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Apple Farm Service offers Pipe Ag

Apple Farm Service is excited to be the first dealership for Pipe Ag. Pipe Ag, a local company based out of Springfield, Ohio, is a quickly growing Ag technology business designed to help the farmer improve their harvest efficiencies. 

In a nutshell, Pipe Ag saves the farmer a minute or two each hour, which ads up over the entire harvest season. It allows everyone in the field to know how full each grain cart is, how long until the combine needs unloaded, when the semi-trucks will get back to the field, and where compaction needs addressed.

Roark Thompson, owner of Pipe Ag, explains how his software is easy to install and even easier to use. Combines and semi-trailers just need one sensor installed in the grain tank. Grain carts with scales take even less work. Every sensor is then automatically synced to a designated IPad that sits in the combine, tractor, or semi-cab. … Continue reading

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Ohio forestry: Playing Ohio’s long game in crop rotation

By Matt Reese

Harvester or feller buncher? 

According to Caterpillar, Inc., a forestry harvester is a machine used for felling, delimbing and bucking (cutting felled and delimbed trees into logs). A harvester uses a felling head to cut the tree at its base to the desired length. The head also has at least two curved delimbing knives that remove branches from the trunk, two feed rollers to grasp the cut tree and a measuring wheel that calculates the stem length during the head feeding process. Harvesters can function effectively on level ground and steeper slopes.

A feller buncher is essentially a less sophisticated harvester. This machine cuts down trees and groups them, but it doesn’t possess delimbing or bucking capabilities. 

Jared Lute spends his days inside one of the more unique and impressive pieces of agricultural equipment in the state of Ohio — a forestry harvester. 

Jared Lute runs the harvester for R.
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2022 Corn Harvest Cab Cam | Tim Everett, Shelby County

The first harvest Cab Cam of 2022 takes Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood to the southeast corner of Shelby County where Tim Everett and his family have started into April-planted corn following the harvest of their earliest planted soybeans.

Tim says the crop is drier than it initially looks with good yields in their area, thanks in part to well-drained fields after some wet times earlier this year. He talks not only the crop, but also the technology at work in the combine.

This Cab Cam series is brought to you by Precision Agri Services Inc. Learn more at… Continue reading

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Frosty forecast

By Aaron WilsonEric Richer, CCA, Ohio State University Extension

The calendar has turned to October, and with it, harvest and fall activities will accelerate over the next few weeks. We have already experienced a few chilly nights this past week with patchy frost in some areas, but when do we typically see our first freeze conditions? This first (last) official freeze is defined as the first fall (spring) day where the overnight low reaches 32 degrees F. 

The Midwest Regional Climate Center (MRCC) has developed a new Freeze Date Tool ( that relies on historical temperature data at the county level back to 1950 and allows users to select a freeze temperature threshold between 20 degrees F and 40 degrees F to visualize the earliest, average, and latest fall or spring event. For instance, many of us are interested in the hard freeze threshold of 28 degrees F, the temperature at which our corn and soybean growing season comes to an end. … Continue reading

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New field specialists announced by OSU Extension

Bruce Clevenger, David Marrison, and Eric Richer have been hired as field specialists, farm management for Ohio State University Extension in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

The three new specialists, who previously have served as OSU Extension county educators, will begin their new roles Nov. 1, said Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins, associate dean and director, OSU Extension.

“Farm management is an extremely important topic in the agriculture industry, and OSU Extension has determined that the best way to address this top priority is to install several professionals to coordinate their efforts across the state,” Wilkins said. “Bruce, David, and Eric are experts in this field, and each also has a specialized area of interest that will contribute to the industry as a whole and really help meet the needs of our clientele.”

These new field specialists will also be key players in helping to implement the inaugural work of the college’s new Farm Financial Management Policy Institute,

“I am excited that these positions will be able to work in tandem with each other and with our other field specialists,” said Sam Custer, interim assistant director, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension.… Continue reading

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More farmland preserved in Ohio

More Ohio farmland will remain Ohio farmland. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is proud to announce 110 acres have been added to the Farmland Preservation Program. Brother and sister owners David Saunders and Mary Schlemmer in Clark County become the 25th Ohio farm to join the program this year.

Agricultural land is a key part of Ohio’s landscape. Preserving this land is essential. An agricultural easement in Farmland Preservation is a voluntary agreement between the landowner and ODA, where the landowner agrees to perpetually maintain the land predominately in agricultural use. In exchange, the landowner is either compensated or may be entitled to a tax deduction.

Local sponsor Tecumseh Land Trust and partner the Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) played a significant role in securing this agreement.

Since the Office of Farmland Preservation began in 1998, 676 farms totaling 102,516 acres have entered into agreements. This enables Ohio to continually be a top producer, aiding not just Ohioans, but all Americans.… Continue reading

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What do your soil test numbers mean?

By Greg LaBarge, CCA, Ohio State University Extension

Harvest is quickly followed by soil sampling. Soon after samples are submitted to the lab, we have a bunch of numbers to make sense of to decide our nutrient plan for the next 1 to 2 crops. The soil test numbers help us understand soil nutrient holding and exchange capacity, the need for lime, and if we should invest in fertilizer.

Some soil test report information helps us understand the soil’s natural ability to retain and supply nutrients such as organic matter (OM) and cation exchange capacity (CEC). 

Organic matter (OM): OM plays an essential role in nutrient cycling and retention. OM accumulation in uncultivated soils is impacted by moisture and temperature due to their influence on plant growth and soil microbes.

Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC): CEC measures the capacity of the soil to hold exchangeable cations (positively charged ions). We report CEC as milliequivalents (meq) per 100 grams of soil.… Continue reading

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EPA atrazine comment deadline nearly here

October 7, 2022 marks the deadline to submit comments to the EPA regarding their ruling on the herbicide atrazine, potentially meaning major changes to a tool available to farmers. Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo sits down with Patty Mann, a farmer near Jackson Center, Ohio and District 8 representative for the Ohio Corn Checkoff. Mann is reminding farmers of the upcoming comment deadline and how to submit comments online through… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 271| All Things Fall: Pumpkin Spice & Harvest Season Upon Us

On this week’s podcast Matt and Dusty sit down with Stephanie Karhoff who is a field specialist in agronomic systems for Ohio State University Extension. They talk about her work in this role and different agronomic topics her team and her are working on to support growers. Dale talks with a few Ohio educators who recently attended one of the GrowNextGen events called Chick Quest. Lastly, Matt chats with Paul Dorrance on Mobile Meat Processing in Ohio. All this and more thanks to AgriGold!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

19:20 GrowNextGen – Chick Quest

33:45 Paul Dorrance – Meat Processing

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Yield monitor calibration

By Elizabeth Hawkins, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems, Ohio State University Extension

Across Ohio, combines are busy collecting more than just grain. Yield monitors are also busy collecting data with the hope that this information will lead to more profit in the future.

The yield monitor does not directly measure the number of bushels per acre of grain produced; instead, these estimates are calculated based on a combination of data collected by sensors in the combine and information provided by the grower. Because of this, the accuracy of the yield estimate is dependent on the accuracy of all the information that is being used to calculate it, and care needs to be taken to ensure all of the data being collected is correct.

The grain flow estimate is an important piece of the yield estimate calculation. Many combines today are equipped with an impact sensor that is used to collect this information.… Continue reading

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Poor tip fill in corn

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

One common issue observed and discussed during the 2022 growing season is poor tip fill, or tip-back in corn ears. A lack of kernel development at the tip of the ear can be cause for concern among growers. Keep in mind that any stress right before and during pollination can significantly impact kernel development. If you have scouted your corn fields late in the growing season and have noticed tip back, there are several factors that could be the cause:

• Pollination—if kernels did not develop at all near the tip of the ear, this is a sign of a pollination problem. The silks at the tip of the ear emerge last and stress at pollination can significantly impact them. Heat and drought stress can cause a lack of viable pollen as well as delayed silk emergence, resulting in no kernel development at the tip of the ear.… Continue reading

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Harvest progressing

Minimal rain during the previous week enabled farmers to make considerable progress as they harvested row crops and planted winter wheat, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Minimal to nonexistent levels of precipitation were observed in southern and western portions of the State, which contributed to ongoing soil dryness. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 20 percent very short, 11 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending October 2 was 53.7 degrees, 6.2 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.51 inches of precipitation, 0.20 inches below average. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 2.

Corn dented progress was 93 percent complete, 59 percent of the crop was mature, and 7 percent of corn was harvested for grain. Corn harvested for silage was 85 percent complete. Corn condition was rated 64 percent good to excellent. … Continue reading

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Fall insect monitoring

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean check-off

It has been another year to pay attention to insects in the field crops.

“After a bit of a dry start to the season and stressed soybeans, we were fortunate to not see much insect pressure early on,” said Andy Michel, Ohio State University Professor of Entomology, and Insect Field Crop Specialist for OSU Extension. “It wasn’t until mid to late July when we started to see the insects move into the soybean fields. Historically June and July is when we would expect to see soybean aphids. In recent years it has become more of a late season past. Now July is the time we start to scout for stink bugs.”

Stink bugs cause damage by feeding on the pods and developing beans.

“Stink bugs have become more of a major pest to soybeans in Ohio,” Michel said.… Continue reading

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OSU Dean’s Charity Steer show final tally for charity is $247,148

The donations are in and an impressive $247,148 was raised by the Dean’s Charity Steer Show for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. 

Held Aug. 2 at the Ohio State Fair’s Cooper Arena, the show far surpassed all expectations. 

“This wonderful event brings people together to celebrate communities, agriculture, and children,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) who serves as host for the event. 

The event is focused on youth who benefit from the Ronald McDonald House, which is the sole beneficiary of the funds, as well as the 4-H youth who provide their expertise and steers for the event. 4-H is the youth development program of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences through OSU Extension.

“Every dollar we raised means families can stay together only steps away from their hospitalized child during one of the most stressful times of their lives,” Kress said. … Continue reading

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Bullish corn, bearish soybeans in U.S. Quarterly Grain Stocks

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

Today is USDA report day for U.S. Quarterly Grain Stocks. The monthly supply and demand report (WASDE) will not be published today, that report will be on Oct. 12.

Corn stocks were below trade estimates while soybean stocks were 32 million bushels above trade estimates.

The Sept. 1 grain stocks were: corn 1.377 billion bushels, soybeans 274 million bushels, wheat 1.776 billion bushels. 

Average trade estimates for Sept. 1 grain stocks: corn 1.512 billion bushels, soybeans 242 million bushels, and wheat 1.776 billion bushels.  

Just after the noon report release, corn was up 12 cents, soybeans down 18 cents, and wheat up 27 cents. Prior to the reports, corn was up 9 cents, soybeans up 9 cents, and wheat up 15 cents. Earlier this morning at the 8:45 am pause, corn was up 4 cents, soybeans up 6 cents, with wheat up 11 cents. 

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Cultivating relationships with legislators

By Matt Reese

It’s all about relationships — even your farm. Whether it is with the brother, son, or daughter you work side-by-side with, the neighbor at the coffee shop, the mechanic you trust to work on your equipment, the seed dealer, the agronomist, the banker — it all boils down to relationships. On a farm, it is easy to get bogged down within the boundaries of the ground you farm, but there is so much beyond those borders that has a direct impact upon it. Relationships matter there too.

For this reason, relationships formed through involvement in farm organizations and advocacy also matter. This is at the heart of the recent trip by the Ohio Farm Bureau to Washington, D.C.

Finally, after the trip was cancelled last spring due to COVID restrictions, the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents were able to meet with legislators and lobby for Ohio agriculture in our nation’s capital.… Continue reading

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Meet the ’22-’23 State FFA Officer Team

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

The Ohio FFA State Convention serves both as a celebration of the successes experienced over the last year and a kickoff for what’s to come for Ohio FFA members. For 11 individuals, it also marks the beginning of an incredible year-long journey. 

Those elected to serve on the Ohio FFA State Officer Team take on the task of representing the more than 25,000 Ohio FFA members. This group of ambassadors works to influence the next generation of young leaders through chapter visits, leadership nights and a variety of conferences. In addition to working directly with FFA members, the team networks with sponsors and supporters, sharing the story of Ohio FFA with those they meet. 

Why did you join the FFA?

My mom is an agriculture educator and FFA advisor, which meant I had a front row seat to the avenues within agriculture and opportunities that the FFA held.… Continue reading

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Statewide sheep tour

A statewide sheep production tour of Knox, Licking, and Crawford Counties has been planned for Ohio Sheep Producers the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. This year’s tour is jointly sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Hardin County OSU Extension. Join us for a drive your own, sheep production tour focusing on dry lot/confinement sheep operations. There will be four tour stops on this year’s statewide tour, with each farm stop only being offered at the time listed.

The first farm stop will be at Cable Family Lamb Feedlot (10491 Canal Road, Hebron, Ohio 43025). This Licking County stop will be at 10:00 am Saturday, Oct. 15. The Dave Cable family is the host of this stop which includes a large contract lamb finishing feedlot in Ohio feeding several thousand lambs from all over the United States. This farm has more recently added a dry lot/confinement ewe flock to produce additional lambs for the Cable Farms feedlot.… Continue reading

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