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Thousands of mink released from Van Wert County farm

Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach released that his Office is investigating a breaking and entering/vandalism complaint at Lion Farms USA Mink Farm in Hoaglin Township that occurred during the overnight hours of Nov. 15, 2022. Suspects destroyed fencing, and approximately 25,000 to 40,000 mink were released from their cages.

The Sheriff warned local residents and area farmers that mink are carnivorous mammals that stick to a diet consisting of fresh kills. They regularly hunt prey bigger than themselves. As a result, they can be a bothersome pest for homeowners, livestock owners, and property managers. Mink have proven to be especially costly and problematic for poultry ranchers as well as homeowners with ornamental ponds filled with koi and other fish.

The incident remains under investigation. Several Agencies assisting in the investigation are the Ohio State Patrol, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, ODNR, EMA, and ODOT. Anyone with information about the breaking and entering is asked to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or Van Wert County Crime Stoppers at 419-238-STOP (7867).… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 277 | GrowNextGen Celebrates 10 Years

Dusty and Dale talk with Tom Fontana, Director of Research and Education for the Ohio Soybean Council, about the GrowNextGen Project. Then, Dale Catches up with John Motter to discuss high oleic soybeans. Peter Gehres, of Jeff Martin Auctioneers, chats with Matt about an auction outlook. All this and more thanks to AgriGold! 

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update 

10:04 John Motter – High Oleic Soybean 

11:52 Peter Gehres – Jeff Martin Auctioneers 

26:39 Back with Tom Fontana … Continue reading

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Useful tips for year-end clean-up

By Brian Ravencraft

The end of 2022 is upon us. In fact, it is almost here. What year-end clean-up and planning exercises should business owners and farmers be taking part in before the year draws to a close? I asked some of my colleagues at Holbrook & Manter to weigh in. See their tips below.

The end of the year can be a busy time for small business owners with the holidays, and wrapping up projects before the New Year. However, it is not the time to forget about financial planning and taxes. Small business owners should be ensuring their books are up to date and accurate. This can help in determining where they can expect profits to be for the year. Once this information is together, they should be working very closely with their tax accountant to ensure they are prepared for any taxes they may owe, as well as to utilize any tax savings.… Continue reading

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Osborn joins Ohio Corn & Wheat

Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) is pleased to announce its newly hired director of market development, Wendy Osborn.   

As director of market development, Osborn will serve on the OCW leadership team. In this role, she will administer programs to maintain and expand both domestic and international markets for Ohio corn and small grains. She will also be responsible for administration of OCW’s market development for livestock, oversight of the organization’s transportation initiatives and development of relationship efforts with first purchasers of corn and wheat.

Osborn is an experienced industry leader with a breadth of knowledge in agricultural business and finance. Previously, she spent 20 years with Farm Credit Mid-America in various roles, most recently serving as senior vice president of commercial agriculture. 

“We are continually looking for market retention and expansion opportunities in the best interest of our Ohio Corn & Wheat grower-members,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of OCW. “Wendy has the professionalism, industry knowledge and relationship-building skills needed to further advance our market development work.”… Continue reading

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Trade concerns with Biden Administration

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Strategic Planning Conference recently wrapped up with a comprehensive overview of the Biden administration’s current trade initiatives and their potential impact on red meat exports. Longtime U.S. trade negotiator Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, who is now a trade policy consultant with AgTrade Strategies, LLC, praised her successors for their efforts to address trade barriers that limit U.S. agricultural exports. But she questioned the degree to which the Biden administration has prioritized agricultural trade, noting that Congress still has yet to confirm the nominees for USTR chief agricultural negotiator and USDA undersecretary for trade. 

“So it’s hard to get that political push for agriculture when it’s not the priority that it has been in prior administrations — including the Obama administration,” Bomer Lauritsen said. 

She spotlighted tense relations between the U.S. and China but noted that the vast Chinese market still holds tremendous opportunities for U.S. agricultural exports.… Continue reading

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Drought concerns increase despite rains

Mild and dry days throughout most of last week supported late-season harvest progress, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Dry conditions persisted across many western and central counties during the past week, with the U.S. Drought Monitor showing moderate to severe drought in 66.8% of the State as of Nov. 8, up from 42.6% the week before. Abnormally dry conditions or worse were observed in 88.3% of the State, up from 85.6% during the previous week. Field fire potential remained a concern in southwestern counties. A multi-week pattern of dry days was broken last Friday when remnants of Hurricane Nicole soaked extensive portions of southern and eastern counties. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 22% very short, 30% short, 46% adequate, and 2% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending Nov. 13 was 48.2 degrees, 5.7 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.36 inches of precipitation, 0.56 inches above average.… Continue reading

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Developing a New Method to Monitor Stink Bugs in Soybeans

By Laura Temple, adapted from Soybean Research and Information Network, November 7, 2022

Multiple stink bug species can infest soybean fields. Brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species currently moving across Ohio, is the primary problem species there, according to Kelley Tilmon, professor of entomology at Ohio State University. However, green stink bugs, brown stink bugs and other species also damage soybeans.

“Stink bugs feed on developing seeds,” she explains. “They punch through pods with their sharp, straw-like mouth parts. Then they secrete digestive chemicals that allow them to slurp up developing seeds.”

Tilmon adds that when stinkbugs feed later in the season, they cause soybeans to shrink, reducing their quality. When they feed early in reproductive growth stages, pods may not produce any soybeans.

“Stink bugs can cause yield losses of up to 20 bushels per acre if not controlled,” she says. “The good news is that stink bugs are very easy to control with insecticide.… Continue reading

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Heritage Lane Farm: Using high tunnels to extend the growing season

By Brooke DeCubellis, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Initially, Kevin and Sarah Swope focused on beef production for the Heritage Lane Farm in Columbiana County, but over three decades the 53-acre farm has evolved into a much more diverse crop and livestock operation.

Kevin keeps 30 American bison, a small herd of American Milking Devon and Aberdeen Angus, as well as a flock of sheep. When directly marketing their products, though, they quickly learned that adding a high tunnel production system helped increase sales at farmers markets. They currently market their products at Shaker Heights Farmers Market in Cleveland on Saturday mornings.

Kevin and Sarah Swope pose with their granddaughter Lydia by the farm’s cut flower field.

“We started by going and just selling meat, but that doesn’t make a very attractive market stand,” Sarah said. “So I would always take a little bouquet of flowers that I had growing, and if I had any extra peppers or tomatoes, I’d put them out.… Continue reading

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Ohio dairy farmers recognized with FARM awards

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program announced the winners of the second annual FARM Excellence Awards. 

Through these awards, the FARM Program recognized three farms and one evaluator who go above and beyond industry standards through their commitment to innovation and continuous improvement. The 2022 FARM Excellence Award recipients are:  

  • Animal Care & Antibiotic Stewardship — MVP Dairy, LLC (Danone North America)
  • Environmental Stewardship — Kibler Dairy Farms, Inc. (Dairy Farmers of America)
  • Workforce Development — Double A Dairy, LLC (Glanbia Nutritionals)
  • Evaluator of the Year — Ruth McCuin (Agri-Mark, Inc.)

 “The 2022 FARM Excellence Awards winners are a truly special group that embraced FARM Program principles and have raised the bar for what is possible in our industry,” said Emily Yeiser Stepp, Vice President of the FARM Program. “They’re great models for on-farm social responsibility.”

Winners were announced Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the National Dairy Board, the National Milk Producers Federation and the United Dairy Industry Association in Aurora, Col.… Continue reading

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Nuts about walnuts

By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dietician

World Dairy Expo, from the mouth of Farmer Paul is “the world series, the super bowl or the Daytona 500 of the cow world.” The only place in the world where the big question starting the week is “What color are the arena shaving?” 

Nowhere else can you eat ice cream every day, fill your bag with cow tail candy at the trade show, stand in some giant wooden shoes, and party it up every night with “cowboys and cowgirls.” It was time to return to this shindig since it had been over 25 years since my last tagalong to Madison, Wis., home of the World Dairy Expo and my recent adventures. The weather was spectacular with warm balmy Wisconsin temperatures and a kaleidoscope of the changing seasons. Three other cow wives and I decided to escape the world of moos for a day and travel Madison by E-Bike.… Continue reading

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Winter Fix program

Apple Farm Service is excited to announce their continuation of the Winter Fix program. This program offers area customers an opportunity to get ahead on their equipment maintenance with discounts from the dealership.

“The Winter Fix is a way we can say thank you to our customers,” said Tom Myers, Corporate Service Manager. “You want your equipment to be ready for the next season, and we want to make your next season as worry free as possible. Having annual repairs and inspections is the best way to accomplish this.”

To say thank you for scheduling ahead, Apple Farm Service is offering a few discounts to those who call in before December 31st of this year. They are offering free pick up and delivery of equipment for the first thirty miles. They are also offering 10% off any parts that need to be installed.

“We get busy during the planting, mowing, and harvest seasons, just like you do,” said Kent Holmes, marketing manager.… Continue reading

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Fall Herbicide Applications in Dry Conditions

By Alyssa Essman, Visiting Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Adapted from C.O.R.N. 2022-39

Dry conditions this fall have led to timely harvest progress in much of the state. As folks start to wrap up, the window for follow up field activities like fall herbicide applications may be longer than in years past. Recent C.O.R.N. articles have covered the benefits of fall herbicide applications: Our Annual Article to Nag about Fall Herbicides and Cressleaf GroundselAVOID A NIGHTMARE NEXT SPRING!!!!!!!!Another Article about Fall Herbicides?!. In the 2022 driving survey of late-season weed escapes in soybean, marestail was the second most common species encountered. Fall applications are an essential part of managing marestail and other overwintering species.

The dry pattern this fall may have reduced winter annual weed emergence, and we don’t appear to be headed into an overly wet pattern. It’s possible that weed populations are low and may not merit a fall application, although there are always more weeds out there than we think.… Continue reading

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Handling storage of mycotoxin infested grain

By Luke Schulte, CCA, Beck’s field agronomist

Unfortunately, many farmers observed ear molds throughout harvest, leading to some level of mycotoxins in the grain. While the abnormally dry weather this fall has helped minimize the severity of these toxins, many fields still had some level of ear mold and toxins present that now resides in farm storage bins. The management of that stored grain can potentially significantly impact the mycotoxin level and potential discount fees associated with that grain as it is hauled out.

For farmers who observed ear molds at harvest but store 100% of their crop, the presence of mycotoxins may not be known yet. I’d encourage those in this situation to take the time now to get a representative grain sample to better understand the potential for toxins and the required management that may be beneficial in the coming months.

Since most of the mycotoxins reside in the fines and bees’ wings, minimizing these components within storage is critical.… Continue reading

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A year of many agronomic challenges

By Mitch Greve, AgriGold  

Many producers in Ohio experienced a unique set of challenges in 2022 including: delayed planting, poor emergence, drought and water stress, disease, stalk rots, and ear molds to name a few. It is important for every grower to reflect on factors impacting their crop. These issues that hindered top end performance this year can be used for learning lessons for future growing seasons.

Mitch Greve, AgriGold

Planting for success starts with good, uniform soil moisture and temperature, seed-to-soil contact, and accurate delivery of seed from the planter to the soil. Most growers across the state did not have all three critical components. Weather was less than favorable in the early going resulting in later planting dates. Later planting dates, such as June planted corn, have a decreased window to capture sunlight and create energy and thereby places more emphasis on growth as compared to maintenance of the corn crop.… Continue reading

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Springfield educator honored as GrowNextGen Teacher Leader of the Year

Shelby Guthrie knows how to make agricultural education meaningful for her students and she’s passionate about spreading innovation to other science teachers. The Global Impact STEM Academy educator has won The GrowNextGen Teacher Leader of the Year for 2022-2023. This honor reflects her enthusiastic outreach and involvement with the GrowNextGen program. “Shelby is a dynamic, zealous ambassador for agricultural science in the classroom,” said Jane Hunt, Director of Education.

The Ohio Soybean Council-supported GrowNextGen program helps teachers bring science and agriculture to life in their classroom by providing real-world educational experiences and curriculum. The Teacher Leader of the Year program highlights a standout Ohio educator who has completed the leadership program, actively supports other teachers in the state, and is a leading contributor to curriculum projects.

“Agricultural education involves more than just teaching students the basics of seed production or how to judge livestock,” Guthrie said. “It provides the opportunity for people to understand that agriculture is not just farming; it’s a sustainable way of life.… Continue reading

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A look at global meat markets

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Strategic Planning Conference attracted farmers, ranchers, processors and exporters from throughout the nation. While U.S. red meat exports will likely set a value record approaching $20 billion this year, the industry faces an array of obstacles related to the sluggish global economy, weakening currencies of key trading partners and lingering effects of the COVID pandemic. Challenges are also mounting on the production side, especially for livestock producers impacted by drought. 

Keynote speaker Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, detailed the larger-than-expected contraction of the cattle herd, which helped drive U.S. beef production and exports to record highs in 2022 but will be a significant constraint for U.S. exporters next year. The drought has also heightened production costs for cattle feeders.

“If you’re putting an animal in a feedyard anywhere in the Central Plains — let’s say Kansas or Oklahoma — your cost to put on a pound of gain is between $1.30 and $1.40,” Blach explained.… Continue reading

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Hard work and determination behind Ohio’s success at World Dairy Expo

By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag Net

It is a spectacle unique among livestock shows — the World Dairy Expo’s Parade of Champions highlights the top animals at the show. Exhibitors lead their banner-draped cattle through a dark arena, across colored shavings (gray in 2022), illuminated by a lone spotlight. The eyes of World Dairy Expo attendees and interested parties from around the globe are fixed on the focus of that spotlight.

A few Ohioans found themselves the in the world’s dairy spotlight as participants in the Parade of Champions at the 2022 World Dairy Expo held in Wisconsin Oct. 2 to Oct. 7. One of them was 14-year-old Colton Thomas from Champaign County, donning white pants, a bow tie and suspenders with his now world-famous Holstein Senior Three-Year-Old Cow, Ms. Triple-T Grateful-ET.

“I was pretty nervous going into it. My body was shaking and my cow was pretty nervous going in, but once we got going, we found the rhythm.… Continue reading

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Still grazing?

By Chris Penrose, Professor and Ag & Natural Resource Educator, Morgan County Extension

I still am but I am not sure how much longer. My goal is to make it well into December then stop feeding most of the cows hay in early March. I started to stockpile some of my fields in August and everything was going great and growing through September. I even tried a technique that has been used on the east coast to lightly graze well stockpiled fields while there is still time for regrowth. The principle behind that is to stimulate new growth on the stockpiled grass that has slowed down. I took the cattle off the field around the first of October assuming another month of growth but guess what? Grass does not grow much when you get no rain. I actually had one of the best forage growing seasons I can recall until October, so I do have plenty of hay.… Continue reading

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