Feeding Farmers Week 4 – Pittman Farms, Delaware Co.

The fourth and final week of the spring 2015 Feeding Farmers in the Field, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids, saw the crew of the Ohio Ag Net travel to northern Delaware County to Pittman Farms. Ed and Craig Pittman run the corn and soybean operation based near the town of Ashley.

Rain was one of the main topics of discussion between all the farmers, neighbors, and other friends of the family in attendance.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s crop dusters aim for perfection during S.A.F.E. event

Ohio’s aerial applicators — more often known as crop dusters — recently gathered at the Morrow County Airport, base of operations for Fisher Ag Service, to take part in Operation SAFE. The event offers networking opportunities, but more importantly helps to ensure the use of application technology is as efficient and accurate as possible. SAFE in this case stands for Self-regulating Application and Flight Efficiency and is put on by the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA).

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood takes a look at the crop dusting industry in Ohio.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers Week #2 – Ellis Farms, Clinton County

Tuesday’s cooler than normal temperatures greeted the crew of the Ohio Ag Net as they ventured to Clinton County for the second installment of the 2015 Feeding Farmers in the Field sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids. The week’s winners were Ellis Farms – a corn, soybean, and wheat operation unique in the fact that it is also a successful pheasant hunting preserve.

More on the operation as Dale Minyo interviews Matt Ellis:

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Feeding Farmers Week 1 – Maple View Farms, Erie County

Dale Minyo and the crew of the Ohio Ag Net took a trip north on Tuesday for the first 2015 installment of Feeding Farmers in the Fields, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids. Maple View Farms based in southern Erie County was the winner. The farm is run by Keith Edwards and two of his sons Kirk and Kent.

As far as their spring, Keith said it has been without much struggle compared to other years.

“We’ve had actually what we’d call a normal spring, which we haven’t had in many years,” said Keith. “It’s been a good spring.

“We are sidedressing. Spraying – we’ve got a little moratorium on that – we’re in between spraying time. And hay, as soon as we get a weather window we’re ready to cut hay, but we’re dry right now.”

The farm is in the process of transition from Keith to Kirk and Kent. Each have their own duties on the operation.… Continue reading

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Cab Cam – John Wilson, Franklin County

A stones-throw from a Best Buy and a Wal-Mart is where Ty Higgins found John Wilson working Franklin County ground to prep the field for soybeans in Dublin. Wilson was running a Horsch Joker with a J & M soil conditioner on the land that has been taken care of by the Wilson family for four generations now. Wilson talks with Ty about the implements he is putting to use and his philosophy on field prep with the stronger stalks being planted nowadays in this Cab Cam video.… Continue reading

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Cab Cam – Doug Henry, Logan County

The Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visited Logan County Farmer Doug Henry of Henry Farms to get an update on how their planting season is going so far. Henry said they very much welcomed the warmer temperatures seen over the weekend and that soil temperatures in his area dearly needed the heat.

“It’s nice to have some warm temperatures. That’s what we were looking for. The ground’s warmed up just the way we like it today,” he said. “We started last week and I just looked and we’re at about 500 acres planted.”… Continue reading

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Spring 2015 Cab Cam – MKB Farms – Galion, Ohio

With an unusual break from rain and cold weather this spring, many farmers across Ohio headed to the fields to work ground, spray and in some cases even begin the 2015 planting season. Ty Higgins found The Kocher Family of MKB Farms in Galion, Ohio doing just that. Nick Kocher was Ty’s guest for the first Cab Cam of the season.… Continue reading

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Weed ID: Waterhemp and Palmer Amaranth

Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth are incredibly challenging weeds to control because they have the potential to grow up to two inches per day, robbing row crop plants of yield potential. While both weeds are commonly found in the southern U.S., they are rapidly being identified in many areas throughout the Midwest. Dr. Greg Armel of BASF shares tips on differentiating between the two weeds.… Continue reading

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Tips for weed control before planting begins

Under ideal conditions, a fall herbicide application would have taken place in 2014 and another shot at Ohio’s high-anxiety weeds like marestail, giant ragweed and palmer amaranth would have happened just recently. Due to weather conditions, neither of those opportunities may have happened, leaving many producers concerned about getting their fields ready for the 2015 planting season. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins gets some weed control tips for farmers facing wet early spring conditions as he visits with Jonathan Huff from Dow AgroSciences.… Continue reading

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