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The Beck’s “Why I Farm” movement hits the road

When Natalina Sents recently graduated from Iowa State University graduate, she wasn’t headed for a full-time job. She was embarking on the journey of a lifetime. Sents is setting out on the Beck’s Why I Farm Road Trip – a year-long, 50 state tour documenting agriculture’s diversity and revealing the untold stories of America’s farmers.

The Why I Farm Road Trip began on May 15 in Sents’ home state of Iowa. Over the past three weeks, she has also visited farms in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania and here in Ohio. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Natalina in between farm stops.… Continue reading

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Farmers still trying to plant beans as wheat harvest approaches

For DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Tate Cockerill’s territory in southern Ohio, growers are still trying to get soybean planting wrapped up just as the wheat is getting ready for an early harvest. With the markets setting up nicely for soybeans, the planter may be right back out after the combine to put in double crop fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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Concerns over high trap counts of European corn borer

Farm economics caused growers to plant more non-BT corn than usual and those acres will need to be watch carefully as recent trap counts for European corn borer have come in high. Brodbeck Seeds regional agronomist Terry Jones talks about the insect pressures that will be kicking up as the growing season begins, sidewall compaction and the 2016 planting season with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.… Continue reading

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A great end to planting and a great start to the growing season

After eventful weather and begrudgingly uneventful field action most of May, many farmers around Ohio had a great stretch of sun and warmth to get caught up and maybe done with the 2016 planting season. Some timely rains shortly after planting were welcomed as well. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins got an update from Derek Hunker, an Account Manager for Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot counties about current field work and the condition of the emerged crops.… Continue reading

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As planting wraps up, replant ramps up in Northwest Ohio

DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Chasitie Euler’s area of Henry, Fulton, Williams and Lucas Counties has seen a wide window of planting, with some corn fields just planted and some fields almost to the V4 stage. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Euler about what to scout for in the early and late planted fields, as well as some replant decisions being made for corn and soybeans and the impressive wheat crop in that part of Ohio in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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Ohio hit the hardest by Soybean Cyst Nematode in 2015

According to a soy checkoff-funded study, Soybean Cyst Nematode or SCN was the biggest yield robber of soybeans nationwide in 2015 with 109 million bushels lost. Ohio was the state that was hit the hardest by SCN in last year.

Soy checkoff farmer-leader Keith Kemp farms in Preble County visited with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the effects of SCN and how farmers can manage it.… Continue reading

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The bad news, planting progress; the good news, the wheat crop

This week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report was a good news, bad news situation. Andy Lang is a DuPont Pioneer Account Manager for Wood, Hancock and Hardin Counties and he said that planting progress is still lagging and many farmers are switching acres to soybeans. On the other hand, growers in his area are all smiles as they drive by their wheat fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.… Continue reading

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Delayed burndown and soybean planting

Soybean burndown has been a hot topic for DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Bradley Ott’s territory of Darke, Preble, Montgomery, Butler and Hamilton Counties. What needs to be done once the cool wet weather moves on to get a good burndown on and still be timely with planting? Ott shares his opinion on that and discusses corn emergence in his area with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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Competitive Conservation Reserve Program signs up over 800,000 acres

The USDA and Farm Service Agency release the official number of acres recently signed up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The 800,000 acres chosen were among thousands of more acres that were offered up by farmers across the country. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins caught up with FSA Administrator Val Dolcini about the competitive program, if more acres will be added in the next Farm Bill and if this program is competing with younger farmers looking for more land to work.… Continue reading

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Yield penalties for corn in the ground vs. corn in the bag

Depending on which half of Ohio you farm in, corn planting is either pretty far along (if not done) or hasn’t even started. The corn in the ground has unfortunately been sitting in some cold, wet conditions for a few days, but is the yield penalty greater for the corn facing those adversities in the ground or for the corn that hasn’t been dumped into the planter yet? The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins finds out in the week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report with Account Manager Troy Putnam.… Continue reading

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