Evans Powhaton Century Farm history laced with triumph and tragedy

The year was 1950 and there was excitement in the air on Powhaton Farm in Champaign County. The farm was one of the host farms for the National Plowing Match, sponsored by the National and Ohio Plowing Matches and the National Association of Soil Conservation Districts. It was the first “National” held outside of Iowa.

Nearly 75,000 people visited the farms for the three-day, standing-room-only event that garnered headlines in newspapers around the state and nation for weeks prior to and after the event was held. The show even featured a test plot with the astounding goal of 300-bushel corn in 1950. The National Plowing Match was so noteworthy for the farm and community in Champaign County just south of Urbana that a historic marker stands to commemorate the event.

That was a big day for Richard Evans in the same year he took over the family farm founded by his great-great-grandfather, Isaac Evans Jr.,… Continue reading

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“The Farmer” poem from AgriCountry

We live in a world that’s ever changing, agriculture included.

But some things tend to stay the same down the years. The American farmer is an example of one of those non-wavering ideals.

Watch as we take a look back at “The Farmer” poem written by Dave Boyers and read by Ed Johnson, originally aired on the television show AgriCountry in 1983.

In 33 years, little seems to have changed about this way of life.… Continue reading

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The CNH Industrial Autonomous Tractor Concept

We live in a changing world and farming is changing with it. Our growing population and a greater environmental awareness means farmers need to produce more food more sustainably from the same amount of land. It’s ultimately technology that will make the difference – and CNH Industrial is at the forefront of this change.… Continue reading

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North Central Ohio rains could double soybean yields

For DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Derek Hunker’s territory of Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot Counties, the summer was not friendly to corn and soybean fields. The corn, probably 2 to 3 weeks from harvest, has suffered pollination issues and tip back, but the soybean crop that was once struggling could have benefited from yield doubling rains in August. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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Becknology Days brings products, research to farmers

The annual Becknology Field Days ran through Saturday, August 27th at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta, Indiana. Thousands of farmers and members of the agricultural industry turn out to the event each year to learn about the latest innovations, hear from company leadership, and enjoy fellowship among fellow producers.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visited with many involved in the leadership of Beck’s Hybrids.

Listen to Beck’s President Scott Beck comment on Becknology and the state of the seed industry.


Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s


Agronomist Brent Minett on the Ohio crop vs that of the surrounding region.

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A time to be checking fields for drought, rain results

The recent rains across the state have brought a visual comfort to many farmers, seeing the good the rain has done through green pastures, lawns, and outstretched leaves. DuPont Pioneer account manager Kevin Forrest says though the rain was much needed, it may have come too late for many places. His territory covers Logan, Champaign, and Union Counties where he tells Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood that the results of the dry stretch are clear.… Continue reading

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AgroExpo 2016: Where Agriculture Meets Innovation

AgroExpo, hosted by AgroLiquid, will connect farmers, commodity groups, grower-led associations, and news makers in the agriculture industry. By highlighting vendors in various sectors of agriculture, with similar groups being assembled together, attendees will have the flexibility to visit areas of interest.

The focus will be on innovative, professional farmers, who are seeking the latest advances in agriculture. From research and development of seed, crop protection and nutrient management, to the latest equipment and management technology, AgroExpo is sure to leave you motivated and full of ideas about the future of your farming operation. This is an opportunity for growth and expansion – both for agribusiness and for growers.

The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with AgroLiquid’s Ashley Davis about what to expect at the event, August 16th-18th, in St. Johns, Michigan.

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Drought conditions in Ohio bring more issues than just dry soils

After a wet spring in Ohio, farmers were prepared for some drought conditions this summer. Few farmers thought those conditions would hang on as long as they have. Although dry soils are the #1 issue of a drought, many other problems come along with a lack of rain, as Account Manager David Miller tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins in this DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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2016 Ohio State Fair Outstanding Market Exhibitors

Photos by Meghan Bruns.


The winners by age in the Beef Outstanding Market Exhibitor competition were: (9) Carly Sanders, Fayette Co. and Garret Agle, Clark Co.; (10) Sydney Sanders, Fayette Co. and Drew Waymouth, Clark Co.; (11) Brice Phelps, Union Co.; (12) Paige Pence, Clark Co.; (13) Alex Linder, Huron Co.; (14) Allison Davis, Carroll Co.; (15) Elizabeth Heintz, Auglaize Co.; (16) Adam Kinsman, Fulton Co.; (17) Carter Roy Smith, Holmes Co.; and (18) Curtis Harsh, Delaware Co. The overall winner was Carter Roy Smith.


The winners by age in the Swine Outstanding Market Exhibitor competition were: (9) Seth Fearon, Darke Co.; (10) Jesse Stewart, Clinton Co.; (11) Luke Spracklen, Clark Co; (12) Madelyn Fearon, Darke Co.; (13) Lindsey Dore, Knox Co.; (14) Madelyn Harrison, Butler Co.; (15) Jenna Siegel, Marion Co.; (16) Micah Smock, Shelby Co.; (17) Kaci Way, Wayne Co.; and (18) Katie Siegel, Marion Co. The overall winner was Katie Siegel.… Continue reading

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Recent Ohio weather conducive for Frogeye in soybeans

The conditions of fog in the morning and pop up storms in the afternoon and evening that have been seen in Ohio over the past 2 weeks will have farmers scouting for Frogeye in their soybean fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins get more helpful info on diseases and pests in this year’s crops from Account Manager Matt Stroud in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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