Gerfen a Star Farmer finalist

Nole Gerfen of the Ridgemont FFA Chapter is one of four vying for the title of Star Farmer at the National FFA Convention and Expo. The results of his competition will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7pm. Coverage of the National FFA Convention is powered by Wilmington College.

Like many young American farmers, Gerfen owes a lot to his family, and taking care of them is a top priority — even if it means making sacrifices on their behalf.

“I enrolled at Ohio State when I graduated high school, and my dad … broke his hip, and I dropped out to help my parents,” Gerfen said. “And six months later, Dad broke his other hip. And then Mom broke her leg.”

For the past few years, Gerfen has been raising pigs, cattle and sheep for his supervised agricultural experience (SAE) with Ridgemont FFA in Ohio. His parents are steadily recovering, but back when they were both unable to work, Gerfen said he was taking care of around 1,250 pigs by himself.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers Week 4 Staley Farms Van Wert County Ohio

We wrap up the T102 Fall Feeding Farmers with a stop in Van Wert county at the farm of Jacob Staley. Jacob farms with his father Craig and while grandpa Kenneth Doner has retired he is always around to keep an eye on them. Jacob has finished soybeans and is waiting for dryer weather to get rolling on corn. They also raise turkeys for Cooper Farms. Check out the video with Dale and Jacob as they talk about the farm.… Continue reading

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OSU eFields Soybean Population Trial Harvest

Aaron Overholser a farmer in Darke County has been working with OSU Extension Educator Sam Custer for several years on a soybean planting population trial. This Fall cab cam is sponsored by Precision Agri Services Inc. Aaron has been finding lower populations are yielding right with higher populations. This year Aaron pushed the boundary of lower populations and was shooting for 40,000 plants per acre for the lowest treatment. Aaron’s planter was only able to get to 60,000 plants. The trial consisted of treatments of 160,000, 120,000, 80,000 and 60,000. The results of this trial my surprise you. Join Bart Johnson as he visits with Aaron and Sam about the results. You can also find out more about this on farm trial and many others when the 2020 OSU eFields report is published in early January 2021.… Continue reading

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Scout for Ear Molds

2020 keeps throwing challenges our way. Justin Petrosino Agronomist with Stewart Seeds is seeing ear molds across his entire territory, mainly gibberella ear rot and fusarium. Ear molds can be caused by late August and early September rains when the crop is stressed. Justin discusses what to do if you are finding ear molds in your field.… Continue reading

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Dale visits the LG Seeds plot at the Farm Science Review

While this was the week most farmers would have paid a visit to the Farm Science Review, Dale had a chance to catch up with Corey Prosser Ohio Agronomist for LG seeds at their FSR plot. The plot experienced some stress this year like many parts of Ohio. Take a tour of the plot with Dale and Corey as they discuss the value of traits and understanding hybrids that work best on your farm.… Continue reading

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91 Year old Bob Stump is still farming and running the combine this fall.

When I heard soybeans were being harvested in Darke County I made a few phone calls and got ahold of Bobby Stump. He said he wasn’t running yet but that is dad was. It was through that conversation I learned Bob Stump is 91 years old and is still actively farming. My guess is it would be hard to find an older active farmer across the country. Bob talks about his dad planting corn with horses and the progress of where we are today. He also has an interesting observation of the most important innovation in agriculture in his 70 plus years of farming.… Continue reading

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Evaluating Corn with an Eye Towards Next Year

Matt Hutcheson, Product Manager with Seed Consultants talks about scouting your corn fields now to find areas of improvement you can control for next year. All yield begins with good emergence and an even stand. Scout your fields for planter issues now, such as shallow planting depth or skips caused by planter issues. There are so many aspects of farming you cannot control. Get a handle on the things you can control and start out next year with all the potential yield you can… Continue reading

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Virtual Ohio No-till event now online

As with most other events, Ohio No-Till Council summer events had to cancel (or postpone until 2021). The group’s field events planned for Aug. 19-20 are instead going to be a VIRTUAL event online.

Topics include soil health, cover crops and the main emphasis is planning for cover crops after soybean and corn harvest. Issues for beginning farmers and 60-inch corn rows with soybeans in between are also covered as well by a variety of experts on the subjects.

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