Feeding Farmers Week 2 – Green Oak Farms, Preble County

The second week of Feeding Farmers 2016, sponsored by AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew near the Indiana-Ohio state line to Green Oak Farms in Preble County. A notable turnout joined the team for lunch on the grain and livestock farm.

Gary Long runs the grain side of the large operation. He talked with Dale Minyo about their planting season this year and the operation overall.

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AgTube: The #Plant16 Song

The 2016 planting season has been Deja Vu all over again for many farmers in the Midwest. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins wrote this tune to help share their agony with the rest of the country. It this fits what your spring has been like…Crank…It…Up!

It’s been 45 day since I started rollin’
Yeah this plating seasons been really tollin’
It was off to a good start thought I’d be spending
the month of May in my tractor.
I’ve been waking up every morning hoping
Dirt would be right l I could get it going
But now it’s June and here I sit
And I’m feelin’ like such a slacker
I’ve been trying not to lose my temper
Always like ready set can’t go
Older farmers say they always remember
Springs like this but I need to see my crops grow
Other neighbors say that they’re about done
Please just don’t share that stuff with me
Farming should be a bit more fun
But I’m not even close with #plant16
All I want to do is get these seeds in
With some great help in the buddy seat
When I’m all done you know you’ll see it
I’ll be sure to send it out in a tweet
Just about finished my last corn field
But I’m not even close to done
Them early farms won’t have that much yield
Gonna tear ‘em up and give it one more run
Mother Nature wasn’t all that helpful
Hope I have plenty of corn seed
By July I’ll have a beer by the pool
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2016 Planting Cab Cam – Ron Grayson Burns, Union County

Ron Grayson Burns and his family have diversified their farm and are now raising conventional and organic corn, soybeans and wheat in Union County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found out more as he visited with Burns, who works at Farm Credit and his brother Austin, who works for JD Equipment, when they’re not in the field. Their dad, Ron and family friend, Steve Wiant were also at the farm running three planters to make up time in this delayed planting season.… Continue reading

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2016 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – David Neidhart, Marion County

Many farmers around Ohio are feeling the pressure to get corn and soybean seeds planted as the number of days in May wind down. Although conditions weren’t ideal for soybean planting for David Neidhart in Marion County, the weather was finally hot and dry and the field was good enough for D&PN Farms to make some late progress in the 2016 planting season. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Neidhart for a Cab Cam on May 24th.… Continue reading

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When protecting wheat, timing is everything

Mother Nature’s confusion of March in May is not only causing havoc with corn and soybean planting, but it may have major implications on Ohio’s wheat. This 2016 wheat crop has come along nicely and keeping it healthy will be all about timing when it comes to fungicide and pesticide applications.

Seed Consultant’s Director of Agronomic Services, Bill Mullen, shows the progress of some seed fields in Preble County and has some pointers on how to get the most out of wheat fields, despite the chilly and wet spring.… Continue reading

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