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Statewide H2Ohio deadline extended

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is extending the H2Ohio enrollment deadline for row crop producers who farm in Ohio’s 64 counties outside of the Western Lake Erie Basin. Farmers will have until Friday, May 31, 2024, to enroll.

ODA will enroll 500,000 acres, and enrollment will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information about the extended deadline and enrollment details, please contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.

Governor DeWine launched H2Ohio in 2019 as a comprehensive initiative aimed at addressing various threats to water quality, including harmful algal blooms caused by phosphorus runoff. H2Ohio’s agricultural program, which initially focused on northwest Ohio counties near Lake Erie, incentivizes farmers to implement science-based, proven best management practices to prevent nutrient runoff and improve water quality.

H2Ohio is Governor DeWine’s initiative to ensure safe and clean water in Ohio. It is a comprehensive, data-driven approach to improving water quality over the long term.… Continue reading

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Auction or private treaty?

By Matt Reese

While the excitement and competition among bidders at a farmland auction cannot be matched, sometimes it is not the right option for selling land.

“The decision whether to choose to sell at an auction boils down to the seller and what their desire is. The general public only sees about half of the transactions that Dye Real Estate and Land Co. does on a yearly basis. About half of our business comes from private sales — private treaty sales or listings like you would see with the normal home or a commercial building,” said Devin Dye, auctioneer, broker and owner of Dye Real Estate and Land Co. “Sometimes the client comes to us and says, ‘Hey we’re not interested in an auction.’ There’s a number of reasons why. Some of that is the desire to sell a farm and then continue renting it. If someone wants to sell a farm, but they’d like to continue renting the farm and farming it themselves, it doesn’t really go well with an auction format.… Continue reading

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Soybeans, Social Media and Succession Planning

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

You may know that Farmwithzoe is an agricultural social media influencer. You may know that Farmwithzoe shows the daily tasks of growing and marketing soybeans and corn to her 170,000 followers on Instagram, 198,000 followers on Facebook, and nearly 4,500 subscribers to her YouTube channel. You may even know that Farmwithzoe was an OSU Cheerleader during the 2014 National Championship Football Season. What you probably don’t know is that in her hometown, Farmwithzoe is just the girl next door that has taken over their 8th generation family farm.

Zoe Kent graduated with a degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, but ever since she was young, she knew that she wanted to farm. “My entire life I knew that I wanted to be a farmer. I grew up riding in the tractor with my dad,” said Kent.… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Episode 44, Soybeans, Social Media and Succession Planning

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

The Ohio Field Leader Roadshow collides with social media influencer Farmwithzoe on Episode 44. Dusty visits with Zoe Kent to discuss soybean farming, social media and its role in promoting production agriculture to the general public, and the importance of succession planning.… Continue reading

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SAF GREET update announced

Tune in to the audio player as Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg talks with Ohio Corn & Wheat’s Tadd Nicholson about SAF tax credits and DOE’s Argonne GREET model.

After months of waiting, the U.S. Treasury Department released a highly anticipated update to the Department of Energy’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model on April 30.

The Inflation Reduction Act, passed in 2022, allocates tax credits for biofuels that can demonstrate that they cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% or more. After the law was passed, Treasury and EPA were charged with choosing a model that would measure emissions throughout the life of biofuels. Late in 2023 the decision was made to settle on the GREET model, but it needed updates.

The April 30 update provided guidance on how feedstocks like corn ethanol could qualify for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) under the 40B tax credit of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).… Continue reading

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Good advice and common sense

By Barb Lumley

Common sense is defined as the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions. There are times when individuals are chosen to be in charge and to manage a large area that involves a huge amount of responsibility and contains many different types of inhabitants and activities.

Much knowledge is needed and many difficult decisions have to be made in order to manage successfully and to gain the best benefits for the entire area. It is vital to the situation that “common sense” be used in planning and making decisions.
A good example of someone who uses common sense as they manage and make the necessary decisions is the dairy farmer. It must be applied in order to achieve success. One of the biggest responsibilities is the “herd”. The decisions that are made must be best for them.

If the herd tears down the fence, escapes, and is wandering in all directions, they must first be found, then rounded up, and put back where they came from.… Continue reading

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Should free storage programs be used now?

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

Last week, basis and the spreads between futures contracts suggested that the market wanted grain now and not later. That prompted a question from a farmer who asked what they should do with the grain still in the bin. They told me they weren’t happy with the flat price value of grain, but they had time to move their grain while it was raining. They wanted to know if they should take advantage of free storage programs that their end user in their area was giving them and move their grain now.

I told them that if it were me, I would ABSOLUTELY NOT do that. 


The whole reason the basis is improving, and the spread is narrowing, is because end users can’t get corn into their facility. Delivering corn into “free” storage programs only helps end users procure bushels when they are desperate.… Continue reading

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Buckeye Temp Tracker – April 30, 2024

The Buckeye Temp Tracker is powered by BA Genetics and takes note of soil temperatures in four counties each week. Check back each Wednesday for the next update throughout this planting season.

In the interactive map below, click on the thermometer icons to see the soil temperature results from each of the four Ohio counties involved in the program.

Each reading is in degrees Fahrenheit.

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Ashland County

Unworked Corn Stalks – 60 degrees

Worked Ground – 60 degrees

Fairfield County

Unworked Cornstalks – 57 degrees (now worked and planted)

Worked Ground – 58 degrees (planted

Fayette County

Unworked Cornstalks – 60 degrees

Worked Ground – 63 degrees

Mercer County

Unworked Corn Stalks – 61 degrees

Worked Ground – 63 degrees

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AI: New v. old

By Matt Reese

I was recently giving a presentation to a farm group and a question came up about AI. Maybe for the first time ever, my mind immediately went to the 2024 definition of cutting-edge AI technology in agriculture instead of the 1938 definition of cutting-edge AI technology in agriculture.

In the 1920s and 30s, Russian scientist Ivanovich Ivanov developed the earliest techniques for artificially inseminating horses, cattle and sheep. By 1938 the practice had gotten started in the United States. Ivanov’s AI, of course, dramatically changed the future of animal agriculture. It was not that long ago I could safely assume that a reference to AI meant this one very specific practice in agricultural circles, but that, of course, has changed.

While the new AI has yet to eclipse the agricultural importance of the old AI, Artificial Intelligence is becoming a growing part of daily life for many people, including farmers.… Continue reading

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US Soybeans, quality and sustainability

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

It is a good feeling when a farmer knows that the customer wants to have their product.  In a world where both quality and sustainability are sought after, U.S. Soy is meeting the need. “I had three different people beg for our product,” said Jerry Bambauer, Ohio soybean farmer and board member of the Ohio Soybean Council, commenting on a recent U. S Soybean Export Council trip to Greece.

Recently, Bambauer along with Madison Layman, Manager, Demand and Market Development for the Ohio Soybean Council, traveled to Rhodes, Greece to present at the U.S. Soybean Export Council – USSEC Sustainable Aquaculture Seminar and Workshop. This is part of a checkoff-funded program called the Soy Innovation Center, an initiative to support the technical feed industry programs in Europe and encourage utilization of US Soy.

 “The Soy Innovation Center is basically a training program for mid to high tier employes in industries that are customers in the soybean supply chain,” said Layman.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 346 | Cargo Conversations

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Dusty Sonnenberg of Ohio Ag Net talks with Max Vekichcommissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission and Peter FriedmannAgriculture Transportation Coalition executive director. They talk about the Transportation Go! Conference in Toledo and what each organization does. Also, they talked about the transportation of cargo in bodies of water and the importance it plays on the agricultural industry.       

More in this week’s podcast:   

  • GrowNextGen: Dale Minyo talks with GrowNextGen teacher Kelly Lewis who utilizes it in her classroom to help students make connections between the agricultural and science industries.
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Major planting progress made this week

The ground continued to dry out and spraying activities were underway, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 2 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on April 28 was 53.9 degrees, 0.8 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.26 inches of precipitation, 0.47 inches below average. There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 28.

Farmers reported most areas have dried out apart from somelow areas. Corn and soybean planting progress inched forward to 6 and 7 percent planted, respectively. Oats were 66 percent planted. Winter wheat was 83 percent jointed and winter wheat condition was 69 percent good to excellent. Farmers reported fieldwork continued including tillage, spraying, fertilizing, and planting. Pollination periods for
fruit trees had been very effective.

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USDA actions to protect livestock health from highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza

To further protect the U.S. livestock industry from the threat posed by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, USDA is sharing a number of actions to help get ahead of this disease and limit its spread.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a Federal Order requiring the following measures, effective Monday, April 29, 2024.

Mandatory testing for interstate movement of dairy cattle

  • Prior to interstate movement, dairy cattle are required to receive a negative test for Influenza A virus at an approved National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratory.
  • Owners of herds in which dairy cattle test positive for interstate movement will be required to provide epidemiological information, including animal movement tracing.
  • Dairy cattle moving interstate must adhere to conditions specified by APHIS.
  • These steps will be immediately required for lactating dairy cattle, while these requirements for other classes of dairy cattle will be based on scientific factors concerning the virus and its evolving risk profile. 
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Feeding the community in more ways than one

By Matt Reese and Dale Minyo

One of the core principles of a cooperative is concern for the well-being of the community — a sentiment on clear display through the Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer program from Farm Credit Mid America (FCMA) and Rural 1st.

With county fair season almost here, the program is kicking off its fourth year of uniquely building up Ohio’s rural communities in several different ways.

“It’s very important to us that we are committed to strengthening our rural communities where our customers live. They’re our owners. We want to make sure we are helping them in any way we can, so we do that through investments and programs which includes scholarships, programs and partnerships that sustain those communities and prepare the next generation of ag leaders,” said Rudi Pitzer Perry, regional vice president of ag lending for FCMA. “Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer is a contest we first launched in 2021.… Continue reading

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Lake Erie continues to please anglers

By Dan Armitage, outdoors writer

Ohio anglers testing the waters of Lake Erie this season can expect 2024 to again offer world-class ‘catching’ opportunities, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW), as after years of strong walleye hatches, Lake Erie continues to affirm that it is The Walleye Capital of the World. What’s more, a stable yellow perch population in Lake Erie’s west zone will provide good fishing in 2024 while, on the flip side, low perch catch rates are expected to continue in the central and east zones of Ohio’s Great Lake.

“Lake Erie is known worldwide as a top fishing destination for a variety of species,” said Travis Hartman, Lake Erie Fisheries Program Administrator for the Division. “Lake Erie’s sustainable high performance is due in part to science-based management which guides regulations and ensures long-term angling opportunities.”

Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system.… Continue reading

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Corn Planting Cab Cam with Casey Niese, Niese Farms

Ride along in our latest Cab Cam as we follow Casey Niese of Niese Farms as he plants corn in Hancock County. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood joins Casey to talk about their impressive tandem planting setup as well as the the challenges and strategies that are defining the 2024 planting season.

The 2024 Cab Cam series is sponsored by Precision Agri-Services Inc. More information at… Continue reading

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H2Ohio moves statewide, plus other updates

By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg

Since Governor DeWine initially launched H2Ohio in 2019 there have been some ups and downs, but ultimately the program has made positive impacts in farm efficiency, funding opportunities and water quality.

H2Ohio began as a comprehensive initiative aimed at addressing various threats to water quality, including harmful algal blooms caused by phosphorus runoff. H2Ohio’s agricultural program, which first focused solely on farms located in northwest Ohio counties in the Lake Erie watershed, incentivizes farmers to implement science-based, proven best management practices to prevent nutrient runoff and improve water quality. 

On April 19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Brian Baldridge announced that H2Ohio’s agriculture incentive program is now being offered to producers across Ohio. The brief statewide enrollment for row-crop producers who farm in Ohio’s 64 counties outside of northwest Ohio’s Western Lake Erie Basin is from April 22 through May 6 seeking to enroll 500,000 acres into the program.… Continue reading

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Spring Soil Sampling Tips to Combat SCN

By the SCN Coalition

Because SCN is the most damaging pathogen in U.S. soybeans – costing farmers more than $1 billion annually in lost yields – farmers who didn’t have time to pull soil samples for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) last fall have another opportunity this spring.

Knowing the SCN number for each field will help farmers determine the appropriate management strategies to use. An active SCN management plan includes:

1.              Testing fields to know SCN numbers.

2.              Rotating SCN-resistant varieties.

3.              Rotating to non-host crops.

4.              Possibly using a nematode-protectant seed treatment.

5.              WATCH VIDEO

The SCN Coalition is excited about the discovery and encourages farmers and industry stakeholders to continue to advocate for new tools like this.

Spring soil sampling tips:

Experts recommend waiting until the soil warms up and taking soil cores when fields aren’t muddy. Take 20 cores from every 20 acres or so collected from the upper 8 inches of soil.… Continue reading

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Farmworker protection rule finalized

On April 26, the Department of Labor announced a final rule to strengthen protections for farmworkers. The rule targets vulnerability and abuses experienced by workers under the H-2A program that undermine fair labor standards for all farmworkers in the U.S.  

The H-2A program allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers when the department determines there is a lack of able, willing and qualified U.S. workers to perform the agricultural labor or services, and that employing temporary labor will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.

“H-2A workers too frequently face abusive working conditions that undercut all farmworkers in the U.S.,” said Acting Secretary Julie Su. “This rule ensures farmworkers employed through the H-2A program are treated fairly, have a voice in their workplace and are able to perform their work safely. It also promotes employer accountability, benefitting all farmworkers by upholding labor standards. The Biden-Harris administration is committed to being the most pro-worker administration in history, and this rule is a significant milestone in that effort.” … Continue reading

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