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OSIA recognized distinguished services award winners

The Ohio Sheep Improvement and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program present distinguished service awards to people who have served the Ohio sheep industry. This year the groups recognized 3 people who have term-limited in 2022 on the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board of Directors and deserve recognition for their contributions to the Ohio Sheep Industry. They are:

• Scott Peters, Darke County — Peters has served on the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board of Directors for the past 9 years, and is term-limited as of the end of 2022.  

• Dale Duerr, Tuscarawas County — Duerr has served on the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board of Directors for the past 9 years and is term-limited as of the end of 2022.  

• Ross Larue, Pickaway County — Larue of Ashville, Ohio has served on the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board of Directors for the past 9 years, and is term-limited as of the end of 2022.  … Continue reading

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A big year for ‘Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer’

Farm Credit Mid-America’s “Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer” program has officially wrapped up its second year with major increases, both in the amount donated and the counties involved.

Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo travelled to the Norwalk office of Farm Credit Mid-America to recap the program for 2022 and hear about the contest’s winners. Guests from Farm Credit Mid-America include Evan Hahn, regional vice president of ag lending, Chandra French, financial officer, and Lindy McLaughlin, associate financial officer.… Continue reading

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Will we see white Christmas weather?

By Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University Extension

Precipitation has increased a bit across the state in recent weeks, ending what was a very dry stretch this fall. Observations indicate 1.5-2 inches have fallen across NW Ohio and in couties just to the southeast of about I-71. Still, about 73% of the state is in abnormally dry to moderate drought according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. Temperatures overall are averaging about normal across the southern half of the state and 1 to 3 degrees F above average across the north, with the typical late fall oscillation between mild and chilly air. For the latest up-to-date conditions, seasonal outlooks, and monthly climate summaries, please visit the State Climate Office of Ohio.

The first in a series of storms this week will be on-going Tuesday morning. Periods of rain showers are expected across the state through Wednesday morning then again Thursday afternoon through Friday night.… Continue reading

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Managing SCN over time

By The SCN Coalition

Dan Ory suspected the hot, dry growing season of 2022 could result in elevated population densities of the most damaging soybean pathogen, soybean cyst nematode (SCN). That was confirmed when Iowa State University (ISU) Nematologist Greg Tylka visited his farm to answer his questions about SCN management.

The two met through a partnership between The SCN Coalition and BASF Agricultural Solutions to spread awareness about the yield-robbing pest. In a new video series, Tylka, who has spent decades studying SCN and working toward management solutions, answers Ory’s questions about managing SCN.

Why is SCN an issue again?

The Ory family has battled SCN in the past, but that was well before Dan joined the family farm. For years, his father controlled SCN with resistant varieties. He asked Tylka why SCN is prevalent once again.

Tylka says farmers have been using the same source of SCN resistance, PI 88788, for a quarter of the century, but over time SCN has developed resistance to the resistance.… Continue reading

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Tips to understand Brazil’s soybean production

By Daniele Siqueira, AgRural Commodities Agrícolas 

The record area of 43.2 million hectares that Brazil is likely to cultivate with soybeans in the 2022-23 crop was 91% planted by Dec. 1, compared with 94% in the same period last year and in line with the 5-year average, according to AgRural data. Production, based for now on trendline yields, is seen at 150.5 million metric tons, 25 million up from last season, when a severe drought linked to the phenomenon La Niña resulted in historical losses in southern states.

AgRural will replace trendlines by actual yield estimates by state later this month. So far, the new crop develops well, but rains have been spotty in some regions, and farmers in central states, including top producer Mato Grosso, are concerned about dry spots that are now heading into the pod-filling stage. Hit-and-miss rains have also been seen in southern states, but the situation is far from being as bad as the one faced a year ago.… Continue reading

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Mixed reviews for new RFS numbers

The Environmental Protection Agency released its draft set rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard on Dec. 1, which sets blending volumes for 2023, 2024, and 2025. The RFS requires annual volumes of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, be used in the fuel supply to reduce emissions, expand and diversify the fuel supply, improve energy security and lower costs.

The proposed requirements were disappointing to soy growers, who had expecting stronger numbers for biofuels but viewed as positive by corn growers from an ethanol standpoint

“We are pleased with EPA’s forward-looking approach of annual increases in the proposal,” said Tom Haag, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “EPA clearly recognizes that renewable fuels like ethanol play a critical role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing U.S. energy independence and providing long-term relief to consumers at the pump. With continued pressure on energy security and costs and the need to accelerate carbon emission reductions, biofuels can contribute even more, and we will make that case to EPA for the final volumes.” … Continue reading

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Farm groups thankful for federal action to halt rail strike

After it was passed by the House, an early December Senate vote of 80-15 passed a bill to head off a potential rail strike and led to a signature from President Biden the following day.

A rail strike could have disrupted the movement of grain and input shipments. 

“AFBF applauds Congress and President Biden for working together to avert a rail strike. High diesel prices, a truck driver shortage, and low water levels on the Mississippi River have already made shipping conditions difficult. A rail strike would have had a devastating effect on the American economy, especially as families grapple with higher prices caused by inflation,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm bureau Federation president. “Farmers rely on trains to transport food and feed, and they also depend on the rails to bring important supplies like fertilizer back to the farm, which is why AFBF urged Congress and the president to find a solution to the rail worker impasse.… Continue reading

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Ohioans on the front lines in SCOTUS Prop 12 battle

By Matt Reese 

Ohioans were among the pork producers who finally got their day in court — the Supreme Court — on long awaited progress on California’s Proposition 12 in October. 

Several Ohioans have been involved in various ways in the lawsuit headed up by the National Pork Producers Council.  

“We had our day in court,” said Duane Stateler, a Hancock County pork producer and grain farmer who serves on the board of directors for the National Pork Producers Council. “Phil Jordan, an Ohio pork producer, was one of 12 pork producers in the courtroom. It was interesting, they said that when council made mention that there were 12 producers in the room, they noticed that all the justices were looking to try to see if they could figure out just which of the people sitting in the assembly were the pork producers. I think that was a point well taken that producers took time to come and make sure they were some of the few people allowed into the actual courtroom for the hearing.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 280 | Everything You Need to Know About No-Till

On this week’s podcast Dusty and Matt sit down with Randall Reeder who talks about the No-Till Conference. Matt also chats with Jill Adelsberger from Cargill who talks about the issues facing the agriculture industry in relation to the markets. Ben Klick of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Association and Patrick Knouff who is the President of Ohio Soybean Association talk with Matt at the Grain Farms Symposium. Both guys farm on different ends of Ohio. Dale also talks with Shelby Guthrie who was named the Teacher of Year in relation to GrowNextGen. All this and more on this week’s episode!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update  

14:17 Jill Adelsberger – Cargill

19:52 Ben Klick and Patrick Knouff

36:03 Shelby Guthrie – GrowNextGen

47:25 Back with Randall Reeder… Continue reading

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Sulc retires

By Laura LindseyDave Barker, Ohio State University Extension

Mark Sulc, Professor and Extension State Specialist for Forage Production, retired from Ohio State University at the end of October 2022 after 30 years of service.

Mark was an active member of OSU Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team. Over his career, Mark authored 443 extension newsletter articles, bulletins, and Fact Sheets and gave 312 in-state presentations and 46 out-of-state presentations. (Yes, Mark gave us his exact numbers before he left.) Mark is recognized nationally and internationally for his research on topics including, development of predictive equations for alfalfa quality (i.e. PEAQ sticks for alfalfa management), integrated crop livestock systems, field evaluation of potato-leaf hopper resistance in alfalfa, and (most recently) field evaluations of low-lignin varieties of alfalfa. His program will have a lasting impact on farmers not only in Ohio, but across the globe through his international efforts.

Although Mark’s research and extension efforts are notable, perhaps his greatest contribution was through his mentorship.… Continue reading

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Planting depth is critical to achieving high yields

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. 

Planting is one of the most critical management practices of the year because it sets the stage for the entire growing season. There are several key aspects of planting, one of which is planting depth. Invariably, every year Seed Consultants’ agronomists come across problems that are caused by variable and improper planting depth. Planting depth is critical because it impacts germination, seedling development, crop root development, emergence, and ultimately crop yields.

For corn, seed needs to be planted no shallower than 1.5 inches below the soil surface. Typically, the suggested range is 1.5 to 2 inches, however, some studies and growers have demostrated success at depths up to 3 inches. It is important to make sure that corn is planted into adequate soil moisture for germination. In addition, corn needs to be at least 1.5 inches deep for the proper early development the root system.… Continue reading

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Think about seed tech ROI and best fit for you when planning for year ahead

Brian Green, technical agronomist for Bayer, looks ahead to recommendations for 2023. He recommends taking a look at newer technologies, including improved disease tolerance, multiple modes of action, and more. He also says to not forget to look closely at how an investment in new technology matches with on-farm budgets and expected ROI. This conversation with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo took place at the 2022 NAFB Trade Talk.… Continue reading

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OCJ/OAN family update

By Matt Reese

We are a tight knit bunch at Ag Net Communications. You may have noticed some staff additions recently, which is kind of like a second family for me. We welcomed back Joel Penhorwood, who has been helping with video, radio and print. We also added two new marketing specialists we are very excited about working with: Joe Everett and Kristin Flowers.  

At the same time, OCJ and Ohio Ag Net Marketing Specialist Risë Labig has announced her upcoming retirement. During the last 10 years, Risë has re-invented the job description for our sales team, always going the extra mile for her clients and thinking outside the box for ways we can better serve them. Most days my email in-box contains a note from Risë on something I can do to help better serve her clients in some way. And with her persistent urging we have done just that.  … Continue reading

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Three promoted at OFBF

Ohio Farm Bureau staff members Julie Shull, Jennifer Taylor and Kelsey Turner have been elevated to director positions within Ohio’s largest farm and food organization.

Julie Shull has been promoted to director of events for Ohio Farm Bureau. She will add to her over 25 years of service at Ohio Farm Bureau by continuing to provide vision and leadership in the planning and execution of major events for the organization, including the state annual meeting, the Land & Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, and the Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience. Shull also will lead the effort to continue to grow Ohio Farm Bureau’s Travel Program.

Jennifer Taylor has been named Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of county support. In her new role, she will be a liaison to assist county Farm Bureaus with support on accounting processes, as well as oversee accounting services in the new Ohio Farm Bureau service delivery pilot program for 8 county Farm Bureaus in northwest Ohio.… Continue reading

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Fungicides shining with improved timing and ROI

Weather variability across the midwest led to several differences in disease control, says Jared Roskamp of BASF in this NAFB Trade Talk interview with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo. He says improved utilization of fungicide is showing in extra yield response. Roskamp discusses the sweet spot for timing of fungicide application for the best return on investment, and much more. … Continue reading

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Dec. 14 event to focus on farmer networking and soil health

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, farmers are invited to join several Farmer Advocates for Conservation along with soil health experts Mitchell Hora and Jeremiah Durbin, for an interactive day of learning that will focus on how to reduce production risks and costs by improving the health of their soil.

            “The farm community has been under a lot of scrutiny, but this farmer-first event hosted by The Nature Conservancy really highlights the momentum across Ohio and the Corn Belt,” said Mitchell Hora, a seventh-generation farmer and one of two keynote speakers for the event. “I’m excited to share my story and show farmers how soil health systems can be used as offensive management tools to drive farm profits, annual resiliency and environmental outcomes.”

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hancock Hotel in Findlay and will cover soil health principals, making money with soil health and round table networking discussions with other farmers.… Continue reading

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A look at the environmental impact of pets

By Don “Doc” Sanders

An estimated 200 million dogs and cats live in the United States, along with 330 million humans. More than 60% of American households are home to at least one pet.

You’ve probably seen the information out there about how people impact the environment. But how much do our pets contribute to this effect?

Do they really have a significant environmental impact? You bet your sweet bippy they do! 

Pets’ impact on global warming was first studied in 2017, using a technique called life cycle analysis (LCA). An LCA of an animal species evaluates all of the inputs that go into supporting the animals, right down to the animals’ outputs. That is, their excrement.

LCAs have been completed numerous times over the past several years for food animals like cows and pigs. So, it’s logical that researchers would also evaluate our pets. Or at least you’d think so, if they had a chance to see how much food my boxer, Ruby, wolfs down. … Continue reading

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