Automation advancements impress at the 2023 Farm Science Review

New automation options have taken center stage at the 2023 Farm Science Review. In our latest video, join Joel Penhorwood of the Ohio Ag Net as he hears from Dr. John Fulton from The Ohio State University to explore the latest in agricultural automation. From high-flying drone companies to a state-of-the-art automated mobile irrigation system, and even a tractor retrofit to be fully autonomous, they discuss the details on things available to farmers today.… Continue reading

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Impressive silage harvest at MVP Dairy | 2023 Cab Cam | Luke VanTilburg, Mercer County

In this non-traditional Cab Cam, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood steps outside the cab with Luke VanTilburg of MVP Dairy in Mercer County to discuss the impressive silage harvest currently in progress and the logistics behind its success. The undertaking to build up 18 months of silage stocks for the 4,500-cow farm means a team of about 30 individuals are hard at work from the field to the bunk and everywhere in between. The two discuss the logistics behind the feat, this year’s silage quality, leaf diseases, and much more.

The 2023 Cab Cam series is sponsored by Precision Agri Services Inc. More at

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Research underway for ground vs. drone fungicide application

Ohio Ag Net took a firsthand look at the beginnings of Practical Farm Research from Beck’s Hybrids that recently took place, investigating the difference between fungicide application on corn and soybeans by drones versus ground rigs. Jared Chester of Beck’s joins Joel Penhorwood to discuss the research and how they are looking into the question.

The research comes as the company’s Becknology Days gets underway in Atlanta, IN, August 24-26. More at… Continue reading

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Finding, conquering Tar Spot and SDS challenges

Tune in for a crucial, timely agronomy update from Beck’s Hybrids. In this video, field agronomist Mike Hannewald sheds light on effectively addressing Tar Spot and SDS challenges in Ohio fields. Hannewald shares practical strategies, early detection methods, and tailored approaches for managing these threats. Stay informed, proactive, and empowered in the face of field challenges.

More agronomics tips from Beck’s Hybrids online at… Continue reading

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New beginnings for the Taste of Ohio Cafe

2023 marks a farewell to the current version of the Taste of Ohio Building, formally known as the Ohio Food Pavilion, a decades-long tradition highlighting farm fresh dishes. Have no fear – the 2050 Commission has a new vision for farm-to-table education at the Ohio State Fair. Ohio Ag Net’s Jake Zajkowski spoke with commodity and expo leadership on plans for the newest buildings being built between 11th and 17th Ave in Columbus.… Continue reading

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2023 Junior Market Beef results

Grand Champion: Holden LeVan, Champaign Co. (Division III Champion Cross)
Reserve Grand Champion: Beckett Winegardner, Allen County (Division II Champion Cross)
Third overall: Essie McGuire, Champaign Co. (Division III Reserve Champion Cross)
Fourth overall: Emily Scott, Portage County (Champion Shorthorn Plus)
Fifth overall: Harrison Blay, Portage County (Division V Champion Cross)

August 5, 2023

Judge: Ryan Rathmann


Grand Champion – Cheyenne Myers, Stark County
Reserve Champion – Griffin Gahler, Ottawa County


Grand Champion – Traigh McCullough, Allen County

Reserve Champion – Tatumn Poff, Geauga County


Grand Champion – Olivia Jones, Allen County
Reserve Champion – Tyler Neill, Sandusky County


Grand Champion – Delaney Chester, Warren County

Reserve Champion – Addie Sorgen, Van Wert


Grand Champion – Jayla Ricer, Pike County
Reserve Champion – Essie McGuire, Champaign County


Grand Champion – Asher Conley, Scioto County
Reserve Champion – Blake Osborne, Highland County

Shorthorn Plus

Grand Champion – Emily Scott, Portage County
Reserve Champion – Tavin Warner, Sandusky County


Grand Champion – Blake Neill, Huron County
Reserve Champion – Audra Music, Richland County

All Other Breeds (AOB)

Grand Champion – Taylor Poff, Geauga County
Reserve Champion – Brandon Sachara, Wayne County

Market Heifer

Grand Champion – Tyler Stephens, Gallia County
Reserve Champion – Kylee Bloomfield, Crawford County


Division I Champion – Taylor Barton, Clinton County 
Division I Reserve Champion – Cruz Robbins, Pike County 
Division II Champion – Beckett Winegardner, Allen County 
Division II Reserve Champion – Hayden Shumaker, Warren County 
Division III Champion – Holden LeVan, Champaign Co.

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2023 Junior Market Barrow results

Grand Champion: Grand Champion: Oksana Gossard, Allen Co. (Dark cross champion)
Reserve Grand Champion: Logan Deel, Gallia Co. (Dark cross res. Champion)
Third overall: Oakley Engle, Highland Co. (Hampshire champion)
Fourth overall: Hayley Wells, Preble Co. (Champion light cross)
Fifth overall: Reserve Champion: Mason Hittle, Muskingum Co. (Res. Champion light cross)

Ava Genter, Fulton Co., had the champion Landrace.

Aug. 4 and 5, 2023

Judges: Jeremy Cantrell, OK and Blaine Olson, IL.


Grand Champion: Zander Ivey, Fayette Co.

Reserve Champion: Mason Elchinger, Henry Co. 

Chester White

Grand Champion: Owen Bradshaw, Clinton Co.

Reserve Champion: Cade Sponcil, Highland Co.


Grand Champion: Megan Smith-McCarley, Pickaway Co.

Reserve Champion: Rayne Kinsman, Fulton Co.


Grand Champion: Kaidyn McWhorter, Ross Co.

Reserve Champion: Wade Smith, Clinton Co.


Grand Champion: Oakley Engle, Highland Co.

Reserve Champion: Kinsley Dinovo, Logan Co. 


Grand Champion: Ava Genter, Fulton Co.

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GrowNextGen ambassadors talk boats, drones, water quality at Ohio State Fair

In the latest series covering the ongoing and diverse work of the GrowNextGen program, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood spoke with Shelbie Snoke about her work over the summer and at the Ohio State Fair to teach young people about agriculture. Snoke reflects on her experience as an ambassador, and her thoughts to others wanting to take part in the program.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb Show results

Exhibitors lined up with the Natural Colored lambs for the 2023 Ohio State Fair.

July 26, 2023

Judge: Scott Greiner, Virginia

Grand Champion: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champ. cross)
Reserve Grand Champion: Avery Rice, Trumbull Co. (Res. Cross)
Third overall: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champ Hamp)
Fourth overall: Makenna Snyder, Shelby Co. (Res Hamp)
Fifth overall: Rees Toler, Gallia Co. (Champ White-face cross)
Sixth overall: Brylyn Bryant, Ashland Co. (Champ Shrop.)


Champ: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co.

Res. Champ: Makenna Snyder, Shelby Co.


Champ: Brylyn Bryant, Ashland Co.

Res. Champ: Brandon Stone, Miami Co. 


Champion: Mylee Shatto, Shelby Co. 

Res. Champion: Nora Jackson, Harrison Co.


Champion: Delaney Dudte, Wayne Co. 

Res. Champion: Sophie Young, Highland Co.


Champion: Mylee Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Madison Shatto, Shelby Co.

Hair sheep

Champion: Lola McCarroll, Miami Co.

Res. Champion: Sofia Ciersezwski, Erie Co.

Hair sheep were well represented in the show by Champion Lola McCarroll from Miami Co.
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Ohio innovators highlighted in 2023 butter cow display

On behalf of Ohio’s dairy farmers, the 2023 butter cow display at the Ohio State Fair honors several notable Ohioans whose inventions improved lives around the world.

“Ohio has been home to many pioneers in science and technology over the last 200 years, and this year’s butter display celebrates that rich history of innovation by paying tribute to four inventors and their groundbreaking inventions,” said Jenny Crabtree, senior vice president of communications, American Dairy Association Mideast. 

Along with the traditional butter cow and calf, the display features butter sculptures of Thomas Edison with a light bulb and a phonograph, Garrett Morgan with a three-position traffic signal, Josephine Cochrane with a hand-powered dishwasher and James Spangler with a portable vacuum cleaner.  

This year’s buttery masterpieces were crafted from 2,000 pounds of butter, donated in part by Dairy Farmers of America, by a team of Ohio-based technical sculptors led by Paul Brooke of Cincinnati.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Goat results

Grand Champion Market Goat: Braxton Method, Auglaize County
Reserve Champion Market Goat: Ethan Davies, Wood County
Third overall: Jada Shroyer, Logan County
Fourth overall: Maya McCoy, Fayette County
Fifth overall: Braxton Method, Auglaize County
Sixth overall: Addie Foor, Licking County

Judge: Spencer Scotten, El Reno, OK

Addison Flynn from Lorain County. Photo by Caroline Endsley.

Light Weight Div.

  1. Braxton Method, Auglaize
  2. Anara Shroyer, Logan
  3. Taylen Thompson, Fairfield

Middle Weight Div.

  1. Braxton Method, Auglaize
  2. Maya McCoy, Fayette
  3. Addie Foor, Licking 

Heavy Weight Div.

  1. Ethan Davies, Wood
  2. Jada Shroyer, Logan
  3. Brylyn Bryant, Ashland

Champion Drive
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Howard Wyman Leadership School securing a strong future for sheep

The Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School was recently held in Ohio, bringing together young producers as they work to become leaders in the sheep feeder industry. Ohio Ag Net’s Jake Zajkowski reports with organizers and participants from across the nation about their experience in sheep auction barns and meat processing facilities in the Buckeye state. A strong future for sheep production means hands-on training in lamb harvesting, marketing, and flock management. Tune in to hear how the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is training emerging leaders.… Continue reading

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Big wheat numbers for Dawson Farms | Wheat Harvest Cab Cam | Doug Dawson, Delaware County

Big numbers on the yield monitor are the theme for this year’s wheat harvest at Dawson Farms in Delaware County. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood stopped by for a Cab Cam with Doug Dawson as he and his family worked to finish the last of their wheat.

Dawson said the big year has reminded him of some in the past, and along with it, some advice for fellow farmers.

“Keep hitting singles, guys,” he said. “I have learned in 40 years when you’re swinging for home runs and trying to hit the top of the market, you’ll never do it.”

Listen in to the full Cab Cam, sponsored by Precision Agri Services Inc. More online at… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Roadshow | Roy Klopfenstein

Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field Leader, joins Roy Klopfenstein for this in-depth interview on what’s happening at his Paulding County farm, including growing season progression, market access, and more. Klopfenstein, a representative in the Ohio State Legislature for District 82, also discusses the many issues affect farmers statewide.

Ohio Field Leader is a project of Ohio’s soybean growers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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