August weather is vital to the outcome of Ohio corn and soybean crops. After a nearly ideal growing season in most of the state, cooler temperatures and sufficient rains in August may top off a bumper crop in 2018. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins gets more details from Matt Hutcheson from Seed Consultants.… Continue readingRead More »
At the recent 4R Field Day in Hardin County, Ohio State soil fertility specialist Steve Culman presented on the updated fertilizer recommendations through 300+ on-farm strip trials since 2014.
He said some main take-home points he hoped to get across to agriculturalists were:
- From 2014 – 2017, 300+ on-farm strip trials were conducted across Ohio evaluating corn, soybean and wheat response to N, P and K fertilizer.
- Yield responses to P and K fertilizer in soils at or above the current maintenance range were very rare.
- Long-term data from 3 sites show that when Ohio soils are in the current maintenance range, they can supply sufficient P and K to meet corn and soybean demand for many growing seasons without fertilization.
- Recommended corn N rates were updated this spring and are based on maximizing farmer profitability, not maximizing yields.
- Corn, soybean and wheat are yielding more grain with less nutrient: Grain nutrient removal per bushel of grain is lower than it was 20 years ago.
Before the final drive and the fair ending sale, many early mornings and countless hours are spent getting livestock exhibits looking their best. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins recently visited the Clark County farm of Paige Pence. Paige, along with her mom, Christine and her dad, Brent, is a prime example of a family that spends more time together in the summer than any other time of year as they prepare for show season.… Continue readingRead More »
The Montgomery County Fair has a completely new fairgrounds, which exhibitors and fairgoers are enjoying for its 2018 run.
The grounds are a work in progress, and currently feature a 28,000 square foot main event center and 16,000 square foot exhibit hall.
Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this video.… Continue readingRead More »
Jonathan Kramer has to be creative when it comes to weed control. The process on his Madison County organic farm is time consuming and pricey. That’s why he is trying something a little different and demoing a tool that kills weeds with electricity. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this Cab Cam.… Continue readingRead More »
The Ohio Ag Net crew traveled to far northwest Ohio for the fourth and final installment of the Feeding Farmers 2018, spring edition. Dale visited with Roger Zeedyk as well as his sons Roger and Mike. They own their farms separately but work together frequently to farm the operation that focuses on corn, soybean, wheat, and more.
A notable crowd of about 40 turned out to the celebration where the group talked about their wet growing season and crops that are behind what’s been seen just south of the area.
Dale Minyo catches up with the family in this video.Read More »
The third week of Feeding Farmers, sponsored by AgriGold, took Dale and the Ohio Ag Net crew to Wyandot County to Sheaffer Farms (RCJ Sheaffer Partnership). The crops are looking pretty good in their area, but as Joe Sheaffer tells Dale Minyo in this video interview, there are plenty of holes due to excessive rain. Some corn is already tasseling and soybeans are far ahead of schedule.Read More »
The American Dairy Goat Association‘s 2018 National Show has been running this week at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, continuing through Saturday. Ohio Ag Net’s Lea Kimley caught up with the ADGA president Robin Saum from Fairfield County and Kirt Schnipke, of Ober-Boerd Dairy Goats, (who had the Reserve Grand Champion Oberhasli at the competition) to talk about the unique aspects of the dairy goat world. This among the largest national dairy goat shows ever with over 3,200 animals pre-registered and nine breeds represented.Read More »
This cab cam, sponsored by Fennig Equipment, jumps in the combine with Nate Douridas, farm manager of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center — the grounds for the Farm Science Review. With the window between dry and wet weather hard to find, the farm is taking whatever opportunity it can to get work done in the field with their crops of all kinds progressing along at breakneck pace. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this video.Read More »
Wheat harvest is well underway in Ross County, Ohio, giving double crop soybeans a great head start to the growing season. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Greg Ramsey just outside of Clarksburg to visit about the crops Ramsey has in production, including barley, in this Cab Cam presented by Fennig Equipment.… Continue readingRead More »
A drive down US Route 23 to Upper Sandusky will reveal an imposing and impressive sight in the form of Kalmbach Feeds’ newest feed plant, the Ruth Elizabeth Kalmbach (REK) Facility.
The new feed mill is just south of their existing operations and is made up of a concrete tower standing over 180 feet tall, surrounded by pre-engineered metal buildings for storage and operations.
The facility is notable for more than just its size, boasting a hi-tech operating system with the ability to work with just three main crew operating its command center. Bulk feed processing means a non-stop workload for the plant, which will continue to increase its output volume as time progresses.
Kalmbach introduced the facility to several clients, sponsors, and community members on Thursday.
Watch the full video explaining the technical side of things with Chris Armstrong, plant engineer for Kalmbach Feeds, in the video above.… Continue readingRead More »