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Wheat and zinc deficiency

By Manbir Rakkar, Laura Lindsey and Ed Lentz, CCA, Ohio State University Extension

We have had a question about whether wheat would benefit from zinc (Zn) fertilizer. Zinc is one of the essential plant nutrients. An optimum amount of Zn is needed for the synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and chlorophyll in plants. It also plays a critical role in various enzymatic activities. Therefore, Zn should be available for crops in adequate amounts to avoid yield reductions. 

Would we expect to see a deficiency or the need for Zn in wheat in Ohio? Probably not. Table 30 in the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations only shows corn and soybean as crops where a deficiency may occur on high pH soils and soils with low soil test Zn level, not wheat. Keep in mind, field crops in Ohio have a very infrequent response to micronutrient fertilization ( For example, this year, winter wheat yields were extremely high, which can be primarily attributed to good environmental conditions during grain fill.… Continue reading

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Implement the month-end close for your business

By Brian Ravencraft

Financial practices that business owners and farmers implement and then do repeatedly over time tend to be beneficial. One of those practices is known as “closing the books” or the “month-end closing” process. I am not just speaking in accountant slang; these are actual exercises that can set any business up for success and can save the owner many headaches when the end of the year arrives.

The month-end closing process is something you can set up with your accountant. This will be conducted at the end of every month and will allow you and the accountant to really take a deep dive into the finances of the business. This will be the time to reconcile any mistakes and to plan for upcoming expenses. Doing this simple exercise will also allow you to prevent lost revenue, plan for tax obligations and more.

The month-end process can look different for different businesses, but it typically includes actions such as: reviewing the balance sheet and financial statements, reviewing accounts payable and accounts receivable, examining journal entries in accounting software, evaluating income and expenses, reconciling accounts, and reviewing fixed assets.… Continue reading

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Farm Bureau hosts estate planning, tax program Nov. 13

Ohio Farm Bureau is hosting an estate planning and tax update program for farmers later this year. “Future Minded Farmer with Adam Sharp” will provide insights on upcoming changes to farm estate tax structures set to take effect in 2026.

The event will take place Nov. 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Delphos. A traditional German-style dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president, will share updates on the organization’s efforts to continue delivering value to members through advocacy, connection and on-farm business solutions. Attendees also will hear from farm attorney Evin Bachelor with Wright & Moore Law and financial advisor Bruce Jones on steps that can be taken now to protect farm interests in the future.

The program is free for Farm Bureau members and $15 per person for non-members. Space is limited and registration is requested by Nov.… Continue reading

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H2Ohio deadline to plant cover crops extended

Due to a late harvest and adverse weather conditions, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is extending the 2023 H2Ohio program deadline for planting overwintering cover crops.

H2Ohio producers enrolled in the 24 counties of the Western Lake Erie Basin will have until Nov. 15, 2023, to plant overwintering cover crops.

For more information about the H2Ohio Program or the extended deadline to plant cover crops, please contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.… Continue reading

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Specialty pork, significant slopes, conservation tillage and cover crops — Mark IV Farm

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

Since the 1930s, the Sommer’s family has been farming the rolling fields of Champaign County. Jack Sommers still lives in the farmhouse that his grandfather lived in when he purchased the farm over 90 years ago. Over the years the farm has had a diverse mix of livestock, with pigs being one of the constants. It was only this past summer that Jack and his family sold the last of the sows and transitioned to strictly grain crop production.

“My grandfather moved here from Ross County in 1917-1918 and raised his family here. In the 1930s he purchased this farm. It has always been a livestock and crop farm until just recently when we sold the last of the sows. We raised Berkshire sows producing specialty meats for Saddleberk which provided all natural, heritage breed Berkshire pork to the Kroger Company,” Sommers said.… Continue reading

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A historical look at December corn lows and soybean price potential

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

Last week, corn finished down 15 cents and was nearly 30 cents off the highs from the previous week. Harvest pressure may finally be hitting the corn market. The commercial short positions in the market, which the trade usually views as farmer sales, are at the lower end of the range of the last 10 years. This should be concerning to unsold producers because it means farmers are way behind on sales and any futures rally may be met with increased sales pressure. It could also mean the low for the marketing year is not in yet.

A historical look at December corn lows

In 8 out of the last 16 years December corn has hit a low for the calendar year after Sept. 1. Half of those lows occurred in September and the other half of those lows came in November as seen in this chart:

So far, the low for the year was on Sept.… Continue reading

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Agriculture “at an inflection point”

By Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system

“December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy.” This memorable quote from President Franklin Roosevelt memorialized the bombing of Pearl Harbor and marked the United States’ entry into World War II. Prior to the surprise attack in Hawaii on that Sunday morning some 82 years ago, the U.S. had avoided active participation in the conflict. We were happy to serve as the “armory to the allies,” but nationalistic sentiment was strong and the scars from World War I were still raw. Public sentiment was divided, and we lacked the political will to enter another global conflict — until Pearl Harbor was attacked. The bombing of a U.S. military base fueled the fire of patriotism and the United States responded with full force, ultimately prevailing with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945. … Continue reading

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FCMA gleaning provided Farms to Food banks in 2023

Since 2016, volunteers from Farm Credit Mid-America have supplemented more than 4.4 million meals to those in need through the Farms to Food Banks program. Farms to Food Banks connects farmers and their products to local food banks. Throughout September and October, team members visited local customers’ farms where they gleaned fresh produce to donate to area food banks. The goal is for communities have access to fresh produce and protein to supplement shelf-stable meals.

In Ohio, Farm Credit Mid-America visited Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala in October. In total, FCMA team members gathered and donated 33,674 pounds of produce in 2023. In addition, FCMA team members volunteered at 29 food banks in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee, including partnering with nearly 100 farmers, growers and producers in Ohio through the Agricultural Clearance Program.… Continue reading

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Are distillers grains right for your small ruminant operation?

By Brayden Thompson, Ohio State University undergraduate summer research intern

If you are familiar with livestock feed ingredients, there is a good chance you have heard of a product called dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) or more commonly referred to as distillers grains. Distillers grains are a byproduct of ethanol production and are most commonly made from corn in the U.S. but can also come from wheat in other parts of the world. However, few may be aware of how DDGS is produced and how processing can impact its feeding quality for small ruminants.

Ethanol plants producing DDGS is like going to a potluck dinner. You know there are going to be several variations of mac and cheese. While they are still all mac and cheese, they are not all going to taste the same and this is similar for the production of DDGS. When ethanol plants produce DDGS, they do not all follow the same production practices, since this product is not regulated.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 322 | Ag Credit Aims to Develop Rural Communities

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Libby Wixtead and Phil Young, both of Ag Credit. They talk about all things Ag Credit such as their podcast ‘Ag Credit Said It,’ mission statement, community involvement and agriculture finances. As an agricultural cooperative, Ag Credit works to give back to their customers while developing the communities they serve.     

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Steve Reinhart, United Soybean Board: The United Soybean Board recently conducted a survey on soybeans and animal agriculture and Steve talks with Dusty about the results of it.
  • Wendy Osborn, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association: Wendy talks with Dusty about the recent Ethanol Trade Group that visited Ohio learning about corn production within ethanol.   
Steve Reinhart4:12
Wendy Osborn8:42
Main Conversation, Libby Wixtead and Phil Young14:14
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Ohio Crop Progress: Soybeans progress, corn delayed

While Ohio’s soybean harvest pushed ahead of its five-year average, poor conditions for dry-down contributed to delayed corn harvest progress, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent very short, 26 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on October 29 was 57.6 degrees, 7.4 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.61 inches of precipitation, 0.15 inches above average. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 29.

Farmers throughout the State reported that corn moisture content remained above ideal levels, slowing harvest. Field activities last week included row crop harvesting, fertilizer application, and tillage. Ninety-five percent of corn was mature, and 29 percent was harvested. The moisture content of corn grain at harvest was 23 percent. Eighty percent of soybeans were harvested. The moisture content of soybeans at harvest was 13 percent.… Continue reading

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A focus on farm stress

By Dee Jepsen

This time of year, it’s possible to look back with different outlooks about how the past year has treated us, especially if we’re involved with agriculture. The year 2023 has served us with many fluctuations, whether it be the weather, the markets, supply chain delays, labor shortages or any combination of other stressors.

Yet, rural people continue to be resilient in the unique way they face each day and each season. Old timers’ quotes portray resilience in phrases like “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” or “look for the rainbow beyond the clouds.” These words can add optimism to those daily tasks that appear impossible for us to complete, especially if we are lacking in faith and motivation in our own abilities. It is through this lens, that we take time to recognize and highlight farm resilience during several mental well-being activities that occur in November.

Farm stress awareness campaign

The Ohio Agricultural Mental Health Alliance was formed to support the mental well-being of farmers, agricultural workers, and their families.… Continue reading

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Gibberella ear mold: What can we do about it now?

By Luke Schulte, Beck’s Hybrids

Unfortunately, like last fall, gibberella ear mold has been seen in numerous corn fields amongst a multitude of hybrids. While diplodia, aspergillus, and fusarium are also examples of common ear molds, gibberella is typically the most common and often results in the production of harmful mycotoxins or vomitoxin.

What causes gibberella ear mold and why does it occur?

Gibberella ear mold is caused by the fungus, fusarium graminearum. This fungus is present to some degree in most all fields but is especially abundant in corn following corn or corn following wheat and fields with a history of gibberella. Infection primarily enters the ear via silk channels, particularly the straggler green silks remaining after pollen shed has concluded. The fungus will attach and grow down the silk to infect the ear. Any stress that hinders pollination has the potential to impact gibberella/vomitoxin levels — insufficient N, heat throughout pollination, drought.… Continue reading

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Farm girl, pre-vet, military plumber relishing her role as Ohio Fairs’ Queen

By Matt Reese

She is a farm girl, pre-vet, plumber in the Army National Guard who can pull off the tierra-clad elegance of royalty. It seems, well beyond the crown currently on her head, 2023 Ohio Fairs’ Queen Rebekah Hardacre is a young lady who wears many hats.

Hardacre, now a junior at the University of Findlay, grew up in Clark County with a farm background and was very active in 4-H and FFA at Global Impact STEM Academy.

“I grew up on a farm and my grandparents had a dairy farm, so I’ve always been around cattle and they also had grain as well. I have always had an interest in agriculture,” Hardacre said. “When I was old enough, I did pretty much every animal project that I could, except for dogs, horses and goats. I did everything else. I also did a lot of sewing, cooking, baking, and poetry projects too.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials: Results for Henry, Sandusky, and Clinton County

By Dr. Laura Lindsey, OSU State Soybean Specialist and Alan Geyer. Adapted from C.O.R.N 2023-37

The purpose of the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials is to evaluate soybean varieties for yield and other agronomic characteristics. This evaluation gives soybean producers comparative information for selecting the best varieties for their unique production system.

Results for the 2023 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials are available for Henry, Sandusky, and Clinton County: We will continue to update this report as additional locations are harvested.

In the early relative maturity trial, soybean yield averaged 78 and 80 bu/acre in Henry and Sandusky, respectively. In the late relative maturity trial, soybean yield averaged 84 and 80 bu/acre in Henry and Sandusky, respectively. In Clinton County, soybean yield averaged 85 bu/acre in the early relative maturity trial and 83 bu/acre in the late relative maturity trial.

The trial plots were planted on April 15 in Henry County, April 10 in Sandusky County, and April 18 in Clinton County. … Continue reading

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Hear Ohio Ag Net on WDLR AM/FM

We are proud to continue highlighting the outstanding Ohio Ag Net radio affiliates carrying the best in Ohio ag news.

We say thank you to WDLR AM/FM serving Delaware, Union, and surrounding counties. Tune in to 96.7 FM and 1270 AM to hear the Ohio Ag Net Monday-Friday mornings at 6:28, 7:28, and 8:20.

The best in Ohio ag news is easy to find! If your current station doesn’t feature the voice of Ohio Ag—turn the dial! Click here to view the complete affiliate listing, including air times.Continue reading

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Sen. Brown talks Farm to School Act, foreign fertilizer, and Farm Bill

In this audio interview, Ohio Ag Net catches up with Senator Sherrod Brown on recent work from the Senate Ag Committee, on which Sen. Brown currently serves. The discussion deals with a recent bipartisan push to expand the Farm to School Program as well as recent efforts to help reduce reliance on foreign fertilizer sources. The talk also delves into the ongoing Farm Bill and how recent changes in the political landscape impact its progress.

The Farm to School Act would increase the program’s mandatory funding from $5 million to $15 million per year, and increase the maximum grant award to $500,000. The act would also reduce barriers to applying for Farm to School Grants by granting USDA the authority to modify or waive the current 25% non-federal matching requirement. This legislation would also help grantees improve procurement and distribution of local food, and expand the scope of the program to include pre-schools, summer food service and after-school programs.… Continue reading

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