Northwest Ohio crops get a “Billion Dollar Rain”

For Wood County farmer Dave Baer, a limited window of opportunity in late May made the 2016 planting season fast and furious, and like many of his neighbors and farmers all over Ohio those crops haven’t seen more than 1 rain event…until the morning of June 23rd. Seed Consultants‘ Bill Mullen talks about what the hot dry weather has done to the crops in that part of the state and what the latest rains mean for them.… Continue reading

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Farm Credit Mid-America talks up young farmers in D.C.

Recently, Farm Credit Mid-America officials were in Washington D.C., speaking with Congressmen and encouraging support of the Farm Credit System to serve the needs of young and beginning farmers. The message delivered was that the future of agriculture hinges on a healthy, well-informed incoming generation of farmers. Along with officials, young Farm Credit customers also traveled to D.C. to speak of their success and ambitions for the future.

Farm Credit Mid-America has seen substantial growth in the amount of loans it’s made to young farmers, year over year, which is an encouraging sign and indicator. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Dick Poe, senior vice president of financial services, to discuss our changing industry, the growth in lending to young farmers, and what this means for agriculture.… Continue reading

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A western Ohio farmer’s notable antique tractor collection

Just east of the Ohio-Indiana state border sits Green Oak Farms where a barn of Gale Long’s is filled with an impressive collection of antique tractors. The Ohio Ag Net crew came across the collection during this year’s Feeding Farmers tour. Long said he has been bringing together the tractors for several years, getting a few here and a few there, eventually amassing what amounts to quite the sight. No particular color has sway on the barn as Farmall, John Deere, Allis-Chalmers and much more decorate the shop.

Watch as Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visits with Long about the old iron.

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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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Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Watson Farms, Sandusky County

Week number three of Feeding Farmers, courtesy of AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew to Watson Farms in northern Ohio on the Sandusky-Seneca County line.

The family operation is headed up by Dusten Watson. He took over in recent years after his dad Lee handed down the keys to the next generation, something he plans to do himself down the road. The farm also recently brought on the full-time employee Joe Ringholz.

They’ve experienced a unique planting season. Some much needed rain this past Thursday was “a godsend.” Dusten did say that they should’ve stayed home with regard to planting on May 9th as everything put in the field that day had to be replanted.

Ty Higgins talks more about the farm in the video below.… 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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Feeding Farmers Week 2 – Green Oak Farms, Preble County

The second week of Feeding Farmers 2016, sponsored by AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew near the Indiana-Ohio state line to Green Oak Farms in Preble County. A notable turnout joined the team for lunch on the grain and livestock farm.

Gary Long runs the grain side of the large operation. He talked with Dale Minyo about their planting season this year and the operation overall.

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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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2016 Planting Cab Cam – Ron Grayson Burns, Union County

Ron Grayson Burns and his family have diversified their farm and are now raising conventional and organic corn, soybeans and wheat in Union County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found out more as he visited with Burns, who works at Farm Credit and his brother Austin, who works for JD Equipment, when they’re not in the field. Their dad, Ron and family friend, Steve Wiant were also at the farm running three planters to make up time in this delayed planting season.… Continue reading

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2016 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – David Neidhart, Marion County

Many farmers around Ohio are feeling the pressure to get corn and soybean seeds planted as the number of days in May wind down. Although conditions weren’t ideal for soybean planting for David Neidhart in Marion County, the weather was finally hot and dry and the field was good enough for D&PN Farms to make some late progress in the 2016 planting season. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Neidhart for a Cab Cam on May 24th.… 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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