Ohio Field Leader – Podcast

Soybean Check-off Leadership and a Look to the Future

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

In Episode 41 of the Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Dusty visits with Ohio farmers who are serving in leadership capacities with Soybean Check-off organizations. Steve Reinhard serves as Chairman of the United Soybean Board, Bill Bayliss is the newly elected President of the Ohio Soybean Council, and David Clark serves as Vice President of the North Central Soybean Research Program. Each of the members share about the specific function of their respective organizations and their goals for the coming year.… Continue reading

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Airable Lab, researching for future soybean demand

Barry McGraw, founder and CLO of Airable Research Lab joins Dusty for the first podcast of 2024. They discuss the idea behind this one-of-a-kind research facility housed at Ohio Wesleyan University and funded by Ohio Soybean Farmer’s Check-off.  Airable provides early-stage soy-based materials research and is responsible for a number of new soy-based products and patents.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast – Episode 39 – Having a Plan for the Future

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

On this episode of the podcast, Dusty visits with Gary Baldosser on the final leg of the Ohio Field Leader Road Show in Seneca County.  Dusty and Gary discuss the Baldosser’s multi-generation family farm and how having a plan for the future is critical for sustaining the growth of both the physical operation and family involvement.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Episode 30, Mark IV Farm

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

In Episode 38 of the Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Dusty visits with Jack Sommers at Mark IV Farm in Champaign County to discuss their family heritage in the pork business, and their use of no-till and cover crops in the Mad River Valley. There are some similarities between feeding hogs and feeding the microbes that live in the soil and Jack shares some of the insights he learned in his time as an OSU Extension Agent and implementing the practices on his own farm. 

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Growing Soybeans, Raising Livestock, and the Importance of Teamwork

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

This episode of the Ohio Field Leader Podcast follows along with the Ohio Field Leader Roadshow and features Rusty Goebel, Williams County farmer and Vice President of the Ohio Soybean Council. Dusty and Rusty discuss crop and livestock production in the Northwest corner of the state, and the importance of teamwork on the farm and with family members, employees, and commodity organizations.

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September 2023 Soybean Disease Special Podcast

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

The 2023 growing season has provided the opportunity for farmers to experience a variety of environmental conditions. As a result, there have been areas in Ohio where soybean disease infected some fields and will negatively impact the final yield.  On this special episode of the Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Dusty visits with Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Soybean Pathologist and Nematologist at The Ohio State University, to discuss the growing season and what we observed as well as what growers should make note of heading into the harvest season.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast Episode 35, Matt Sullivan

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

Farming near an urban center has unique challenges. Dusty is joined in this episode by Matt Sullivan of Circle S Farms in Franklin County. Matt along with his wife Amy and their sons Caleb and Timothy and Caleb’s wife Claire operate Circle S Farms serving the greater Columbus, Ohio metro area. Over the years the operation has evolved from a traditional crop and livestock farm in the 1950’s, to a large turkey farm, to a traditional cash grain operation, to a diversified vegetable operation, to now an agritourism farm. The Sullivans still grow corn and soybeans, but also pumpkins and sunflowers. Join Dusty and Matt as they talk about the journey of this family farm and the opportunities and challenges of farming near a large metro area.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast: 7-1-2023: Episode 33: Bob Suver and International Market Development

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff.

The OFL Podcast for this month is on the road again with the latest Ohio Field Leader Road Show. Join Dusty at the Farm of Bob Suver in Clark County. Bob is a member of the Ohio Soybean Council and serves on the Market Development Committee. Along with being a 35 year no-till soybean producer, Bob also travels abroad developing markets for Ohio soybeans. He explains the ongoing work of USSEC and WISHH.  Dusty and Bob discuss no-till soybean production as well as market development both at home and abroad, and how check-off dollars make it happen.

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast 6 1 2023 Episode 32 Steve Reinhard

On this episode, the Ohio Feild Leader Roadshow makes a stop in Crawford County at the farm of Steve Reinhard.  Steve is a soybean farmer and seed dealer, and also serves as Vice Chair of the United Soybean Board. Dusty and Steve discuss the spring planting season of 2023 and also the important work of the United Soybean Board leaveraging check-off dollars for farmers in Ohio and all across the country.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast Episode 31: Land Use Issues

The Ohio Field Leader Roadshow is back for another year, and takes center stage for the podcast as Dusty visits with Jed Bower, a fifth generation farmer from Fayette County. Dusty and Jed discuss the past year as well as the early spring and upcoming planting season. They discuss the multiple markets available to corn and soybean farmers in Southwest Ohio. They also talk about some of the land use challenges faced all across the State of Ohio with industrial development taking prime farmland out of production, and what that means for rural communities and to farmers in the future.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Episode 30

On the April episode of The Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Dusty is joined by Ohio State University’s Soybean Pathologist and Nematologist, Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora. Dr. Lopez-Nicora will be discussing the latest research into soybean pathogens, and in particular the work being conducted investigating Soybean Cyst Nematode. Dr. Lopez-Nicora explains the importance of knowing if a soybean field has a population of SCN and if it does, what the number is and also identifying the specific population in order to be able to plan an effective management strategy. They also discuss the continued resistance that is developing within the SCN populations to various resistance traits, such as PI 88788, and ways to deal with this problem.

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Episode 3-1-2023, Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora and Dr. Mitch Roth

Soybean research does not happen in a vacuum. Often times it is interdisciplinary. On this episode of the OFL Podcast we will visit with Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Soybean Pathologist and Nematologist, and Dr. Mitch Roth, Molecular Mycologist. Both these gentlemen work for Ohio Soybean Farmers working to try to improve the health of Ohio’s Soybean Crop. They analyze soybean pathogens from the genetic level all the way up to the field level to help farmers make better management decisions.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast 2-1-23 Episode 28, Ohio Soybean Check-off Funded Research Update

Ohio’s soybean farmers invest everyday in research to improve production and protect the environment. The Ohio Soybean Council, through the Soybean Check-off, funds numerous research projects taking place at The Ohio State University. On this episode, we will get an update from Dr. Kelley Tilmon, Dr. Scott Schearer, and Dr. Laura Lindsey. Dr. Tilmon will update us on the latest stink bug information. Dr. Schearer will provide an update on the use of ag drones to detect and treat for crop stress in soybean fields. Dr. Lindsey will share the results of a two year study looking at early soybean planting dates that the possible interaction with cover crops.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast Episode 27 – Growing for the Next Generation

For the first podcast of 2023, the Ohio Field Leader looks ahead to the future. This is a look beyond 2023 to the needs of agriculture in future generations with the help of the Ohio Soybean Council’s check-off funded GrowNextGen program. Listen in as Dusty visits with Jane Hunt to learn more about this educational program that takes science into the classroom to educate and inspire young people to consider agriculture and the soybean industry in their future. Dusty and Jane look back at the last 10 years of GrowNextGen and what is ahead in terms of hands-on learning, educational activities, careers, and resources for teachers and students alike.… Continue reading

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