Videos

Adjustments for the first day of planting

Planting season is here and its time to think about those final planter adjustments while the planter has its final moments in the shop. Luke Schulte of Beck’s Hybrids goes into detail about the simple steps to take before hitting the fields, and looks into what the research says about the price to pay if you don’t.

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Hardin County’s Austin Heil brings personal touch to farm machinery

Ohio Field Leader Dusty Sonnenberg travels to Hardin County in the latest Ohio Field Leader Roadshow to the farm of Austin Heil. The conversation goes into Austin’s unique custom machinery solutions that take advantage of the latest technologies with plenty of on-farm knowhow to plant corn and soybeans. Ohio Field Leader is brought to you by Ohio soybean farmers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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Planter box additives worth consideration

Beck’s Field Agronomist Mike Hannewald talks what the numbers tell us about planter box additives as farmers prepare for planting. Tune into this video agronomy update as he recaps their reviews of various “talc replacements” looking to provide the benefits of graphite and talc while also helping to give seeds a head start, either as biologicals or bio-stimulants.

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Simple, PFR Proven, Economical Means of Elevating Soybean Yields

Luke Schulte of Beck’s Hybrids joins us for the latest agronomy update to discuss what Practical Farm Research shows for elevating soybean yields. Do we know every moment our plants are under stress? The Beck’s team has taken it upon themselves to investigate this question and offers simple and economical ways to help plants while seeing a return on investment. eXceed Nano Brown Sugar and Apple Cider Vinegar are among those showing big results.

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Young Ag Professionals share stories ‘Beyond the Fencerows’ at Winter Leadership Experience

The Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals hosted the 2024 Winter Leadership Experience in late January in Columbus. This event is designed for individuals in agriculture aged 18-35, providing opportunities for learning, networking, and connecting with like-minded peers. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood interviewed Kayla and Luke Durbin, along with Joe Everett, all members of the YAP State Committee. Luke and Kayla, the incoming chairs, share their insights on the YAP event and discuss their unique farming situation involving two separate family farms. The trio also gives a sneak peek into the location for next year’s highly anticipated event.… Continue reading

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COBA/Select Sires merges with others to become Select Sires Member Cooperative

COBA has merged with other cooperatives to become the Select Sires Member Cooperative, headquartered out of central Ohio. Chris Sigurdson, CEO of the dairy and beef genetics company, speaks with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood about the change, the reasons behind it, and the future of the farmer-owned organization in a changing time for the cattle business.

The merger brings together the formerly separate cooperatives of All West/Select Sires, COBA/Select Sires, Select Sires MidAmerica, and Minnesota/Select Sires – representing the Select Sires federation in 27 U.S. states and the country of Mexico. The change officially took place October 1, 2023. The new organization is headquartered in central Ohio, with multiple regional distribution offices around the country.… Continue reading

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Lorain County Jr. Fair perseveres in Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer

Farm Credit Mid-America’s ‘Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer’ contest saw great competition for the good cause of raising food for local communities in 2023. The results are in and for the second year in a row, the Lorain County Jr. Fairboard has again seized the winning place across Ohio with a total of nearly 24,000 pounds of food donated. In this video, Ohio Ag Net hears from Evan Han of Farm Credit Mid-America alongside Lorain County Fair’s Holden Harker and Nolan Norman about how they persevered through a year of flood conditions to continue giving back to their community.… Continue reading

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McCarthys honored with top award from Ohio’s sheep industry

By Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood 

One role of today’s leaders in Ohio’s sheep industry is setting up a bright future for the next generation of leaders. Farabee and Joy McCarthy of Wyandot County, the winners of the 2023 Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, have spent many years doing just that. 

Farabee and Joy McCarthy, Wyandot County, center, were recognized with the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award, the highest award presented for the Ohio Sheep Industry.

They were presented the surprise award at the 2023 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium in December held in Wooster. Farabee currently serves as the chair of the Animal Science and Pre- Veterinary studies at the University of Findlay.

“I’ve been here about 22 years. When I came, we were a relatively small department. We’ve grown since and now we have about 700 undergraduate students. In addition to cattle, we also have sheep, we have goats and farrow out a few sows every semester because of class needs.… Continue reading

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