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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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Biodiesel consumption reaches record levels

US consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, according to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). Kicking off the 2016 Biodiesel Conference and Expo in Tampa, Florida, Monday, industry leaders released the production data compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo is in Tampa this week and visited with NBB’s Don Scott.

Dale and Don also visited about the fuel vs. food debate and Scott’s unique view of the discussion.

NBB Don Scott Food And Fuel

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Using NCGA Corn Yield Contest methods across the farm

James Jacobs, a farmer from Bloomingburg, Ohio, came in 1st Place in the AA No-Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated category for Ohio in the 2015 National Corn Growers Association Corn Yield Contest. He visits with Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about his strategies that scored him 276.98 bushels to the acre and what methods he used on the winning field that he may work into his whole farm strategy in 2016.… Continue reading

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Recapping test weight and moisture results for 2015

The 2015 growing season was anything but textbook for farmers in Ohio, and a season like that keeps DuPont Pioneer Account Managers, like Mike Gahn, on their toes. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Gahn tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that although conditions were far from ideal for growing corn this year, there were some surprising results from a moisture and test weight standpoint.… Continue reading

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A winter wheat emergence update

As farmers around Ohio hose off the harvest equipment, it is now time to head out to the field again for check on the emergence of their winter wheat. According to Tate Cockerill, a DuPont Pioneer Account Manager in Southwest and South Central Ohio, after a good plating window, mild temperatures and some rain in his area, wheat is off to a great start. He visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about what an ideal winter looks like for a successful wheat crop too in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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Farmers using new tools to plan for 2016 crop purchases

With the 2015 harvest season winding down ahead of schedule, farmers will have more time to pencil out how to manage production costs while trying for better outcomes in 2016. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Encirca CSA Lewis Stearns visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how farmers are going about making 2016 crop decisions with new digital tools.… Continue reading

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What fall field work to do and not do

With one of the driest falls in recent memory and a rapid wrap up to harvest, many farmers are finding some extra time to take care of some fall field work ahead of schedule. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Field Agronomist Jonah Johnson says there are some good options of fall field work and some that may be more harm than good.… Continue reading

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