Evaluating crop issues at harvest time

Dry weather, stalk quality and pest pressures are just part of a long list of issues that this year’s corn crop has faced throughout Ohio. Bill Mullen, Director of Agronomic Services for Seed Consultants, talks about the importance of evaluating fields before harvesting them.… Continue reading

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“The Farmer” poem from AgriCountry

We live in a world that’s ever changing, agriculture included.

But some things tend to stay the same down the years. The American farmer is an example of one of those non-wavering ideals.

Watch as we take a look back at “The Farmer” poem written by Dave Boyers and read by Ed Johnson, originally aired on the television show AgriCountry in 1983.

In 33 years, little seems to have changed about this way of life.… Continue reading

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The CNH Industrial Autonomous Tractor Concept

We live in a changing world and farming is changing with it. Our growing population and a greater environmental awareness means farmers need to produce more food more sustainably from the same amount of land. It’s ultimately technology that will make the difference – and CNH Industrial is at the forefront of this change.… Continue reading

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Beck’s – The Story Behind – LibertyLink Soybeans

For years, we’ve relied on the use of glyphosate to control weeds. While it’s an effective herbicide, the continued use has resulted in serious weed resistance throughout the Midwest. By not controlling these weeds, studies have shown that yields can be reduced by more than 30 percent. But there is a solution. Farmers across the Midwest have seen high yields and better control with Beck’s LibertyLink® soybeans.

As a contact herbicide, Liberty® kills weeds in days versus weeks compared to glyphosate, and there is no documented weed resistance to the unique mode of action it provides. With good spray coverage, farmers will control the toughest glyphosate resistant weeds like marestail, waterhemp, giant ragweed, and Palmer amaranth.… Continue reading

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Loudenslager toy tractor collection hopes to continue legacy through sale

“A pretty incredible 40-year exercise on his part,” said Doug Loudenslager of his father’s unique collection. “There’s over 6,000 pieces.”

Don Loudenslager, who passed away at the age of 80 in 2014, spent the last several decades visiting sales and auctions amassing thousands of toy tractors, trucks, and other items. About 95% of the collection will be up for sale in the coming days, with hopes by the family that the toys will be put to use in a positive way for many years to come.

“There are lots and lots of nice pieces that we’re trying to price in a way that encourages folks to put them in their own collections. For it to stay here, it’s just going to deteriorate or something bad is going to happen,” said Loudenslager. He encourages visitors to come during the three-day sale, even if it’s just to experience the immensity of the collection.… Continue reading

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A robot’s touch the answer for Bar-Lee Jerseys

The dairy industry’s constant search for the most cost effective and efficient production options has resulted in some unique technological changes in recent years. Milking a cow with robots, something thought of as near science fiction not long ago, is now being accepted as the way of life on a number of Ohio dairies.

Bar-Lee Jerseys, a family dairy farm in Willard, has in the past months put the technology to work. Jason Nuhfer is the fifth generation to milk and breed registered Jersey cattle.

“I graduated from Ohio State in 2008. At that time we started doing some facility improvements,” Nuhfer said.

A new free stall barn was added his graduation year. The calf barn was brought on in 2011 and the robotic milking system started the first of December this past year. Two Lely Astronaut A4 Robots were installed, each able to handle about 60 cows each.

“As we’ve done these facility improvements, kind of our number one goal was cow comfort — to keep that in mind,” he said.… Continue reading

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Keeping up with the latest agronomics through Syngenta’s ‘Grow More Experience’

The Syngenta Grow More Experience Site in Irwin, Ohio, one of 60 such locations across the country, was host last week to retailers from around the state hoping to step up their agronomic knowledge in order to pass it on to Ohio’s farmers.

“We have several retailers out and our goal today is for our retailers to actually come out and get an experience of what Syngenta has in our pipeline as well as some future technologies,” said Leon Hunter, agronomy manager for Syngenta East Heartland. “And one of the key objectives of today is to share with them a lot of different things that are happening agronomically. It’s not as much product focus, it’s more around the agronomic things that they can do to provide more education to their growers on how to produce more crop.”

Hunter noted some important lessons that have been highlighted from the agronomic side.

“One of our key focuses this year is to do some education around the Soybean Cyst Nematode and some of the portfolio products that we have to bring awareness to how devastating this particular disease can be.… Continue reading

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