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Rainy weather plagues July

The first half of July has left many farmers with very soggy, flooded fields and struggling crops all around the state of Ohio. It seems there was ample moisture pretty much everywhere in Ohio in the last couple of weeks in what has been a very wet start to the month.

“What’s going on right now is obviously we’ve seen an incredible amount of rainfall across a lot of Ohio and that’s thanks to a very slow moving frontal boundary moving through a lot of the Ohio valley right now,” said Ed Vallee, meteorologist with BAMWX.com. “For a normal seven-day period here across the state of Ohio, typically we only see about an inch to maybe an inch and a quarter in any given week during the middle of July. During this very wet stretch a lot of places have seen that just last night. As we move through the seven-day period, a lot of areas have seen two to six inches of rain.… Continue reading

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Scouting tips to make fugicide decisions

With tight margins, some farmers may choose to forgo a fungicide application on this year’s crop. But that decision shouldn’t be made with scouting your fields first. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Troy Putnam talks about what to look for this time of year to see if corn and soybean fields need some addition disease management. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.… Continue reading

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Fungicides may play a key role for success in 2017

At a recent Grow More Experience Field Day just outside of Marysville, Syngenta hosted growers and retailers to take a look at some test plots that focus on weed pressures, insect infestations and disease issues. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Syngenta’s Retail Sales Representative for Southern Ohio, Jeff Heimerl, about how important fungicides will be after a rainy and humid start to summer.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 17 | Dicamba drama and budget blues

The 17th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold, brings a wide range of issues to the microphone. Ty Higgins talks the ongoing saga of Dicamba distress across the country and the devastating results many farmers are beginning to see. He’s joined by the straight-shooting Ford Baldwin as well as Monsanto’s Ty Witten for two sides of the drama. Matt Reese hears from a variety of folks at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center where a world record hopes to be broken in terms of data on a corn plant. Joel Penhorwood is joined by Ohio State CFAES’ Adam Ward, director of government affairs, talking a drop in funding for OSU Extension by the recently signed state budget. The crew is also joined by friends from Panama and talks agriculture down south in this diverse podcast.

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Preparing for the “Billion-Dollar Bug”

There has already been early indication that CRW could be one of the top pest issues this year. For years, CRW has been nicknamed the “Billion-Dollar Bug” and for good reason. Untreated, CRW can wreak havoc when least expected, and it has a track record of bouncing back.

The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Kenneth Barnham, insecticide product lead at Syngenta, about corn rootworm management strategies.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 16 | Going viral

Episode 16 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brings a trip around Ohio as Ty Higgins talks some new-found fame after a fun video of his went viral. He also recaps his trip to Canton to recognize the work of Ohio farmers that helped those in need from the Kansas and Oklahoma wildfires. Matt Reese and Ty continue the conversation about the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions, preparing for its 50th year during their talk with Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler. Joel Penhorwood talks old metal signs and the lessons that come with it on the most recent Feeding Farmers trip, where Dale Minyo hears from Jesse Michaud on their operation. All that and more in this podcast, courtesy of AgriGold.

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Fifty years of setting the standard: The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

Fifty years ago, it started with a dream to support the Ohio State Fair’s youth livestock exhibitors. Today, 422 champions have been honored and more than $6.4 million in sales have been generated by the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.

“We’re just trying to get them money to go to college and help them buy some farms,” said Gov. Jim Rhodes to Ed Johnson in a 1982 interview.

Rhodes was the mastermind behind the event that would help build the legacy of Ohio livestock exhibition on a national and international stage — the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. Rhodes recognized the hard work, long hours and vast leadership potential of the top livestock exhibitors at the Ohio State Fair and he wanted everyone else to do the same. He also wanted to establish a way to help those young exhibitors benefit from their incredible achievements financially. With these goals in mind, Rhodes teamed up with the Ohio Expositions Commission and well-known auctioneer Merlin Woodruff, who had been selling livestock at the Ohio State Fair since 1952.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 15 | The honest truth on farming, the Sale of Champions, and Lake Erie

Courtesy of AgriGold, Episode 15 brings a fun-filled podcast of candid answers and lively folks. Courtesy of AgriGold, the crew explores the latest issues in Ohio agriculture. Joel Penhorwood, Dale Minyo, and Bart Johnson visit with the Niese Family, winners of Feeding Farmers. Jerry Niese has a unique view on farming and what it takes to make it — no opinions are held back in this one. Ty Higgins talks Lake Erie water with Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams, and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney. The team also looks ahead to the 50th Sale of Champions later this year as Matt Reese and Joel have a lively conversation with the legendary auctioneer Johnny Regula.

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Side Dressing Corn with Manure

Ohio State University Extension Nutrient Management Field Specialist Glen Arnold and Ohio State University Extension Educator Sam Custer have been running tests on side dressing corn with manure since 2013. This spring, they purchased a new piece of equipment to make this unorthodox task a bit more efficient. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this video from Harrod Farms in Darke County.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers Week #3 – Niese Farms

The crew of the Ohio Ag Net traveled to north central Ohio to have lunch with the Niese Family for the third installment of the 2017 Feeding Farmers campaign, courtesy of AgriGold. The unique history of the operation goes back to Jerry Niese and his ability to pull through the rough farming times of the 1980s. The determination, spirit, and family ties are on full display in this video interview with Jerry, as well as grandson Alex Fike. Family looks to continue running the operation for years to come with Jerry’s son, Rick, and his son, Casey, involved heavily with day-to-day work.

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Soybean struggles in northern Ohio

Soybean planting around Ohio is nearly complete, but some of those fields planted more recently are having a hard time emerging due to crusting. As DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Ben Murphy shares in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, his area of Ottawa, Sandusky, Huron and Erie Counties is seeing challenges with emergence in recent planted fields and population in earlier planted fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 14 | World record corn plant and the dam infrastructure problem

The Ohio Ag Net crew comes together for Podcast Episode 14, courtesy of AgriGold. The heat and the crop growth that has come with it is on a lot of farmer’s minds. Hay progression made big movement as well as wheat which will see harvest starting soon. The group shares those topics and much more. Matt Reese talks a world record attempt in an Ohio corn field with Ohio State’s Trey Colley and Nate Douritas. Ty Higgins talks infrastructure changes with Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition after a recent announcement from President Donald Trump.

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