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Managing stored grain quality through winter’s ups and downs

By Matt Reese

Good winter management of stored grain starts as soon as corn or soybeans go into the bins, said Matt Bambauer, with Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed, Inc.

Generally speaking, for much of Ohio, the quality of the corn and soybeans going into bins last harvest was fairly good, despite some high harvest moisture levels. Bambauer was, for the most part, pleased with the 2023 quality coming into the New Knoxville and Pemberton grain locations.

“I would say in our local area in west central Ohio, we had some spots with vomitoxin here and there in the corn, but in general the corn was pretty good quality. It was just wetter than usual. We got lucky enough to have an extended fall to where the moisture did eventually come down,” Bambauer said. “The grain quality was better than it was last year for sure as far as vomitoxin goes. But we did dry a lot of corn, and when you dry corn, you’re going to end up with more fines.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio Crop Tour recap

By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, Ohio’s 2023 average corn yield was 198 bushels per acre, up 11 bushels from 2022. Growers harvested 3.40 million acres for grain, up 7% from 2022. Total production of corn for grain was 673 million bushels, up 13% from 2022.

Ohio’s average soybean yield for 2023 was 58 bushels per acre, up 2.5 bushels from 2022. Growers harvested 4.73 million acres, down 7% from 2022. Production, at 274 million bushels, was down 3% from 2022.

The 2023 Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net Crop Tour was sponsored by Ohio Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and the soybean checkoff. The 2023 Ohio Crop Tour included both samples from our group and input from Ohio State University Extension. A good deal of variability was expected on the 2023 tour given the weather during the growing season.… Continue reading

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Statewide and Region Phosphorus Nutrient Use in Ohio

By Greg LaBarge, CPAg/CCA, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Agronomic Crops, Adapted from C.O.R.N. 2024-02

Soil available and added phosphorus (P) nutrient impacts Ohio’s crop production and environment. Fertilizer P can increase crop yields. Yet, excessive P can have negative impacts on water quality, resulting in toxic algal blooms. To properly calibrate the use of P for maximum crop yield efficiency and environmental safety, it is important to monitor P use trends, understand the changes to P recommendations from 1995 to today, review changes in soil test phosphorus (STP), and identify the sources of P used. Two recent factsheets examine P nutrient use at two scales: statewide and regional. The regional results were summarized by Crop Reporting Districts (CRD). The two publications and their links are Phosphorus (P) Nutrient Use in Ohio ANR-0143, found at, and Ohio Phosphorus (P) Use by Crop Reporting District ANR-0144, found at

These two reviews of P use reveal several trends impacting agronomic management and environmental outcomes: Ohio purchased P fertilizer use is trending downward.… Continue reading

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2024 Farm Bill Summit

Ever wondered how the Farm Bill affects our food and agricultural landscape? The farm bill, a substantial legislative package passed by the federal government every few years, impacts how funds are allocated for various crucial aspects of agriculture, nutrition, conservation efforts, natural resource protection, and support systems across the nation. To delve deeper into this vital legislation and its implications, attend the 2024 Farm Bill Summit on Feb. 23 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Fawcett Center (reception to follow from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.), hosted by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Engage in discussions led by CFAES and industry experts, unravel the complexities, and understand how this bill shapes the future of farming and related industries. This summit offers a unique opportunity to gain insights, network with others in the industry, and comprehend the far-reaching impact of the Farm Bill on our agricultural ecosystem.… Continue reading

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Enjoy more fruits and veggies this year

By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dietician

Mission for 2024 if you choose to accept it: eat more fruits and veggies. That is easier said than done for some. Fruits and veggies are a hard sell for kids and some adults. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that only 1 in 10 adults are getting enough fruits and veggies, lower for kids. There are many reasons why, including fear, marketing and cost. Taking those off the table, I think that people may have had Y-E-E, which is a Yucky Eating Experience, or they just think veggies are boring and do not know how or want to take the time to spice it up. Paul is a veggie protestor. I’m not sure of the reason. Maybe it is just one of those husband opposition things.

If this is happening at your house, it is time for operation Sneak. Grab your kitchen tools, veggies and stocked pantry and it is time to act like 007, Ethen Hunt or even an everyday MacGyver.… Continue reading

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Scott to be recognized as Emerging Leader

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to announce Paige Scott of Legacy Farmers Cooperative as the recipient of the 2024 Industry Excellence Award for Achievement as an Emerging Leader.

She will be recognized at the 2024 OABA Industry Conference on Jan. 31 and will receive a plaque and $1,000 cash award, sponsored by Assured Partners – J.H. Ward Agency.

OABA has a distinguished history of serving the agricultural industry and its members through advocacy, policy leadership and educational programs. The Industry Excellence Awards honor excellence, professionalism and achievement among OABA member companies and their employees, and thereby encourage that same excellence in others.

“Recognizing exceptional agribusiness individuals is crucial,” said Janice Welsheimer, OABA interim CEO. “The awards not only highlight individual excellence but also showcase a collective dedication to advancing our industry. Paige stands as a true leader and innovator in agribusiness, shaping the future through her exemplary work.”

The Achievement as an Emerging Leader Award is presented to an individual who represents the spirit of leadership as a growing agribusiness professional.… Continue reading

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USDA awarding MAP and FMD funds

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service announced it will award more than $203 million to nearly 70 agricultural organizations to help expand export markets for U.S. food and agricultural products through the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program. 

Through MAP, FAS will provide $174.3 million for fiscal year 2024 to 68 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. Organizations use the funds on consumer promotion, including brand promotion for small companies and cooperatives. These dollars are used extensively by organizations promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, processed products and bulk and intermediate commodities. According to FAS, the average MAP participant provides more than $2.50 in contributions for every $1 in federal funding it receives through the program.

FAS will allocate $27 million for fiscal year 2024 under the FMD program to 20 trade organizations. FAS focuses on generic promotion of U.S. commodities rather than consumer-oriented promotion of branded products. Preference is given to organizations that represent an entire industry or are nationwide in membership and scope.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Katherine Brown dives into key ag discussions at AFBF Convention

Katherine Brown of Stark County was Ohio’s representative at the 2024 American Farm Bureau Federation discussion meet contest held this past weekend in Salt Lake City. Brown made the notable achievement of moving onto the sweet 16 round of the competition. In this exclusive audio interview with Ohio Ag Net, she shares insights into the contest’s unique format, talks the wide array of topics tackled, and discusses the Ohio ag issues that resonate nationally. Curious how to get involved in the contest yourself down the road? Listen in to find out more.… Continue reading

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A look at fertilizer prices in Ohio      

By Amanda Bennett, Eric Richer, Clint Schroeder, Ohio State University Extension

In December 2023, OSU Extension launched a quarterly survey of fertilizer retailers in the state of Ohio to better understand local fertilizer prices. The survey was completed by 23 retailers across the state of Ohio from 18 different counties. Respondents were asked to quote spot prices as of the first day of the quarter (Jan. 1) with payment made by Jan. 15. Sale types included pickup (ie. freight on board or FOB) at the plant (any quantity), direct-to-farm delivery (truckloads), or delivered and applied (poultry litter only). No blending or application charges were to be included in the spot price.

In general survey participants reported the average price of all fertilizers was lower in Ohio compared to the national prices. In our survey, the fertilizer with the most movement in price was anhydrous ammonia with an average price ranging from $700 to $900 per ton with an average of $786 per ton.… Continue reading

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Wayne County Member Appreciation Breakfast

Wayne County Farm Bureau invites members and prospective members to their first-annual Member Appreciation Breakfast on Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Wayne County Schools Career Center. The culinary students will be offering a menu of breakfast frittatas, potatoes and pastries.

In addition to breakfast, the event will offer a presentation at 9 a.m. by David Marrison, Ohio State University Extension, on considerations for succession planning. Evan Callicoat, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of State Policy, will then present on the Ohio Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program. This program was just implemented in 2023 and the presentation will include information on how beginning farmers can qualify as well as the tax benefit to the landowner who would sell or rent land to a beginning farmer.

This event is free to members and their dependents. Non-members can attend at $20 per person. Become a member of the Wayne County Farm Bureau at the breakfast and there is no charge.… Continue reading

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Winning the War Against White Mold: Guide to Identification and Management

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

In parts of Ohio, the soybean crop was feeling the pressure from white mold in 2023. In the Northeast corner of the state, Ashtabula County, losses were very apparent. “The fields that were stressed from too much moisture earlier in the 2023 growing season never recovered and white mold wa terrible,” said Jeff Magyar, Ashtabula County Farmer. “The white mold could be seen in 25% to 30% of the soybean acres just driving by the fields.”

A similar story was seen in western Ohio. “We had some fields where white mold showed up late and probably caused some yield loss,” said Kyle Nietfeld, Mercer County Farmer. “It was not widespread in the county, but you could see patches in fields, especially those in river bottom areas.”

To address the concerns of farmers moving forward, OSU Extension and The Ohio Soybean Council are hosting a white mold zoom meeting with a guest pathologist from North Dakota State University.… Continue reading

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Don’t give away your risk premiums

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

There is simply too much corn in the U.S. this year. Production issues in Mato Grosso in April or May or in Iowa and Illinois in July are most likely the best chance for significantly higher prices.

Growing specialty corn (i.e. seed, white, non-GMO, high oil, silage, etc.) is popular with some farmers because there is usually an added premium to grow any corn not used for feed, export or ethanol. There can be several reasons for the premium:

  • Proximity to a specialty corn buyer
  • Risk of a potential yield reduction 
  • Increased weed treatment and/or insect cross-pollination 
  • Need for additional storage for identity preserved crops
  • Harder to replace if there is a production issue at a local level.

Most farmers do not want the hassle, or risk, of raising these crops. That is why there are big premiums. If everyone was doing it, there would not be a premium.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 332 | Planting Seeds: A Night for Young Professionals

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Ashely Tate a student at The Ohio State University, Julia Brown and Wendy Hovey both of Ohio Soybean Council.  They talk about the Night for Young Professionals that is coming up on February 1, 2024. The night helps students develop professionally with keynote speakers and panel discussions preparing them for their future careers after the classroom. The night is made possible by The Ohio State University, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Ohio Soybean Council, and Ohio Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn and Wheat: Dale talks to Tadd about ethanol and celebrating the sweet 16 of ethanol production in Ohio.  
  • Katherine Brown, AFBF Discussion: Katherine talks to Joel about being in the top 16 at the American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion meet at the annual meeting. 
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But for the squirrels

By Dan Armitage, Buckeye Sportsman

Santa brought me the coolest gift over the holidays and its use has directly impacted my daily schedule, including meeting deadlines and eating properly. Newly attached to the trunk of a maple tree some 10 yards from the window next to the wrinkled leather recliner where I read the newspaper each morning is a bird feeder. What makes it special is that it is fitted with a solar-powered, motion-activated, wireless camera that feeds images and video to a dedicated app on my phone, showing whatever is dining from the tray of seeds. I can even share those photos and videos with friends. What’s more, it has a bird ID feature that will tell me what species I have attracted to the feeder.  

That’s the best part, because I’m always curious about what species of birds I’m seeing in the yard throughout the season but can never seem to creep close enough to determine a positive identification.… Continue reading

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Saddle & Sirloin hosts inaugural cattle show

The Ohio State University’s Saddle and Sirloin Club rang in the new year in a big way, hosting their inaugural Saddle and Sirloin Spectacular cattle show on December 29-31 at Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville. 

During the livestock show, youth were awarded grand champion through 5th overall in both market and breeding shows. While no animals were sold, all event proceeds went to fund the continuation of the show. 

While the 114 student members of Saddle and Sirloin are no strangers to livestock show management and have facilitated youth opportunities frequently, this is the first year for its cattle show.

The successful show ran nearly 400 head (193 breeding heifers and 194 market animals) through two rings. Show chairs and Department of Animal Sciences students Erin Pope, Savannah Kinley, and Collin Fedderke worked with other club members to ensure a positive experience for families and exhibitors.

While club membership is comprised of a variety of majors, animal sciences students and those with backgrounds in agriculture make up a majority of the club.… Continue reading

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OCA recognizes award winners

During the Awards Banquet at the recent Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, attendees celebrated the achievements of their fellow cattlemen honored with annual awards. The seven awards presented were as follows:

Outstanding County — Darke County Cattlemen’s Association
Sponsored by Ohio Corn and Wheat

The Darke County Cattlemen’s Association president Erin Horst, leads the association’s eight- member board focusing on their mission of educating beef industry youth and long-time producers, as well as to inform consumers about beef. They accomplish their mission through hosting many different educational programs and advertising tactics. The association sponsors and hosts hoof trimming clinics, BQA sessions, and beef tours visiting different farms across the county learning about herd health, AI synchronization, and pasture management. 

Additionally, the Darke County Cattlemen’s Association implemented marketing efforts to educate beef consumers including billboards on main roadways, as well as the association’s Facebook page which houses a Google Map allowing consumers to find freezer beef within the county limits.… Continue reading

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Over $20,000 in scholarships awarded through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation successfully hosted its Annual Meeting, Jan. 13, 2024, where they awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to students within the beef and agriculture industries. These scholarships are presented with the goal of developing future leaders who will pursue careers for the betterment of Ohio’s beef industry.

High school seniors and current college students enrolled in a two or four-year college or university studying a beef or agricultural related field were awarded scholarships.

Scholarships awarded are as follows: 

Tagged for Greatness Scholarships

Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded through the Tagged for Greatness program. Proceeds are generated from the sale of Ohio beef specialty license plates sold at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office.  

The following individuals were awarded Tagged for Greatness Scholarships: Megan Garrison, Belmont County; Luke Jennings, Clermont County; Katelynn Wallace, Miami County; and Skyler Ward, Preble County.

Cattlemen’s Country Club Scholarships 

Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded from funds raised at the Cattlemen’s Country Club putt-putt golf course at the 2023 Ohio State Fair.… Continue reading

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