Farm Science Review to highlight practices to benefit water quality

By Amanda Meddles, Steve Prochaska and Glen Arnold, OSU Extension

This year Farm Science Review is celebrating its 50th show. It is amazing how far agriculture has come in 50 years. One thing we have learned in those 50 years is how important nutrient placement is for crop production and environmental sustainability. Ohio lakes have been suffering the past few years from excess nutrient loading that has resulted in Hazardous Algal Blooms. Fertilizer and manure used in crop production are sources of nutrients transported to Ohio lakes and rivers via sedimentation, runoff and tile discharge.

In July, Directors of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) announced the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative. This initiative will start the following specific farm level recommendations: 1) Take soil tests and follow fertilization rates as found in the Tri-State Recommendations and/or OSU Recommendations; 2) No spreading of phosphorus on frozen or snow covered ground; 3) Maintain good nutrient application records; 4) As much as possible, incorporate nutrients into the soil layer or on a growing crop at the appropriate time; 5) Follow the 4R Nutrient Steward guidelines found at:… Continue reading

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Tips to deal with drought-stressed forages

Put a plan of action in place to make the most of this year’s forages.

With extreme drought conditions affecting more than half of the U.S., and in excess of 30 percent of the corn crop rated at poor or very poor conditions – this year’s forages are likely to present some challenges.

“Unfortunately you can’t control the plant that’s presented for harvest,” says Martha Baker, dairy nutrition specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. “But you can control what you do with it.”

The upside to dealing with drought-stressed forages is that total plant digestibility tends to go up and they tend to be good quality feeds, because of higher stem to leaf ratios. “Improved digestibility offers some advantages and is something dairy producers and nutritionists need to keep in mind when formulating rations with this year’s crop,” she says.

To handle and feed drought-stressed forages, Baker offers the following advice:

Decide when to harvest.… Continue reading

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Jr. Fair Dairy Show Results

For more photographs, please visit the Ohio State Fair Dairy Shows photo gallery.

Junior Holstein Show

Judge: Terry Rawn, Charlestown, West Virginia

Junior Champion: Trealayne Aftershock Gracie, winter yearling, exhibited by Clay Hershberger, Sugarcreek

Reserve Junior Champion: Spring-Way-Sassy-Rae, winter yearling, exhibited by Cole Cummings, Sidney

Intermediate Champion: Rose-View Pure Foxie, senior two-year-old, exhibited by Cole Cummings, Sidney

Reserve Intermediate Champion: Miley Debonair Glitter-Red, junior three-year-old, exhibited by Adam Miley, West Salem

Senior & Grand Champion: Miley Roy Select Excitement, aged cow, exhibited by Anna Miley, West Salem

Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion: Topp-View Ronelee Ellie-ET, five-year-old, exhibited by Keaton Topp, Botkins

Junior Ayrshire Show

Judge: Julie Hemp, Chebanse, Illinois

Junior Champion: Gamineacho Remington Shellie, fall yearling, exhibited by Ashley Hawvermale, Wooster

Reserve Junior Champion: ToppView Bendig Wanna Play, winter yearling, exhibited by Kinley Topp, Botkins

Senior & Grand Champion: Mill Valley Rosette’s Rhonda, aged cow, exhibited by Lane Greiwe, Quincy

Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion: Conebella Sarge’s Wendy, exhibited by Tanner Topp,Wooster

Junior Milking Shorthorn Show

Judge: Brian Pederson, Ogilvie, Minnesota

Junior Champion: Buckeye Knoll Plmamzing, winter calf, exhibited by Sarah Rhoades, Greenville

Reserve Junior Champion: Blue Spruce RR Myas Macy EXP, summer yearling, exhibited by Ashley Hawvermale, Wooster

Senior & Grand Champion: Redien Acres JR, junior two-year-old, exhibited by Jacob Baker, Homeworth

Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion: Midway W.L.… Continue reading

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Jr. Fair Lamb Show Results






Breed Champions:

Champion Hampshire: Emily Overs, Degraff
Reserve Hampshire: Madison Banbury, Danville

Champion Shropshire: Kaylee Achor, Hillsboro
Reserve Shropshire: Landon Richards, Pemberville

Champion Southdown: Austin Hunker, Bellevue
Reserve Southdown:, Matthew Wallen, St. Paris

Champion Suffolk: Colin Gump, Fletcher
Reserve Suffolk: Logan Harvel, Mt. Sterling

Champion Dorset: Emily Johnson, Casstown
Reserve Dorset: Sarah Hunker, Bellevue

Champion Montadale: Brock Martin, Attica
Reserve Montadale: Nick Fowler, Salesville

Champion Oxford: Logan Harvel, Mt. Sterling
Reserve Oxford: Morgan Hines, Mineral City

Champion All Other Breeds: Justin Howell, Danville
Reserve All Other Breeds: Jacob Fowler, Salesville

Champion Brockle: Lindsey Pfeiffer, Richwood
Reserve Brockle: Austin Hunker, Bellevue

Champion Natural Color: Sarah Young, Leesburg
Reserve Natural Color: Emma Newson, Jackson

Champion Grade: Emily Overs, DeGraff
Reserve Grade: Madison Banbury, Danville

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Butter cow unveiled at the Ohio State Fair

The butter cow display at this year’s Ohio State Fair highlights the bicentennial birthday of Columbus, Ohio. The display features a five-foot by six-foot birthday cake made from 2,400 sticks of butter. The cake features ornate carvings of notable city landmarks.

This year the butter cow will tweet and update Facebook from the fair. The cow will be milking this opportunity for all it’s worth. Representing more than 268,000 real dairy cows across Ohio, the butter cow will be promoting not only the new butter sculpture at the fair, but also highlighting all of the great things about Ohio’s dairy community.

The Ohio State Fair runs from July 25 until August 5 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Social media users are encouraged to follow @OHDairyFarmers on Twitter, and “like” Ohio Dairy Farmers on Facebook. The butter cow will be tweeting and posting about various topics, including dairy trivia and state fair facts.… Continue reading

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Forage options after corn

A wide range of forage crops could help grain and livestock producers salvage some value from their fields once the drought-ravaged corn crop has been harvested — if soil moisture returns to a level that can support plant growth.

While damaged corn can be used as forage to feed livestock, it won’t be enough to thwart forage shortages. Several forage crops are available for growers to plant in late summer or early fall and that could serve as livestock feed in the spring.

“For the August seeding, an excellent consideration would be spring oat that will be harvested by machine, or a combination of spring oat and forage turnip if grazed by livestock,” said Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist. “Spring oat will not survive the winter. While the expectation is for turnips to winterkill, too, it has been observed that they can survive a mild winter.”

Another possible choice is annual ryegrass, but growers who go this route need to pay close attention to keep the crop from becoming a nuisance.… Continue reading

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Aquaculture conference next month

People interested in learning business strategies to develop and maintain a healthy and sustainable fish farming operation can do so during a conference on aquaculture offered by a group of educators, including those from Ohio State University Extension.

The conference, “Planning for Aquaculture Business Success,” will be held Aug. 6-7 in the meeting rooms at Cabela’s Inc., an outdoor retail store at 110 Cabelas Blvd. East, in Dundee, Mich. The event will highlight sound financial practices and innovative approaches in the aquaculture industry, said Laura Tiu, an aquaculture specialist for OSU Extension.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, is offered through a partnership with the Ohio Aquaculture Research and Development Center at OSU South Centers; the National Aquaculture Association with funding from the United Soybean Board; the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center; the Nature Conservancy; Michigan Sea Grant; the Michigan Aquaculture Association; and the Ohio Aquaculture Association.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair sees increase in Jr. Fair livestock entries, changes made to beef show

By: Heather Hetterick

This year you’ll see more animals in the poultry and rabbit barns.

“We are up overall in our junior livestock entries,” Alicia Shoults, Marketing & Public Relations Director for the Ohio State Fair said. “Poultry is up with the most. We have  79  more entries this year in the junior show so we are up to  714 total entries in poultry.”

The open poultry show has more than 500 additional entry’s this year.

Rabbits entries are up significantly as well.

“Rabbits are up 55, which is a significant jump, so we’re up to 527 entries,” Shoults said.

Hogs, sheep, beef and horse entries remain around the same.

Shoults said there are more than 1,600 hogs and 1,300 lambs entered in each of those Jr. Fair shows.

The Jr. Fair beef show will see several changes this year.

There will be four additional heifer divisions, Lim-Flex, MaineTainer, ShorthornPlus and Percentage Simmental, that will be eligible to compete in the supreme champion beef breeding female competition on Saturday, Aug.… Continue reading

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NIAA to host antibiotics symposium in Columbus

By Matt Reese

To build on the success of their first conference focused on antibiotics in 2011, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture is hosting a second conference on the topic this November in Columbus.

“A one health approach to antimicrobial use and resistance: A dialogue for a common purpose” will be held Nov. 13-15 at the Hilton Polaris Hotel in Columbus. Ohio presents a great forum for the symposium for a number of reasons.

“Columbus is an excellent choice for this. One of the main reasons for this is that we have seven health colleges here at Ohio State on one campus. There are no other universities that can say that,” said Leah Dorman, DVM, director of food programs, Center for Food and Animal Issues for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and symposium co-chair. “And, Lonnie King, who is the dean of the OSU veterinary school and the coordinator between these seven health colleges, is so knowledgeable in the topic of one health with antibiotics.”… Continue reading

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Jr. Fair Goat Show Results

Jordan Fledderjohann, Shelby County, won Grand Champion Market Wether.
Reserve Champion Market Wether: Levi Criswell, Marion County.




Ty Higgins visits with Fledderjohann shortly after winning Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2012 Ohio State Fair.

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat exhibitor Levi Criswell visited with Ty about the challenges 2012 brought to raising a goat.


View more photos from the Jr. Fair Goat show.

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AFBF sides against EPA in poultry suit

Taking aim at the Environmental Protection Agency in support of a Farm Bureau member, the American Farm Bureau Federation on Thursday filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit concerning EPA’s authority to regulate poultry and livestock farms under the Clean Water Act. AFBF filed to intervene on the side of West Virginia poultry grower Lois Alt, who brought suit to challenge an EPA order demanding that Alt obtain an unnecessary and costly CWA discharge permit. AFBF was joined in the motion by the West Virginia Farm Bureau.

Alt sued EPA in June after the agency ordered her to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permit. EPA’s order threatens Alt with $37,500 in daily fines for storm water that may come into contact with dust, feathers or dander deposited on the ground outside of poultry house ventilation fans, or small amounts of manure that may be present in the farmyard as a result of normal poultry farming operations.… Continue reading

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Drought could be disastrous for livestock industry

Drought that is spreading across the country is increasing feed prices and quickly spelling financial disaster for livestock producers, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt said.

While crop producers face serious economic losses from reduced or non-existent yields, the lack of corn, soybean and hay crops could make the fallout even worse for milk, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, egg, turkey and duck producers.

“The first thought is crop producers will bear the brunt of the financial losses, but losses in animal industries will be enormous over the next year — perhaps considerably greater than for the crop sector,” Hurt said.

Unlike many crop farmers, livestock producers don’t typically have any form of income protection comparable to crop insurance. December 2012 corn futures already have risen by nearly 55%, and soybean meal futures are up 24%.

“These higher feed prices have to be absorbed by the animal industry, causing a collapse in financial margins,” Hurt said.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Agencies launch the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative

Three state agencies jointly launched the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative, a program geared to improve water quality and reduce Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. HABs are threatening the ecological integrity and economic impact of Lake Erie, one of Ohio’s most precious natural resources.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) developed this initiative based on the findings of a report the agencies released in March.

“Agriculture is important to Ohio — it is the No. 1 industry in our state,” said ODA Director David Daniels. “The Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative focuses on reducing excess nutrients in our waterways resulting not only from agriculture, but from a variety of urban and residential sources, such as sewage overflow. Together our agencies believe we can address the challenges facing Ohio’s waterways through this program.”

The Directors’ Agricultural Nutrients and Water Quality Working Group report includes recommendations for the implementation of a 4R Nutrient Stewardship program, which promotes using the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, with the right placement.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair to induct nine into Hall of Fame

The Ohio State Fair will induct nine new Hall of Fame members on July 26 in the Rhodes Center Auditorium. The 2012 inductees are as follows:

Lisa Frost, Fayette County
Bernard (Bernie) M. Heisner, Franklin County
Bryan Hetterscheidt, Morrow County
Dr. Bobby Moser, Franklin County
Kay Quinton, Miami County
Ken & Janet Stiverson, Marion County
Carl D. Williams, Morgan County
Betty Wingerter, Montgomery County

Lisa Frost has actively worked at the Ohio State Fair for 18 years in the sheep department; Lisa is a supporter of the Fair and gives many hours of her time planning and working for the Fair. Lisa has received both the Ohio State Fair Star Performer Award and the 2007 Appreciation of Support Award for her work.

Bernie M. Heisner has been a supporter of dairy cattle at the Ohio State Fair for 19 years. Over the years he has contributed financially and through man power to the Fair.… Continue reading

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Beef 101 educates members of Congress

Representatives from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Nebraska Cattlemen today gave an overview of the U.S. beef industry to congressional staff members as part of NCBA’s “Beef 101” educational series.

Beef 101 is an educational series for members of Congress and their staff. The program was developed to bridge the knowledge gap between elected officials and the beef industry.  The session featured a presentation by University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Tom Field, Ph.D., who gave a general overview of the U.S. beef industry. Field told roughly 40 attendees that the $220 billion beef industry is largely family-owned, with 97% of beef producers located on family farms, ranches and feedyards.

Field, who runs a family cattle operation in Colorado, explained to attendees the current beef industry is made up of 751,000 beef herds totaling approximately 30 million cows and 26 million feeder calves. He also stated that since the 1970s, the U.S.… Continue reading

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Event reaches urban customers with the taste of lamb

By Matt Reese

The weekend Lamb Jam held in conjunction with the Wine Festival at the North Market in downtown Columbus showed consumers how delicious and versatile lamb can be. Seven top chefs from around Columbus competed for a $500 top prize based on their best lamb dish.

The winner of the event was Aaron White with Columbus Brewing Company. His Lamb Adobo Enchiladas wowed judges with their flavor. The runner-up was the Fig Glazed Lamb Ribs with a warm Ferro salad from Phil Gulis with Luce. Chefs from the Refectory, Bodega, Gourmet Pizza Bistro, Renaissance Hotels and  MoJoe’s Columbus also competed with delicious lamb dishes.

“This was a great way to expose more urban customers to the delicious lamb produced right here in Ohio,” said Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. “There was a great crowd here and plenty of opportunities for them to enjoy lamb.”… Continue reading

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