of the sales season — it’s busy, you’re constantly moving and we’re in the heart of the Snow Belt and the weather can definitely be a challenge. It can be pretty hard when you’re schlepping through a foot of snow out there working at half the speed you normally could,” said Jeff Grieg, who owns Greig Christmas Tree Farm in Ashtabula County with his brother, Doug. “But it’s a lot of fun and I don’t look at it as work. I grew up with it, so it’s what I do and that makes it really enjoyable. I was out there today and it was a little chilly, but it was a beautiful day. You’re at peace out there doing what you want to do and when you throw in the Christmas element of it in, it makes it a lot of fun.”… Continue reading

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Trimble opens Technology Labs to advance agriculture and construction talent

Two state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Labs are now open to students at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). One lab is on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, while a second is located on the CFAES Wooster campus. 

Trimble, headquartered in Westminster, Colo., built the multidisciplinary labs to enhance the university’s hands-on learning, teaching, research, and outreach activities in food and agricultural engineering, as well as in construction management. 

“The new Trimble Technology Labs help Ohio State lead the way when it comes to innovative agriculture programs,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “Not only does Trimble help the university in the classroom, but having such a well-respected agriculture partner engaged with the college opens a lot of doors within the industry for our students and community.”

The new Trimble Technology Labs provide students with access to leading agriculture and construction technologies used by industry professionals.… Continue reading

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Was the rain enough to ease dry September conditions?

By Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University Extension

The week ending Sept. 24 left over half of Ohio on the short side with soil moisture, with 55% rated short or very short, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office.

After a rather cool summer and some moisture recovery for many areas in Ohio in July and August, very dry weather took over in September. Temperatures have averaged close to normal, though we have seen a few hot days and cold nights (low 40s last week in spots). Precipitation deficits were running anywhere from 1to 4 inches below average in September, representing less than 25% of normal for much of the state. Several stations, including the Cincinnati, Columbus, Findlay, Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown areas were experiencing one of their top five driest Septembers on record with less than a week left in the month. This has led to rapid crop drying, drying ponds, creeks, and streams, browning lawns, wilting of unirrigated landscape plants, and visible stress to young trees with some early color and leaf loss.… Continue reading

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Silage kicks off 2023 corn harvest

By Joel Penhorwood and Matt Reese

A challenging start to the growing season, dry conditions and slow growing degree day accumulation for many areas left silage harvest well behind schedule for Ohio. For the week ending Sept. 9, silage was 27% completed compared to 51% completed at the same time last year and the 5-year average of 39%, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

This giant bunk was empty just a couple of days earlier at MVP dairy.

The action ramped up for silage harvest at MVP Dairy in Mercer County Sept. 11 when they harvested 18 months-worth of feed for the 4,500-head dairy operation. They chopped around 2,100 acres of corn over about a week and a half in mid-September to meet the needs for the dairy.

“It is sometimes referred to as organized chaos in order to make all the magic happen,” said Luke VanTilburg of MVP Dairy.… Continue reading

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Turtle trafficker, officer assaulter indicted in Hamilton County

In a bizarre only-in-Ohio kind of incident, an individual suspected of trafficking red-eared slider turtles in Cincinnati and striking a state wildlife officer with his vehicle was recently indicted in Hamilton County by a grand jury, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

In July, State Wildlife Officer Brad Turner, assigned to Preble County, received a Turn-In-a-Poacher (TIP) report regarding turtles being sold in Cincinnati. Officer Turner and State Wildlife Officer Andrew Dowdell, assigned to Butler County, responded to the location. They found two men selling red-eared sliders without the required propagation permit.

During the encounter, one of the suspects, Alonso Oliver-Tucker, 37, of Philadelphia, disobeyed an officer’s verbal commands and fled in his vehicle, striking Officer Turner as he accelerated. Officer Turner was treated at The Christ Hospital and released the same evening.

The Cincinnati Police Department filed three arrest warrants for Oliver-Tucker, who was arrested several days later in Pennsylvania.… Continue reading

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Crop continues to mature under cooler days and dry skies

Moderate temperatures and mostly clear skies throughout Ohio provided farmers with favorable conditions to conduct pre-harvest activities, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Continued lack of significant precipitation resulted in an increase in abnormally dry soil moisture levels. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 6 percent very short, 37 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on September 17 was 62.3 degrees, 3.1 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.25 inches of precipitation, 0.59 inches below average. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 17.

While row crop progress remained behind the five-year average, favorable crop condition ratings exceeded previous year averages. Sixty-seven percent of corn was in or past dent and 22 percent was mature. Corn for silage was 42 percent harvested. Twenty-seven percent of soybeans were dropping leaves.… Continue reading

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Early Planting and Soybean Node Counts

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off

Beck’s “Becknology Days ™ shines a light on education and research. Between the Agronomy Tent Talks and PFR wagon tours showing their practical farm research studies, best management practices for soybean production are given emphasis. Steve Gauck, Eastern Regional Agronomy Manager for Beck’s discussed the benefits they have seen with early soybean planting and then feeding the crop accordingly during this year’s event.

Research conducted at Iowa State explained by pushing up the soybean planting date has yield benefits. By allowing the crop to canopy quickly it maximizes light interception. This also limits weed emergence and competition. The study showed that there was 20% more interception of sunlight and the radiation use efficiency increased with the conversion of light to biomass by 15% when beans were planted earlier than normal.

Gauck explained how these findings worked in practical terms.… Continue reading

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