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Feeding Farmers in the Field finds impressive growth at Creek Bottom Farms

For the fourth and final week of the fall 2023 edition of Feeding Farmers in the Field, Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg visits with Matt Treglia of Creek Bottom Farms outside of Ada. The multi-county farm has seen impressive growth since two friends, Matt Treglia and Chad Grant, established the operation in 1999. It now includes 6,000 acres in Allen, Hardin, and Hancock Counties where it employs six people.

Along with a broadcast from their operation, they won a free lunch at the farm and an assortment of other prizes thanks to 92.1 The Frog, as well as A.G. Boogher and Son, RRR Tire, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, North Star Hardware & Implement Co., Farm Credit Mid-America, VTF-Sunrise, Homan Inc., and Golden Harvest.… Continue reading

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A look at 2023 soybean diseases

With Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off and Horatio Lopez-Nicora, Ohio State University plant pathologist

Dusty: Through the growing season and this fall you have been in the lab looking at samples submitted with different soybean diseases. How did the 2023 season start out and progress from a disease standpoint?

Horacio: It was a pretty strange season. We started with very cool soils for those who planted at the end of April. Then we transitioned to that dry period, but it was a very strange drought. It was dry in the very top layer during that drought and we experienced very high evapotranspiration, but the soil underneath that dry layer was still moist. Seeds were germinating and growing a root, but taking a lot of time to emerge. We saw the roots growing out of any seed treatment effect, making those plants more vulnerable to a myriad of pathogens that we normally have in our field.… Continue reading

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SCN Detection and Host Crops

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

Soybean Growers in Ohio are encouraged to pull soil samples to submit for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) analysis this fall. Soybean Cyst Nematode is the number one yield robber of soybeans in North America with yield losses of up to 30% possible.  Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Plant Pathologist and Nematologist at The Ohio State University said that their lab is processing up to two samples free of charge for every Ohio farm with support from the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off.  When the samples are received, they will be processed to see if a SCN is present, and also the number of eggs to understand the level of infestation.

It is important to know not just if SCN is present, but also the level and type. “One thing that we are really promoting is to know your numbers of SCN,” said Lopez-Nicora.… Continue reading

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The farm bill protects everyone

By Glenn Brunkow, farmer and rancher and Farm Bureau leader in Kansas

This has been a tough year, there is no way around it. Rain did not come at the right times and our crops reflect that. When you couple that with declining crop prices, rising interest rates and the increasing cost of inputs, things sure are tough on the farm. Without crop insurance, this year would have been disastrous. For many of us the same could have been said for several of the past years. Crop insurance is truly our safety net in agriculture.

That is why protecting crop insurance and other risk management tools is so important in the upcoming farm bill. Agriculture and food security are paramount to the future of our nation. A hungry nation is not a secure nation, and American farmers and ranchers have done their part in providing food security. Crop insurance is vital to the future of agriculture in the United States as it provides a bridge over troubled waters for ag producers.… Continue reading

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Hear Ohio Ag Net on WTTF AM/FM

We continue our series highlighting the outstanding Ohio Ag Net radio affiliates carrying the best in Ohio ag news.

We say thank you to WTTF AM/FM serving Seneca and surrounding counties. Tune in to 93.3 FM and 1600 AM to hear the Ohio Ag Net Monday-Friday at 6:50 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:20 and 3:35.

The best in Ohio ag news is easy to find! If your current station doesn’t feature the voice of Ohio Ag—turn the dial! Click here to view the complete affiliate listing, including air times.Continue reading

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Louis Dreyfus announces $500 million soy plant coming to Upper Sandusky

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik, and JobsOhio president and CEO J.P. Nauseef announced Friday that a new soybean processing plant in Upper Sandusky will bring more than 100 new jobs to Ohio.

Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, will invest approximately $500 million to construct the new plant in Wyandot County, bolstering the region’s economic growth in the critical food and agriculture sector.

“Soybeans are Ohio’s top exported agriculture product, so we are very excited to welcome LDC to Upper Sandusky,” said Governor DeWine. “This new facility will not only bring in new jobs, but it will also lead to new avenues for growth and innovation in Ohio’s agricultural sector.” 

There are approximately 26,000 soybean farmers in Ohio, and the annual economic impact from soybean production in Ohio is $5.3 billion. LDC’s state-of-the-art soybean processing plant will have integrated crushing, edible oil refining, and lecithin production and packaging capabilities.  

“LDC choosing Upper Sandusky for its expansion grows our robust agricultural industry and adds to the list of innovative companies choosing Ohio because of our talented workforce and dedication to business growth,” said Ohio Lt.… Continue reading

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Tomato Harvest Cab Cam with Kurtz Farms

A unique episode for the next installment of 2023 Cab Cam series as Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg visits with Jason Kurtz of Kurtz Farms in Henry County. Kurtz gives an update on the exceptional year it has been for tomatoes, the growing and harvest process unique to the vegetable, and the changing market dynamics in Ohio.

The 2023 Cab Cam series is brought to you by Precision Agri Services Inc. More information at www.precisionagriservices.com.Continue reading

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Watching the weather domestically and abroad

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

While I do appreciate a lot of things about our church, I must give a high rating to the “casual dress code.” After many years of coat and tie Sundays, I find this to be very fine! So last Sunday with 40-degree temperatures, when Cindy suggested I wear a nice pair of jeans, I countered with, “I’m wearing my shorts.” I did agree to a long-sleeved t-shirt. Seasons and trends do come and go, but aren’t we blessed to have options and the freedom to do what has worked best for us — at home and in the fields!

Great harvest weather for Ohio with limited rainfall the first half of October enabled soybean harvest to progress rapidly. While yield reports vary widely across the state, many in central and southern Ohio reported soybean yields of high 50s to low 70s bushels per acre. The common thread for many producers was: how were yields so high with limited summer rainfall especially in August?… Continue reading

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Hometown Harvest Day honors Brandt

The first Annual Hometown Harvest Day to be held Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bloom-Carroll Land Lab behind the Bloom-Carroll Elementary.

The event will showcase Fairfield County in honor of the late David Brandt of Carroll, Ohio. Brandt, a farmer in the local community, was nationally recognized for his use of soil conservation methods in agriculture. He also was a long-time supporter of our Bloom-Carroll, specifically the agriculture program where he donated equipment, expertise and time for students to gain real world farming experiences.

The Hometown Harvest Day is a family-oriented event with multiple interactive stations where all ages can learn about the latest agriculture techniques while having fun. Families will visit stations and end up in the Bloom-Carroll FFA’s pumpkin patch, where children can pick out their own pumpkin to take home for free. Refreshments from Fairfield County agriculture will be available free of charge as well.… Continue reading

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Growing Soybeans, Raising Livestock, and the Importance of Teamwork

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

Since 1975, Ohio Soybean Association Vice President Rusty Goebel has been growing crops and raising livestock. The Goebel’s farm in the four northwest corner counties of the state including Williams, Fulton, Defiance and Henry. “I started farming when I graduated in 1975,” said Goebel. “My wife Sue and I got married in 1985 and now our son Lucas is involved in the farming operation. We feed hogs and have one wean to finish barn and two regular finish barns that we feed out 11,000 head of hogs per year. We also feed out cattle. My dad and I have fed cattle back in the 70’s and now we also start bottle calves and finish them out. We’ve always had cattle around.”

The Goebel’s grow corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. “We have some fairly heavy clay soils.… Continue reading

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Ag groups express opposition to Spartz anti-checkoff amendment

In late September, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down Rep. Victoria Spartz’s (R-IN) amendment to the Fiscal Year 2024 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a vote of 49 to 377. The amendment targeted commodity checkoff programs and was vehemently opposed by many agricultural organizations.

Leading up to the House vote, a letter was sent to Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and 129 leading state and national livestock, crop, and forestry organizations opposing the legislation. The Spartz amendment to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act attacks commodity checkoff programs, which are industry-led organizations that exist to promote agricultural products and support America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers.

“As a cattle producer, I am proud to pay into the Beef Checkoff because I know my $1 is doing more for our entire industry than I could do on my own,” said Todd Wilkinson, NCBA president and South Dakota cattle producer.… Continue reading

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Cooperative model holding strong in 2023

By Matt Reese and Dale Minyo

In October, cooperatives around the country commemorated National Cooperative Month and celebrated this year’s theme: “Owning our identity.”

In the current challenging times with inflation and various supply chain issues, cooperatives — guided by a set of shared principles and values — are as relevant and successful as ever. The United States has more than 30,000 cooperatives accounting for more than 2 million jobs and $700 billion in annual revenue. Of those, 1,670 agricultural co-ops generate $300 billion in revenue for American farmers from nearly 10,000 locations.

“Cooperatives have been around for a long time. It’s thriving obviously in ag finance where we’re at, but rural utilities and other areas cooperatives serve still play a vital role in rural communities,” said Evan Hahn, Regional Vice President of Agricultural Lending Farm Credit Mid-America (FMCA). “It sure seems like agriculture and rural areas are where cooperatives have really thrived and are the most prevalent today.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau opposes Issue 2

Ohio Farm Bureau is opposed to Issue 2, which would authorize and regulate the cultivation, processing, sale, purchase, possession, home grow, and use of recreational marijuana by adults over the age of 21.

This decision, made by the Ohio Farm Bureau Board of Trustees, falls directly in line with the policies created through a grassroots process for Ohio’s largest farm organization.

“Maintaining a healthy, strong and vibrant workforce is a top priority for Ohio Farm Bureau as our members grow food, fiber and fuel for the world and contribute billions of dollars to our state’s economy,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “The passage of Issue 2 would jeopardize not only the safety of farm and food workers, but the ability to keep employees on the payroll and fill the thousands of positions still needed to keep Ohio’s No. 1 industry moving in the right direction.”

The concerns for Ohio’s workforce due to the influence of recreational marijuana includes increased absenteeism, as well as a decrease in productivity and a negative impact on workplace safety.… Continue reading

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Hay testing is worth every penny

By Christine Gelley, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Noble County Ohio State University Extension

As hay making season ends and hay feeding season approaches, it is time to remind everyone that feeds hay how important getting a hay test completed is for deciding how to feed your livestock this winter. A hay test will cost you far less than the cost of a single round bale. The results you get back will give you the information you need to decide what type of feed and how much you will need to purchase to keep your animals productive until good pasture is available to graze again.

If you have never done a hay test before, Extension is here to help you. We have tools you can borrow and personnel to help with consultation. Here are the steps of how to take a hay test.

  1. Subsamples can be collected with a Hay Probe and a clean bucket or with your hands and large scissors.
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Autumn auctions aplenty

By Matt Reese

A new Ohio law took effect in 2022 to protect farmers from late lease terminations after resources have already been invested into the next year’s crop. According to the new law, if an existing farm lease does not include a termination date or method, landowners are required to provide termination notice to the tenant by Sept. 1. While considered positive for Ohio agriculture, the measure does have implications for the timing of farmland auctions.

Devin Dye

Lima-based Dye Real Estate and Land Co. has a very busy late 2023 schedule with farm auctions, in part due to the new lease law.

“We have five auctions coming up between now and Thanksgiving. We’re going to be all over northwest Ohio and west central Ohio in Defiance County, Auglaize County, Hardin County, Putnam County, and Henry County and we’re having conversations with some more families about other auctions that we may add.… Continue reading

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Setting the stage for trade

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA

This summer was busy with the efforts of Ohioans in the state and around the world to cultivate relationships and build markets for domestic crop production.

Columbian wheat trade

“Will you continue to grow wheat in Ohio?” That was one of the questions asked by a trade team from Colombia that traveled to Ohio as part of a U.S. Wheat Associates trip in conjunction with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. Members of the trade group represented buyers that purchase 80% of the wheat imported into Colombia. They visited Northwest Ohio in August to see first-hand the quality of this year’s wheat crop and interact with different sectors of Ohio’s wheat industry. The group had the opportunity to tour the Anderson’s in Maumee, Mennel Milling in Fostoria, and Drewes Farms in Custar.

William Morales was one of the members of the Colombian group.… Continue reading

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New Soybean Lines Likely to Inherit Drought Tolerance

By Laura Temple, Soybean Research Information Network

New parents study pictures to determine if the baby inherited Mom’s eyes, Dad’s chin or Grandpa’s ears. Crop physiologists like Avat Shekoofa, associate professor of plant sciences for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, rely on different technology to determine what traits get passed on to new soybean lines.

Shekoofa has been studying soybean varieties to identify characteristics that help them better tolerate drought conditions. Based on her previous research, University of Tennessee soybean breeders crossed proven drought-tolerant soybean cultivars with each other to see how those characteristics get passed on. The Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board continues to fund this research.

“The team crossed one of our public cultivars, Ellis, with other drought tolerant lines,” she explains. “We are testing the first generation of the crossed soybean lines for drought-tolerant characteristics and seeing a great response. So far, we’ve started studying 30 lines, and a little over 60% have carried drought-tolerant traits from the parent lines.”… Continue reading

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