Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 4

This week’s podcast is all about the recent trip make by farmers from Ohio, including Ohio’s Country Journal Editor Matt Reese, to lend a helping hand and deliver much needed supplies to farmers and ranchers who were hit hard by devastating wildfires that took homes, livestock and hay from a big chunk of America’s heartland.

Matt recaps his journey with conversations with the ranch manager they helped mend fences with, a local veterinarian that has been busy taking care of other ranches before he could worry about his own and also a visit with the crew of Ohioans that took Matt along for the ride.

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Ohio to Kansas photo highlights: Farmers helping farmers

March 2017

Ohioans got together through Facebook to lend a helping hand to the folks in need in Ashland, Kansas after devastating wildfires burned the area.

March 24

7 a.m: The BAV crew meets up at the Beck’s facility near London.

8:30 a.m: The crew congregated at a rest stop near the Indiana state line with media, more than 40 loads of hay, feed, fencing supplies, and other items to start the convoy west.

9 a.m. to after 7 p.m.: The convoy cruised due west on I-70 through some brutal crosswinds, a traffic jam or two and some rain showers.

7:19 p.m.: BAV crew arrived at the Kansas City Hotel (with the remainder of the Kansas City Group to follow) for a delicious dinner at Joe’s Kansas City BBQ. The rest of the group continued on to Pratt about an hour out from Ashland.

March 25

7:45 a.m.: The groups fueled up for the last push for Ashland.… Continue reading

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Ohio Beef Expo highlights

The Ohio Beef Expo celebrated its 30th year in grand style setting records and packing the Expo Center facilities full for the three-day event.

“It is great to come to an event like this because it creates enthusiasm,” said John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension beef specialist. “It is a little bit like a church revival.”

Grimes gave an overview of Ohio’s beef industry in a presentation at the event and sees reason for optimism moving forward.

“This decade has been pretty eventful. Grain prices were high early in the decade — I did not like buying $7 and $8 corn to feed cattle. Land values went up and there were challenges that way. That stabilized and then the drought out west reduced the numbers. In 2014 the cow herd was smaller than it had been in over 60 years,” Grimes said. “We responded to economic signals and the nation’s cow herd in the last year grew by a million cows.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 2

In this week’s Ohio Ag Net Podcast, Joel Penhorwood checks in from his first trip on the Ohio Farm Bureau County Presidents journey to Washington D.C. He and his round-table of guests, including Rob Leeds, Tyler Duncan, Rose Hartschuh and Michelle Abfall talk about the issues covered this week with Ohio representatives inside the beltway and some highlights from the trek.

Dale Minyo caught up with Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels, which was hard to do this week with the Director zig zagging around the state touting Ohio’s #1 industry during Ag Week.

And Ty Higgins calls up Latham Farley. Farley farms in Englewood, Ohio and he, along with a big group of farmers from all across Ohio will be taking supplies like hay, fencing and milk replacer to farmers and ranchers in need after wildfires ravaged parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Find out about efforts being made this weekend at Ohio Beef Expo.… Continue reading

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Charred southwest farms getting a helping hand from Ohio

After seeing picture after picture of the devastation that wildfires caused to farmers and ranchers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, Lykins, Ohio’s Rose Hartschuh and her husband, Greg, both knew they had to do something to help. As Hartschuh tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, they are spearheading a major effort to make a trip to that part of the country, loaded with supplies and manpower to help rebuild.

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There has also been a fund set up to help move the donated hay to the affected areas. Checks can be made to Ohio’s Kansas Rancher Wildfire Relief Efforts and mailed to 6348 Parks Rd, Sycamore, Ohio 44882.… Continue reading

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Thoughts from CTTC: When to terminate cover crops?

Experts of all sorts were found at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference this past week at the McIntosh Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada.

Not only is it a great event each year to learn about the latest in farming and conservation, but also a good place to ask questions about practices already in action.

One of those common questions we’ve found recently is the search for the best time to terminate cover crops come planting season. With some saying they prefer to plant into a burned down field, while others taking a more green approach and planting into still growing cover.

Speakers Dave Brandt, Bill Lehmkuhl, and Bret Margraf each take on the question in this video with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 1

The first episode of the Ohio Ag Net podcast is officially here! This weekly podcast hopes to bring you a longer, more conversational piece of audio, talking what’s going on in the world that’s important to farmers.

Tune in as our crew of Joel Penhorwood, Matt Reese, Ty Higgins, Dale Minyo and Bart Johnson discuss the latest in agriculture — including Commodity Classic, Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference, President Trump, planting dates, jokes and much more.

In addition to our roundtable discussion amongst our crew, we also hear from those of Ohio Corn & Wheat, as well as Harold Watters of The Ohio State University.

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Building trust and improving partnerships with farming millennials

As a new generation of growers prepares to take over their family farms, agribusinesses like Syngenta are getting ready for the transition. These young growers are part of America’s largest demographic — millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2004.

“Millennials are one of the most talked about but least understood generations,” said Gil Strader, head of field force excellence and training at Syngenta. “We’re finding fascinating insights that can help bridge this generation knowledge gap.”

Strader is sharing these insights with his sales and marketing colleagues to help them better understand millennials. “We’ve implemented a major initiative to train our employees who interact the most with resellers and growers to build trust, improve service and strengthen partnerships.”

The training includes learning about millennials as customers, listening to what they want from a company, and connecting older and younger generations to foster mentoring. As a result, Syngenta is helping to shatter myths about what makes younger growers tick.… Continue reading

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Planning ahead for varying disease pressure

Each growing season delivers its own unexpected set of challenges for growers. After a season with heavy late-season disease pressure, Syngenta agronomists are reminding corn and soybean growers to prepare for unpredictable agronomic challenges as they select hybrids and varieties for 2017. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with Eric Anderson, a Syngenta product development agronomist in Ohio.… Continue reading

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Planter U gets farmers ready for 2017

The emphasis of Planter U was simple. The planter is the most important piece of equipment on the farm and if that implement isn’t set up correctly, it may also be the most costly piece of equipment on the farm. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more from the event, held on February 28th at the Beck’s Hybrids London facility.… Continue reading

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Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training to end soon

We are still getting a lot of questions about Fertilizer Certification from farmers.

  • Yes, this new regulation applies to you. You, being almost every farmer in Ohio. You have until Sept. 30, 2017 to become certified to apply fertilizer. And you all tell me you won’t go to meetings after about March 15—so this means get this done now.
  • While there are exceptions, most of these exceptions would only apply to a very small farmer such as one who has 50 acres or less.
  • This site gives more details on the legal issues:
  • And “fertilizer” means anything with an N-P-K analysis — meaning yes this includes nitrogen if your retailer applies everything else and you only apply sidedress N.
  • And if you take manure from a concentrated animal feeding facility — a great opportunity by the way — then yes you too need to be certified to apply that manure.
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Ohio’s National FFA Officers

With 33, Ohio has the most National FFA Officers of any state. For National FFA Week, we thought we would highlight Ohio’s talented former National Officers.

Here are Ohio’s National FFA officers:

Lawrence Augustine, from Ashley, served as the National FFA Second Vice President in 1928-1929.

Ralph Bender, from Waldo, served as National Eastern Region Vice President in 1930-1931. From 1948-78, he was Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Education at OSU. He taught agricultural education at several universities in the United States and worked with other countries to help them develop agricultural education programs.

Bobby Jones, from Radnor, served as National FFA President
 in 1933-1934 and then worked at World’s Natural Science in Rochester, NY.

Stanley Tschantz, from the Wayne County JVS, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1935-1936.

William Stiers, from the Twin Valley South Chapter, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1937-1938.

Carl Fought, from the Fremont Chapter, served as Eastern Region Vice President in 1941-1942.… Continue reading

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State of pork industry, production lessons at Pork Congress

The 2017 Ohio Pork Congress brought producers from all aspects of the swine industry to Columbus February 14.

Ohio Pork Council’s Ryan McClure and Rich Deaton each noted the supply demand atmosphere of the pork council in the past, and what it has for the future including increased packing plants down the road.

OSU Extension’s Glenn Arnold was one of many professionals in attendance. Arnold offered advice on what this winter has meant for manure handling and what to keep in mind in the meantime.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more from the well-attended meeting.… Continue reading

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