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Wheat acres add across-the-board sustainability

By Matt Reese

It is a well-known fact that including wheat in the crop rotation has many positive benefits, both in terms of the environment and the bottom line. 

“We get the objection pretty regularly that wheat is a disruption from the fall/spring rotation. Wheat is ready for harvest around July Fourth when guys want to do other things during the holiday weekend, but at the at the end of the day, we hear all the time that the producers are bottom-line oriented so, regardless of the crop, if it’s a healthy addition to their farm, they’re usually willing to give it a try and make that investment in equipment and labor,” said Ken Davis, with Grow Pro Genetics. “You can’t be afraid of old-fashioned hard work and when it pays off, we find that guys will come back to it.”

Grow Pro Genetics specializes in soft red winter wheat breeding programs to maximize the benefits of wheat and minimize the challenges. … Continue reading

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Cover crop interseeding

By Clint Nester, Nester Ag, LLC

We have seen a recent uptick in interest for interseeding cover crops. In NW Ohio we typically struggle to diversify from cereal rye due to late corn and soybean harvest dates. Growers often tell us that airplane applications are too unpredictable and crops come off too late in the fall to utilize a drill. Interseeding  opens the door for earlier planting dates as well as additional cover crop species. However, there are multiple things to think about ahead of time before jumping in feet first.

Clint Nester


Most of our growers that are interseeding into corn with a ground rig are seeding around the V5-V6 time frame in order to get the cover crop germinated prior to crop canopy. There are numerous companies now building interseeders: Fennig Equipment, Hiniker and Dawn Equipment have all developed variations of row unit type seeders. Additionally there are numerous broadcast options mounted on toolbars available.… Continue reading

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Walleye getting no respect

By Dan Armitage, Buckeye Sportsman

Ohio does not officially have a state fish to complement the long list of official animal symbols that even include a state fish fossil. Potential state fish candidates have been debated through the years, as residents and legislators have suggested a wide range of native fish species to formally represent the state, including yellow perch, smallmouth bass, bluegill and walleye.

When the Columbus, Ohio-based news outlet, NBC4, held a poll to narrow down official fish options to propose to state legislators in 2021, the walleye received 27.5% of the votes. During NBC4’s initial survey where they asked readers and watchers to suggest species for the eventual poll, walleye also made up around one-third of the feedback. Ohio has struggled with deciding on its official state fish since at least the 1980s, as various state fish bills have been proposed, with every one failing to get passed — including that most recent effort.… Continue reading

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July WASDE: Soybean and corn ending stocks bigger than expected

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

US highlights – Corn 2023 production 15.320 billion bushels and a yield at 177.5  bpa. Last month 15.265 billion bushels, yield of 181.5 bpa. Soybean 2023 production 4.3 billion bushels, last month 4.510 billion bushels. Note that the drop in US soybean production for 2023 is down significantly due to lower acres which were detailed with the June 30 Acreage Report.

More US highlights – US corn exports for 2022-2023 down 75 million bushels, corn for ethanol down 25 million bushels. US soybean exports for 2022-2023 down 20 million bushels, crush unchanged.  

World highlights – Brazil soybean production 156  million tons, last month was 156 million tons. Argentina soybean production 25 million tons, last month was 25 million tons. Brazil corn production 133  million tons, last month 132 million tons.

USDA today projected China would be importing 99 million tons of soybeans during the current marketing year from September to August.… Continue reading

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Governor DeWine requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for East Palestine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine requested that President Joseph R. Biden issue a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration relating to the Norfolk Southern train derailment and release of hazardous chemicals that occurred in East Palestine.

“The possibility remains that the voluntary support provided by Norfolk Southern could at some point in the future cease, and this Declaration is needed to ensure that the State and Federal government use all resources available to step in and provide the community with needed assistance.,” DeWine stated in his letter to President Biden.

Since the derailment in East Palestine on February 3, 2023, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency has maintained frequent contact with FEMA on numerous fronts, including the potential provision of aid through FEMA. FEMA has consistently advised that such assistance would likely not be granted because of no unmet needs reported to the state. The voluntary actions of Norfolk Southern have to date reimbursed citizens and state and local governments for costs associated with damage incurred due to the train derailment.… Continue reading

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Wildfire smoke impacts

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

The Canadian Wildfires are playing havoc on humans, livestock, and agriculture.  At least 3,000 Canadian wildfires have burnt over 20 million acres with over 500 wildfires still active.  The fire season in Canada runs from May to October and this is the worst fire season (Level 5) since 1989. Dry weather, drought, plus poor forestry management has led to a lot of fuel for these wildfires, resulting in smoke and air pollution for the Midwest and Northeastern USA.

The hazy atmosphere is due to excess smoke and fine particulates in the atmosphere and can cause lung and breathing issues. Fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) in smoke inhaled in the lungs can lead to many health problems. Wildfire smoke symptoms include coughing, stinging eyes or eye irritation, fatigue (tiredness), headaches, rapid heartbeat, scratchy throat, short breath, runny nose, and wheezing.   People with asthma and heart disease are at the most risk of having adverse reactions to the smoke and fine particulates. … Continue reading

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USDA report bearish for corn, acreage decrease bullish on beans

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

While the USDA report last week was bearish corn, the 4 million acre decrease in beans from the March planting intentions was bullish.  Plus, old crop stocks were adjusted down slightly too.  Both of these factors contributed to the $1.20 rally last Friday and this previous Monday. However, by the end of the week beans had pulled back over 70 cents but are still up 50 cents from just prior to the report.

Following provides some report highlights for beans.

Harvested vs Planted Acres

Like corn, the USDA’s estimated harvest rate more closely resembles 2013 to 2017 versus the lower rate from 2018 to 2022.  Considering bean’s higher value this year though, the increased harvest rate may end up being more accurate.  If the average from the last five years is used, carryout would decrease by 10% and likely send prices higher over time.… Continue reading

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Knowing the difference between a hobby farm and a business farm

By Brian Ravencraft

Sometimes farming is considered a hobby. The farmer grows crops or keeps livestock for enjoyment reasons. Profit does not come into play. An operation run like this is known as a hobby farm. The other side of the coin is farming for profit. These farm operations are carried out with the purpose of making money in mind. However, the lines can get blurry. A hobby farm can turn into a business for one reason or another.
Taxpayers must be aware of the distinction between a hobby farm and a business farm. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is always a good resource to turn to for clarification on this matter. Here is a list of factors they share regarding whether farming activity if a business or hobby:

• The taxpayer carries out activity in a businesslike manner and maintains complete and accurate books and records.

• The taxpayer puts time and effort into the activity to show they intend to make it profitable.… Continue reading

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Drainage Installation Field Day

The Ohio State University at Lima will host a Drainage Installation Field Day on the campus farm on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.

Field demonstrations by the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors of America, or OLICA, will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue in an open-house-style format throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available off Thayer Road. Maps of the campus with parking and registration areas marked are available as part of the registration process.  Lunch will be provided at noon. Bruce Clevenger, a farm management field specialist with Ohio State University Extension, will make a short educational presentation about crop yields and the economic benefits of drainage and drainage water management. Space is limited for lunch, so RSVP by July 16. Register here or visit for more information.

The schedule is:

  • 9 a.m.-noon: field demonstrations
  • Noon-1:30 p.m.: lunch and educational presentation
  • 1-3 p.m.: demonstrations continue in the field

The field day is brought to the area by The Ohio State University at Lima; Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; and OSU Extension, in cooperation with the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association, and OLICA Associate members.… Continue reading

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Wheat Harvest Ramps Up

Ohio wheat harvest ramped up last week, with 32 percent of the crop now harvested, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Widespread rainfall last week aided corn, soybeans and hay. Despite the rain, more precipitation was needed. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report showed 61.7 percent of the State as abnormally dry or worse, a decline over last week’s 75.2 percent rating. Conditions matching the moderate drought rating were observed in 28.4 percent of the State. The average temperature for the week ending on July 9 was 74.9 degrees, 2 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.35 inches of precipitation, 0.58 inches above average. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 9. 

Wheat yields so far were mixed with some farmers reporting yields a little better than expected, while others were disappointed. Winter Wheat was rated 72 percent good to excellent, up from the previous week.… Continue reading

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Markets looking for balance

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

Balance. It is a quality all of us wish for and want to hold onto. Grain producers long for balance as it can provide more certainty for the bottom line. Grains were considerably out of balance on the June 30 USDA report day with two separate reports. First, the Quarterly Grain Stocks Report and second, the U.S. Acreage Report. Just hours and days ahead of those two reports, many had suggested the Quarterly Grain Stocks Report would be the more important of the two. Wrong. Instead, the acreage report provided an immediate blistering amount of fireworks and price implications. It has been long an assumption that USDA reports can often provide a surprise.

June 30 was a classic example of a stunner as balance was certainly missing for over two hours from the noon report release until trading ended at its normal 2:20 pm ET. Corn and soybeans closed different with December CBOT corn down 33 cents while November CBOT soybeans closed up 77 cents.… Continue reading

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Public Notice by the Ohio Pork Council and the National Pork Board

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2024 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting of the Ohio Pork Council at The Silo, 138 W. Main St., Plain City, Ohio. All Ohio pork producers are invited to attend.

Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted. For more information, contact the Ohio Pork Council Office, 9798 Karmar Ct. Suite A, New Albany, OH 43054, 614-882-5887.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 307 | Inside Ohio’s State Budget

Summer is usually a break for those in policy and politics, however, this week’s guests are staying busy with the state budget. Hosts of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, Dusty Sonnenberg and Joel Penhorwood, discuss the recently passed state operating budget and the House Agriculture Committee. They’re joined by podcast guest, Director of State Policy for Ohio Farm Bureau, Evan Callicoat. The conversation will cover how agriculture is benefiting from lines in the state budget, improvements to H2Ohio Water Initiative, and what it takes to implement new Ohio funding. 

Dusty sits down with Representative Rodney Creech, Chair of the House Agriculture & Conversation Committee, to hear his thoughts on the recently passed legislation and the goals of his leadership in agriculture. He brings a unique perspective as a Preble County farmer, landscape business owner, and legislator for Ohio.

Dale hears updates from Homan Inc. with Dale Everman about everything agriculture solutions.… Continue reading

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Rains, wheat and haze

By Jeff Magyar

We’ve gotten maybe two inches of rain total in the last couple of weeks and we’re hanging in there. We tried to do some anhydrous on some late corn for a neighbor in Orwell, which is 10 miles from the farm, but it was so wet we couldn’t run. South of us in Trumbull County they have gotten an inch at best so they’re really hurting. The rain has been spotty, very erratic over the last two weeks.

Corn seems to be handling the conditions better. Beans just aren’t taking off in this area and you don’t see the darkening color. The nodules have been very slow getting started. I also always remember the old adage in which the dry years scare you to death and wet years starve you to death.

The early stuff that we planted the beginning of May may be tasseling in the next day or two, but the later corn that had trouble emerging and was waiting on water is a foot tall at best.… Continue reading

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Sharing the story of beef production

By Matt Reese

W.J. Fannin III loves to share the story of beef production.

“I enjoy the direct marketing. It gives us a chance to tell the story from the producer level. Big corporations have never been able to figure out a way to mass produce beef. They have never been able to take a momma cow and have calves in barns and have the success rate be high. Why would you want something grown in a petri dish to eat when you could have something natural and grown in pasture on a farm? Selling direct lets me tell that story. We’re trying to tell the story of what we do whenever we can,” Fannin said. “We are marketing in every way possible. We sell cattle in any way to suit a person’s needs. We sell freezer beef, we sell to restaurants, we sell them live on the hoof, we sell direct to packers.… Continue reading

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New report examines a future without glyphosate

Aimpoint Research, a global strategic intelligence firm, released a new report, “A future without glyphosate” exploring the complexities of glyphosate’s impact on our agricultural system, farmers’ livelihoods, the economy, and the environment if the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. was no longer available. Ultimately, the report concludes that U.S. farmers and the agricultural system would eventually adapt, but the near-term consequences to the economy, environment, and farmers would be costly and far-reaching.

“Ongoing public debate about glyphosate has led some to question what the impacts would be if it were no longer available and Aimpoint Research is uniquely suited to develop that future scenario,” said Colonel (retired) Mark Purdy, Aimpoint Research Chief Operations Officer. “We leveraged multiple research methods, including open-source research, economic modeling, subject-matter expert interviews and military-style wargaming techniques to understand the impact of glyphosate on our agricultural system.”

“While markets would adapt to a world without glyphosate, it would be a substantial economic cost to farmers and cause the rapid release of greenhouse gasses, reversing decades of conservation and sustainability gains,” said Gregg Doud, Aimpoint Research Chief Economist.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau unveils farm labor resources

As competition for available skilled farm workers intensifies and wages for those workers increase, finding and retaining farm labor remains one of the greatest challenges for Ohio agriculture. That’s why Ohio Farm Bureau, in a partnership with Nationwide, has released a first-of-its-kind Labor Intelligence Report and Guide to Finding, Hiring and Retaining Farm Employees through their new Ag Intelligence Service.

The report, titled “Farm Employees. Where are they? Strategies and Solutions for Your Farm,” outlines current farm labor challenges and explores how farmers are considering alternative staffing solutions and strategies to find, recruit and retain farm employees. The report is being offered as a free download for anyone interested in the valuable information.

“A Guide to Finding, Hiring and Retaining Farm Employees,” available exclusively for Ohio Farm Bureau members, is designed to help position farm businesses as an employer of choice in this tough labor market. It will help farmers attract and retain quality labor and reduce the chance of a key employee leaving, causing a business disruption.… 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 Corn Marketing Program seeks election to board for five districts

Pursuant to Section 924.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, Brian Baldridge, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture will conduct an election of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Board on December 5, 2023.

The Ohio Corn Marketing Program is designed to increase the market for corn and enhance opportunities for Ohio corn growers. The program provides funds for corn research, education, and market development and promotion.

The election to the Board will include these five districts.

District 2: Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood

District 6: Ashland, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland

District 8: Auglaize, Mercer, Miami, Shelby

District 11: Darke, Montgomery, Preble

District 14: Fayette, Highland, Pike, Ross

The Nomination Procedure is as follows:

• Nominating petitions may be obtained from Brian Baldridge, Director Ohio Department of Agriculture

Legal Section

8995 East Main Street

Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 43068-3399

Telephone (800) 282-1955 or (614) 728-6390

• Petitions require at least 25 valid signatures from Ohio corn growers who reside within the district in which the candidate seeks election.… Continue reading

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