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Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School application deadline April 1

The 2015 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School will be held June 21-24 in Denver, CO. Because the school will be in June, instead of July, the cut-off date for applications has been changed to April 1.

This year’s theme — Lamb Feeding & Marketing in the U.S. — will include presentations on various methods of marketing lambs, direct, electronic, ethnic differences, auctions and value-based marketing, tours of Superior Farms Denver plant, Nugget pelt grading facility, Harper Feedlot, and Double J Lamb Feeders. Other topics to be discussed include alternative grazing options, financial planning for livestock operations, and accessing USDA Market information.

With Ron Cole and his extensive background in all phases of livestock, grain and meat reporting at the local and national levels as the program coordinator, the 2015 school offers an exceptional opportunity to gain a new perspective on lamb marketing options. The school also offers the usual opportunities for networking and sharing information with a wide variety of producers from all parts of the country.… Continue reading

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Denmandale Farms wins 2014 corn silage contest

Denmandale Farms near Cortland, Ohio, was announced the winner of the 2014 Corn Silage Contest sponsored by Stoller Enterprises. Dan and Davie Denman were recognized as the winners and presented a check for $100,000 at the Commodity Classic in Phoenix this week.

“We started with an in-furrow in the crop and came back with two foliars throughout the year. The in-furrow has increased our yield and we’ll continue with that. With moisture corrected we went 39 tons per acre. When we harvested we were almost at 42,” Davie said. “Our nutrient content was right where it needed to be and the weather really cooperated during the growing season. We hardly ever see yields like that in this part of the state.”

The Denmans are milking 175 cows on their northeast Ohio farm and competed against top silage growers from the Midwest and Northeast. Contestants had to use at least four Stoller products in their silage production and work with an authorized Stoller dealer to participate.… Continue reading

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SDS research for boosting soybean yields

A team composed of a Purdue University researcher and others from several Midwest universities and Canada is studying soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS) to help farmers better protect their crop from the recurring disease.

Wise and other researchers from Iowa State University, Michigan State University, the University of Illinois and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture have been looking for answers beyond typical production practices, which include crop rotation and planting disease-resistant varieties. That hasn’t been enough to stop the disease.

“We wanted to look at how a combination of various production practices affected SDS to determine a better management strategy,” she said.

Those practices include early to late planting, use of varieties resistant to both SDS and soybean cyst nematode, and fungicide seed treatments. They also examined how weed killer glyphosate and pre-emergence herbicides affected SDS severity.

Sudden death syndrome, first reported in Arkansas in the 1970s, is now in nearly every state where soybeans are grown.… Continue reading

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Ethanol leaders meet in Phoenix

Growth Energy, representing ethanol producers and supporters, kicked off its sixth annual Executive Leadership Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jeff Broin, co-chair of Growth Energy’s Board of Directors, delivered a “Chairman’s Report” that outlined the current state of the renewable fuels industry and how this year is all about “moving ahead and moving faster” to bring clean, homegrown fuels to the American consumer. Broin noted how 2014 was a historic year for our industry, stating that producers have been selling a “clean, green, high octane, homegrown product at a huge discount.”

Broin continued by thanking retailers who have started offering E15, noting that, “We are proud to support you and stand with you to bring American Ethanol to our customers.”

He pointed out the challenge with the oil industry.

“This is more than a war simply between ethanol and oil; it’s a war between agriculture and oil,” Broin said.… Continue reading

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These national champions wear wool

Just a few weeks after the OSU football team won the national championship, 29 juniors and 26 seniors from around the nation met up in Reno, Nevada at the American Sheep Industry Convention to vie for top honors in the National Make It With Wool contest. The competition is quite intense, these

contestants are all serious sewers and needle workers. There were lovely outfits of all colors and styles, a few raised their own sheep and worked all the steps in between to create a beautiful fabric or yarn to end up in a unique garment. During the Saturday style show the outfit garnering the largest applause was the young lady who topped her outfit with the pelt of a mountain lion her grandma shot — the ultimate revenge on a predator of sheep.

Prior to arriving at the site of Nationals, the top adult entries from each state are sent off for judging.… Continue reading

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ODNR reports oil and gas activity

During the fourth quarter of 2014, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 3,558,836 barrels of oil and 164,815,008 Mcf (164 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Oil increased by more than 545,000 barrels and gas by more than 33 billion cubic feet compared to the third quarter of 2014. By comparison, 352 horizontal shale wells in the fourth quarter of 2013 produced 1,439,209 barrels of oil and 43,124,516 Mcf (43 billion cubic feet) of natural gas.

Comparing the last two years in Ohio, there has been a 200% increase in oil production and a 350% increase in gas production.

The new report lists 828 wells, 779 of which reported production, resulting in a 15 percent increase in wells for the fourth quarter. Forty-seven wells reported no production as they are waiting on pipeline infrastructure. Of the 779 wells reporting production results:

  • The average amount of oil produced was 4,568 barrels.
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OSIA elects officers and travels to ASI

During the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Annual Meeting on Dec. 6, 2014, elections were held for 2015 and new officers and members of the Board of Trustees were elected. Officers elected include Shawn Ray, President (Noble County); Mark McCabe, First Vice-President (Marion County); Mike Stitzlein, Second Vice-President (Ashland County); and Daryl Clark, Past President (Guernsey County).

OSIA Board members re-elected to serve two-year terms include: Dusty Knapke (Auglaize County); and Kathy Bielek (Wayne County). Newly elected board members include: Denise Percival (Greene County); and Bob Hendershot (Pickaway County).

Retiring OSIA Board members include: Jerry Allison (Muskingum County); and Don Van Nostran (Athens County).

In addition, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program (OSWP) Board members have been named for the 2015 program year. Four three-year re-appointments for years 2015-2017 to the Board include: Roger Hunker (Huron County), Gary Wilson (Hancock County), Lori Shroyer (Logan County) and Don Hawk (Knox County). One new 3-year appointment for years 2015-2017 to the Board is Becky Sexten (Greene County).… Continue reading

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Ohio Club Lamb Association dissolves to create the OSIA LEAD Council

As many of you already know, the Ohio Club Lamb Association has been legally dissolved. This legal dissolution was voted on and approved by the 2014 Ohio Club Lamb Association membership at the OCLA Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

After the dissolution paperwork is finalized, the Ohio Club Lamb Association will no longer exist, with those who are current and future members with an interest in the exhibition of sheep and lambs becoming members of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. We are very hopeful for a very smooth transition period and with all of your help, we can make it a successful transition period.

The current Ohio Club Lamb Association members will become members of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association with programs and activities coming under the OSIA LEAD Council, a name that was approved by the 2014 OCLA Board of Directors on Monday, October 27, 2014.

Impact on former OCLA members

The OSIA LEAD Council will be offering the same opportunities for youth as the OCLA has developed and implemented in the past several years.… Continue reading

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Farm bill deadlines coming fast

With deadlines set for enrollment in the 2014 farm bill’s crop programs in February and March, farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety-net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

These decisions are significant considering that enrollment in the farm bill’s crop programs will last through the life of the legislation, which will expire after the 2018 crop year, said Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economist with the college.

The farm bill’s crop-program enrollment process includes the following deadlines:

• Feb. 27 is the last day to update yield history or allocate base acres.

• Mar. 31 is the last day to enroll in one of the three new crop safety-net programs: the Agricultural Risk Coverage County program (ARC-CO), the Agricultural Risk Coverage Individual program (ARC-IC), or the Price Loss Coverage program (PLC).… Continue reading

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Ohio Sheep and Wool Program proposal funding approved

The Ohio Sheep and Wool Program (OSWP), Ohio’s Sheep and Wool check-off program, will invest up to $34,112 into sheep and wool promotion, education, research, industry information, producer and youth programs in fiscal year 2014-2015. OSWP received eleven Requests for Proposals for fiscal year 2014-15, with ten of these proposals approved for full or partial funding by the Board during their October board meeting.

OSWP approved programs which will benefit every segment of the Ohio sheep industry. A major lamb promotional program approved is the Ohio Lamb Jam. Major educational programs funded include the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium and Ohio Sheep Day programs and activities.

Producer related programs include funding to support a Starter Flock/Mentoring Program for purebred, club lamb, and commercial flocks within Ohio, as well as a Young Entrepreneurs Educational Program, which includes providing funding for sheep producers to attend the Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School. The youth related program dubbed the No-Sho Lamb Show has also been added to the funded programs list.… Continue reading

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Commodity Classic this week

When corn farmers from around the country gather in Phoenix this week for the 20th annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show, it’s not going to be just to enjoy much warmer weather than back on the farm – a series of important policy meetings are also taking place for members and leaders of the National Corn Growers Association.

“Commodity Classic gives us the opportunity not just to celebrate great work, meet with friends and learn about new products and services, it allows growers to get together in one place to shape policy for our organization,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA president. “This year, all eyes and ears will be focused on the importance of building profitable demand for our farmers when corn production is high and corn prices are low.”

On Wednesday, growers will meet for an issues briefing and open forum, followed by caucuses at the state level, where they will discuss proposed resolutions and organizational priorities to come before NCGA at the two Corn Congress sessions, held Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon.… Continue reading

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Matching hybrids to the right soils

We discussed some of the factors that should be considered for matching hybrids to your needs in a recent newsletter. Following are some of the additional points to be considered:

• Disease Resistance — Expect Northern and Gray Leaf Spot this year because of the tremendous amount of inoculum build-up from last year, if we have weather that favors these diseases. It is lot easier and cheaper to look for hybrids with tolerance to these pathogens than using fungicides later to control them. Late season health and stay-green power extend the grain-fill period of a hybrid.

• Insect Resistance — If you know which insects are problems in your area, there are excellent hybrids available with built-in trait resistance. However, you don’t need to invest in traits for resistance to insects that are not prevalent in your area. Save your money!

• Intended Use of the Crop — Is it for Non-GMO market, silage, food grain, Ethanol market?… Continue reading

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AFBF helps feed the hungry

The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau raised more than $1.2 million and donated a record of nearly 42 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans as part of Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” program in partnership with Feeding America. Combined, the monetary and food donations also reached a record level of the equivalent of more than 46 million meals.

Now in its 13th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program, but Farm Bureau members of all ages from across the nation contribute to the effort. In all, 23 state Farm Bureaus and the American Farm Bureau Federation heeded the call to action. The joint effort between Farm Bureau and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, is a national community action program through which farmers and ranchers can help ensure every American enjoys the bounty of food they produce.… Continue reading

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Honeybees and weed control

The answer to the problem in honeybees has not yet been found. From discussions with Reed Johnson our University bee specialist there are multiple points of concern.

One thing you can do is clean up weeds in your fields before planting. As we plant our corn in particular we essentially apply a complete layer of corn seed dust that contains the neonicotinoid insecticides to our fields. Virtually all corn seed now has an insecticide applied. Believe me, I tried last year to find some without. But it seems that corn seed is a pretty poor place to try to get the insecticide to adhere, so it falls off as it is handled. When we run air-assisted planters over the field we spread this insecticide-laden dust over the entire field. By controlling weeds, and the flowers that may attract bees, we reduce the reason for honeybees to forage and pick up the insecticide in our corn fields.… Continue reading

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N recommendations for wheat

As we have held the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training sessions this winter, I have usually been the speaker on nitrogen management. Even though we are down on wheat acres some, we have met with many who do have a crop in and are asking when and how much nitrogen to apply.

As I write this article we are snow covered and cold, but soon wheat will be greening-up across the state. Often in Ohio we have producers and applicators applying nitrogen (N) fertilizer in February and early March because it’s convenient. But while this is convenient to the grower or applicator, this may be a hazard to the environment. As we talk about phosphorus loss across all of Ohio (not just in the Lake Erie areas) we also share that nitrogen is actually the bigger problem (in tonnage).

Ohio State University recommends applying nitrogen between green-up and Feekes Growth Stage 6 (early stem elongation), which is generally the latter part of April.… Continue reading

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New dietary guideline recommendations suggest less meat

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. This report is a recommendation to the Secretaries as they develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that will be released later this year. Many ag groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Pork Board (NPB), are calling this report inconsistent, and if adopted they feel it will lead to conflicting dietary advice. In the report, the Committee has endorsed the Mediterranean style diet, which has higher red meat levels than currently consumed in the U.S. The rub comes when the committee leaves lean meat out of what they consider to be a healthy dietary pattern.

Shortly after the news of the guideline recommendations report, the National Pork Board was quick to point out its flaws, stating that meat, including pork, is a nutrient-dense food that is not over consumed on average in America. … Continue reading

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UPI to sponsor new feeder cattle sale at Beef Expo

The 2015 Ohio Beef Expo will feature a new feeder cattle internet board sale. The sale, sponsored by United Producers, Inc. (UPI) will be held Friday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Voinovich Building on the Ohio Expo Center grounds, in Columbus.

A board sale offers consignments of uniform packages of feeder cattle. The cattle are sold while on the farm with a specific pick up period defined in the sale catalog. Typical pick up times range from one week to four months after the sale. Lots are typically sold in 48,000 to 50,000 pound load lots. However, smaller groups are encouraged as well. These sales may include all types and breeds of feeder cattle. Uniform lots sold in groups that would average between 400 and 900 pound are common. Uniform groups of Holstein feeder cattle may range as low as 300 pounds.

Consignments will be accepted at any time prior to 12:00 noon Friday, March 13, 2015, and are open to Ohio and out-of-state producers.… Continue reading

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Pileup at the West Coast ports continues

U.S.-grown apples and pears rot on the docks never again to see the light of day. Bins normally piled high with U.S. produce at markets across Asia are looking scant. Storage facilities across the country are packed with tons of meat that should be on dinner plates around the world. Why? Loading docks from Seattle to San Diego — once bustling with activity — are now moving with all the speed of a DMV line thanks to prolonged contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union.

The dock workers’ contract expired in July, and although workers continue to show up, not much is getting done. Last weekend the ports were brought to a halt as shippers and port operators suspended operations for two days. The financial losses are stacking up along with the unmoved cargo. From $40 million per week in meat sales to $70 million in wasted fruit in Washington, these numbers are a mere fraction of sales and long-term market share losses that farms, ranches, lumber yards and factories are suffering.… Continue reading

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2015 Organic Farming Conference at Mt. Hope Auction

The 2015 Organic Farming Conference will be held at the Mt. Hope Auction Arena on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The one-day gathering is for individuals interested in organic farming. Presenters for the day include Perry Clutts (organic dairy farmer from Circleville), David Kline from Farming Magazine, Kip and Becky Rondy (Green Edge Gardens in Amesville), an organic farmer panel, Leon Mast (organic Indiana dairy), and George Siemon from CROPP/Organic Valley sharing what is new with organics. Beside the speakers, breakout sessions will be offering including a women’s panel about women’s farm experiences, incorporating organic row crops into livestock farming, and produce growers opportunities.

This is a day to meet and share ideas with enthusiastic organic farmers. Registration is $45 for the first person from the farm; the second person will be $30 and additional family members at $20 each. Children under 5 are free. Lunch is included in the registration cost.… Continue reading

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OABA elects board members

Appointed members of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Board of Directors recently counted ballots for the election of Directors for OABA.

The new board member(s) in each category are as follows:

Agrichemical — John Oesch, Crop Production Services

Grain — Scott Thibaut, Consolidated Grain and Barge Co.

Seed — Nathan Louiso, AgriGold

At-Large — Jean Bratton, Town & Country Co-op Inc. and Doug Busdeker, The Andersons, Inc.

Below is a full list of the 2015 OABA Board of Directors

• David Barrett – Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP

• Jill Boyd – Morral Companies, LLC

• Jean Bratton – Town & Country Co-op Inc.

• Doug Busdeker – The Andersons, Inc.

• Larry Craft – Schlessman Seed Company

• Greg Garman – Garman Feed & Supply Inc.

• Tim Hockman – Farmers Elevator Grain and Supply Association

• Brad Johnson – Kalmbach Feeds

• Nathan Louiso – AgriGold

• John Oesch – Crop Production Services

• Jackie Seibert – United Equity, Inc.… Continue reading

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