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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 352 |Cultivating Connection From Farm to Table

In this week’s podcast, host Matt Reese speaks with Gina Orr from FreshORR Farms in Perry County, highlighting their journey selling farm products through Lancaster’s Keller Market House. Erin Harvey, the general manager of Keller Market House, joins to discuss the local food economy and its impact on the community.

The episode features audio from Joel Penhorwood’s interview with Wendy Osborn, Director of Market Development for Ohio Corn & Wheat, providing updates and reminders about Ohio’s wheat crop and the wheat market.

Joel also speaks with Jerry and Reggie Regula of JNR Farms about a recent soybean train derailment on their property, offering insights into the challenges faced by local farmers.… Continue reading

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Stewarding soybeans, livestock, and neighborly relations on the edge of suburbia

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

Perrysburg Ohio, with a population of over 25,000 is on the southeast edge of Toledo and is a booming community. The city’s water towers, new housing developments and warehouses are within eye shot of Eckel Grain Farm and Cattle Company. The Eckel family has been farming in northern Wood County for six generations. Nathan, Nick, and Nolan Eckel, along with the help of their grandfather, have been farming fertile lakebed soils since the boys’ father passed away in 2010.

The Eckels grow approximately 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and some hay, as well as have a feedlot for Holstein steers. Their operation stretches 20 miles (10 miles either way from the base of operations) with new housing developments and suburban expansion mixed throughout. One of the challenges they experience with urban sprawl is the traffic congestion and taking large equipment down narrow roads to travel from one field to another.… Continue reading

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New online database boosts fertilizer knowledge sharing

When growing crops, fertilizer is a critical component. Too often, however, knowing what type of fertilizer to use, how much to apply, where, and when for peak crop production can be a major challenge for growers. 

Soil scientists and agronomists at The Ohio State University are part of a national team of over 100 agricultural professionals that has launched a new tool to pave the way for future advancements in crop nutrient management. The team represents nearly 50 universities, USDA, not-for-profit organizations, and one private sector partner. 

Manbir Rakkar, assistant professor of soil fertility and nutrient management in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, Environmental, and Environmental Sciences, is part of the team and is excited about the new online national soil fertility database and decision support tool, called the Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool (FRST). 

“FRST provides unbiased, science-based interpretation of soil test phosphorus and potassium values for crop fertilization from across the U.S.… 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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A talk with Chris Winslow about what Stone Lab and the Ohio Sea Grant are doing for farmers

Ohio Field Leader’s Dusty Sonnenberg gets a behind-the-scenes look at the research going on at Ohio State University’s Stone Lab with Director Chris Winslow. They discuss the work being done by the Ohio Sea Grant to help inform farm practices and decisions through the H2Ohio program.

Ohio Field Leader is brought to you by Ohio soybean farmers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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Is foliar feeding soybeans worth it given the current market?

Field Agronomist Luke Schulte joins us in the latest agronomy update from Beck’s Hybrids. In this video, we dive into what Practical Farm Research tells us about when foliar feeding soybeans is worth it – a timely consideration given current commodity prices. Tune in to learn more!

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Statewide Slug Monitoring Project

Adapted from C.O.R.N. 2024-17 by Dr. Kelley Tilmon

As we move into June, we continue to receive reports of slug damage on soybeans across Ohio. Slugs are more likely to be found in no-till fields where cover crops are grown. Slugs feed directly on the soybean, causing both seed and foliar damage that can result in complete loss of the plant. Because slugs are nocturnal, when you scout your fields, slugs may not be present; however, you may see signs of slug feeding such as holes in the cotyledon or slime trails. You are more likely to find slugs actively present in your field if you scout early in the morning or on cloudy/rainy days.

Soybean fields that were planted within the last 2 weeks into no-till fields should be scouted for slug damage. Slugs can cause significant damage to young soybean plants at the VE stage compared to older plants that can outgrow the damage.… Continue reading

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Weather trends and pest and disease impacts on soybeans

Adapted from C.O.R.N. 2024-16 by Dr. Aaron Wilson, OSU Extension Ag Weather and Climate Field Specialist

Please join Drs. Maggie Lewis, Horacio Lopez-Nicora, and Aaron Wilson on a webinar titled Weather Trends and Pest and Disease Impacts on Soybeans on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, from 8:30-10:00 am ET. We will update the latest climate trends pertinent to soybean-related pests and diseases, including increasing winter temperatures and extreme weather. We will investigate how abiotic stressors linked to global climate change impact insect pests, from changes in population growth rates to geographic range and phenology. We will analyze the impact of weather patterns on the occurrence of diseases as well, including sudden death syndrome, frog eye leaf spot, white mold, and seedling rot caused by water molds (Phytophthora and Pythium). We will discuss effective management techniques for these stressors and offer innovative strategies to help ensure sustainable soybean production. Please register for this webinar at https://go.osu.edu/soy_climate24Continue reading

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Cover Crop Issues

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

A week of good weather has helped most farmers get crops planted.  However, there are issues dealing with fast-growing cover crops (e.g. cereal rye).  Due to a warm winter and spring, most crops including wheat are 2-3 weeks ahead in maturity.  Fall planted crops are all headed out and getting tall.  How viable is the seed and how do you manage those situations?

On seed viability, cereal rye seed is viable 30 days after heading and flowering.  Some cereal rye has been headed out for 2 weeks, so it is time to get it terminated.  Some rye is 4 to 6 feet tall, so shading is becoming another issue to consider.  Balansa clover seed can remain viable in the soil for 3 years and reseed itself. Balansa and Crimson clover seed is viable 30 days after blooming.  Hairy vetch seed can remain viable for 5 years in the soil (hard seed) and starts to mature around July 10, which may be July 1st this year. … Continue reading

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Biofuels update in Ohio

By Matt Reese, Dale Minyo and Dusty Sonnenberg

Biofuels have had a profound impact on markets for Ohio’s corn and soybean producers. Both corn ethanol and soy-based biodiesel have contributed to the state’s fuel needs and demand for the crops. Of course, Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a huge potential market moving forward, but there are plenty of other updates for ethanol and biodiesel as well.

Ohio ethanol update

In 2024, Ohio is celebrating 16 years of in-state, large scale ethanol production.

“The appropriate thing to do is to celebrate 16 years because that 16th birthday is when you get to start buying fuel and that’s what we’re talking about with corn ethanol and what it’s meant to the state,” said Tadd Nicholson, with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “It was a long path. Back in 2008 when we first got our ethanol plant here, we were not the first state.… Continue reading

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Plant tissue testing (Part 1) — Best sampling practices

By Greg LaBarge

Plant tissue testing is a valuable nutrient management tool. We often use it to identify if off-colored plants have a nutrient deficiency. Another place tissue testing fits into management is to evaluate our fertility program. This use can help identify any hidden deficiencies that could limit yield. Combining soil testing, which predicts the soil’s available nutrients and fertilizer needs, with tissue testing, which measures plant uptake, is a robust data set to make nutrient decisions. Tissue testing also fills a gap in nutrient management, where soil testing is unreliable for determining sulfur and micronutrient needs. If you use plant tissue testing, use these best sampling practices.

Collect the appropriate growth stage and plant part to compare to established sufficiency standards. To know if your test result is “good” or “bad,” you must compare your result to a standard that includes the yield response at the end of the season.… Continue reading

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OFL Roadshow – Nathan and Nolan Eckel, Wood County

Ohio Field Leader Dusty Sonnenberg takes the Roadshow to Wood County to the diversified grain and livestock operation at Eckel Farms. In this video, we hear from Nathan and Nolan Eckel about their operation, innovations, and changing farming practices as suburban sprawl nears their place of work.

Ohio Field Leader is brought to you by Ohio soybean farmers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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Amplifying Ag with BASF: June planting and slug control

In the first installment of the monthly Amplifying Ag series with BASF, Grace Looker, technical product manager for seeds and traits, talks recommendations for June soybean planting, including which maturities to be selecting and how much to up population. Slugs have also become a notable nuisance this year and she goes into detail regarding when damage goes from being mostly cosmetic versus when it deserves more in-depth management.… Continue reading

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Crop Progress: More rain, more delays

Rain slowed planting progress across Ohio last week, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 2 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on June 2 was 62.9 degrees, 2.0 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.17 inches of precipitation, 0.12 inches above average. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 2.

Farmers reported concerns with emerged crops that have been under water possibly needing to be replanted. Where possible farmers were spraying and side dressing corn. Oat planting was winding down. Corn and soybean planting progressed to 90 and 79 percent planted, respectively. Oats were 93 percent planted. Winter wheat was 96 percent headed and winter wheat condition was 71 percent good to excellent. Oats condition was 86 percent good to excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated 88 percent good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 350 | Decoding Carbon Intensity Scoring and Tackling Farm Finances

In this episode, Matt and Dusty chat with Marlene Eick and Tadd Nicholson from Ohio Corn & Wheat about the buzz around Carbon Intensity Scoring. They break down what it means for the future of commodity corn production and its broader implications for the agricultural sector. Understand how this scoring can drive sustainability and profitability on your farm.

Dale Minyo brings valuable insights from Farm Credit Mid America and his discussion with Brock Burcham on managing farm financial stress. Learn about practical strategies to maintain financial health and stability amid economic challenges.

We also feature audio from GrownNextGen at COSI, discussing their efforts to train the next generation of scientists in agriculture. Discover how innovative educational programs are shaping the future of the industry.… Continue reading

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4Rs represent different things to different people

By Matt Reese

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program means different things to different groups of people involved with certified retailer Legacy Farmers Cooperative based in Hancock County.

Paige Scott is the precision services manager for Legacy Farmers Cooperative, which includes overseeing 4R stewardship and H2Ohio implementation. Additionally, she contributes to scouting, tissue testing, carbon market discussions, and introduces new technologies in progressive agriculture.

“The 4R certification means quite a bit at Legacy Farmers. I think one of the most important parts about it internally is that it really holds us accountable to ourselves. Our employees know that we are doing the absolute best that we can to do everything right by not only our customers, but the environment by following the 4Rs. Every year we go through the audits and our locations get to see the practices we’ve put into place to make sure we’re following the 4R certification. It really affects how we do our fertilizer applications, our sales, and our recommendations clear down to the customer level,” Scott said.… Continue reading

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Growing strawberries for two decades at Bapst Berry Patch

By Brianna Gwirtz, OCJ field reporter

When you have vacation time, you could use it for trips. You could see a friend, hike in the mountains or swim in the ocean. But for Brad Bapst, vacation time is used for only one thing: strawberry season. 

Bapst Berry Patch is located in Beaver, a small village in Pike County. Every May, people from as far away as Kentucky, West Virginia, and beyond visit the farm to secure fresh strawberries. 

Brad Bapst has worked for The Ohio State University for nearly 30 years. When he first began his career, Bapst worked in agricultural research at the South Centers, where he was introduced to research trials focused on berries and small fruits. Today, his job as a business specialist with the Small Business Development Center has him out of the research world. Still, the information he learned about raising strawberries years ago stuck with him. 

“About 22 years ago, we saw an opportunity to grow strawberries on our farm.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers at Ralston and Wilcox Farms in Hardin County

The fourth and final of the spring 2024 Feeding Farmers series found the Ohio Ag Net crew in Hardin County at a unique combination of both Ralston Farms and Wilcox Farms. Dale Minyo talks with Kelsey Ralston, a third-generation farmer on her family farm (Wilcox Farms). She married into another local farming family (Ralston Farms) and they currently are each majority grain farming families while also enjoy raising cattle for fresh beef.

The wet conditions on the day of the event made it ideal for taking a break for a much deserved family meal.… Continue reading

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Farming as a family today and in the future on the edge of suburbia

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

The Ohio Field Leader travels to northern Wood County and Eckel Grain Farms and Cattle Company located just outside of Perrysburg, Ohio. Dusty visits with Nathan and Nick Eckel about their operation and the challenges and opportunities that present themselves when farming on the edge of suburbia and near the epicenter of the water quality issues in the Western Lake Erie Basin and Maumee River watershed. Along with their brother Nolan, these farmers combine grain farming, raising livestock, and educational research along with service to the agriculture industry as a part of their everyday life.… Continue reading

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Ohio Corn & Wheat joins Carbon Alliance

The American Carbon Alliance (ACA) announced that Ohio Corn & Wheat has joined as members of the ACA.

“When it comes to working for new markets and increased demand for corn products, Ohio Corn & Wheat lead the way,” said Tom Buis, CEO of the American Carbon Alliance. “They’re a tremendous asset to the ACA, and together we will work to advocate for a strong American agriculture industry through carbon capture and sequestration.”

Ohio Corn & Wheat is an organization that works on behalf of Ohio’s corn and small grain farmers through education, advocacy, and legislative policy to secure a more sustainable future.

“Sustainable aviation fuel represents a crucial step towards reducing carbon emissions in the aviation sector with American-grown corn ethanol. This not only supports Ohio farmers but also bolsters local economies and promotes energy independence,” said Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn & Wheat Executive Director. “We look forward to working with the American Carbon Alliance to take a strong stand in support of Ohio growers.”… Continue reading

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