An explanation of PLC and ARC Farm Bill options

Morrow County, Ohio farmer Anthony Bush has been on the ground level of the development of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new farm policy offers some new options for producers and many questions are being asked as those options are weighed. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins sat down with Bush to go over the PLC, ARC and SCO programs. In this video, you will find out what exactly those programs entail. Bush will also talk about what scenarios will work best with each option and what farmers need to start doing now to get prepared to make these long-term decisions before the March 15th deadline.… Continue reading

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For Ohio’s corn crop, test weight and moisture results were lagging

Without a doubt, many farmers were smiling from ear to ear when looking at the yield monitors as they took in Ohio’s corn crop. The numbers for test weights and moisture were not as impressive though. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Tate Cockerill talks about why those numbers may have been below average in 2014 for this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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A preview of the December USDA Supply and Demand Report

Wednesday at NOON, USDA will be releasing a new Supply and Demand Report. Mike Zuzolo with Global Commodity Analytics gives a preview of what to expect and how the markets are setting up for the news.

You can hear more of Zuzolo’s comments in person later this month as he takes part in a number of Farm Credit meetings around Ohio. Click here for a full list of those free meetings.… Continue reading

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The delayed 2014 harvest is pushing back 2015 decisions

With just over 10% of the corn crop in Ohio still in the field, many farmers have been into harvest now for over 2 months. The delay in bringing this year’s crop has also put a delay in producers making their 2015 crop decisions. Ty Higgins from The Ohio Ag Net talked about this predicament with Account Manager Trent Brisby in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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Double-crop beans flourish thanks to August rains

When farmers in Ohio opened up soybean fields for the first time this harvest season, many were pleasantly surprised with the numbers coming up on the yield monitors. The same can be said, according to DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Jim Stucke, about double-crop beans in his area of Mercer, Auglaize and Allen counties. He gives Ty Higgins some results of the 2014 harvest season in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.

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A look at the new Kalmbach Feeds packaging facility

On Thursday, Kalmbach Feeds held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly constructed packaged feed facility. The new facility features the first installed fully-automated palletizing line, which is a hybrid between robot and a conventional palletizer, in the North American feed industry.

The 20,000-square foot production facility is a one-of-a-kind concrete, slip-formed manufacturing plant with ingredient and process towers.

The state-of-the-art climate-controlled warehouse has been expanded by 25,000-square feet to a total of 90,000-square feet and stores more than 7,000 pallets of product. Team members use a fully-implemented warehouse management system to clearly identify pallets and products and maintain first-in, first-out processing. Kalmbach Feeds is also the only feed distributor that utilizes a bar-code reader to track where and when products are received, stored and shipped by lot number and license plate ID.


Kalmbach Paul Kalbach

Paul Kalmbach visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the growth his company has seen since 1963 and the need for this new facility thanks to great relationships with customers.… Continue reading

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Corn Harvest Cab Cam – Bob Forry

The long stretch of great harvest conditions were about to come to an end when Ty Higgins of The Ohio Ag Net met up with Marion County farmer Bob Forry in Kirkpatrick, Ohio. Forry was nice enough to stop for a bit to do a Cab Cam. Bob’s twin boys had to head back to Ohio State, so his wife was handling cart duties for the first time in over 25 years. Find out more about how Forry’s harvest is coming along and see his impressive Massey Ferguson toy collection!

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Corn Havest Cab Cam – Jeff Roehm

There are still quite a few corn and soybean acres to be run in south central Ohio. As The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins made his way down Route 62 he ran in to Leesburg farmer Jeff Roehm. After almost 3 full weeks without a wheel turning, Roehm is now through with his beans and started hitting the corn hard on October 27th, 2014.… Continue reading

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Keep miscues at a minimum through the delayed harvest

With every rain event that sweeps through the Midwest, farmers are becoming more frustrated and anxious as harvest gets further and further delayed.  Bradley Ott, an Account Manager with DuPont Pioneer has some helpful tips when it comes to safety on the farm and best practices in the field during a later than expected harvest season, in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers Week #4 – Smith Farms

For the 4th and final week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, Dale Minyo and Ty Higgins from the Ohio Ag Net headed to Wapakoneta where winner Mike Smith and his family farm 900 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat and have 250 head of Jerseys, 130 of them milkers. Harvest has been slow going for Mike, but the silage he got was some of the best he has ever had.… Continue reading

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