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2013 Ohio Soybean Yield and Quality Contest Winners Announced

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Ohio Soybean Yield and Quality Contest. This is the fourth year for the statewide contest with a total of 98 applicants.

There were four different yield categories available and the quality portion of the contest was based on highest percentages of oil and protein.

“On behalf of OSA, I’m happy to congratulate the winners of the 2013 Ohio Soybean Yield and Quality Contest,” said Jerry Bambauer, OSA president and Auglaize County soybean farmer. “There were some very impressive yield numbers and great quality results this year. This contest serves as a testament to the consistent and high quality supply of soybeans Ohio soybean farmers grow.”

The 2013 Overall State Yield Champion was Hickory Dell Farm in Cedarville, Ohio. Hickory Dell Farm recorded a yield of 80.98 bushels/acre with the Croplan R2C 3290 variety.

The complete list of yield and quality winners is below:


Yield results


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Stopping OSHA “dead in their tracks”

If you have any grain bins on your farming operation and have 10 or less employees you might be on the radar of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Former USDA Secretary and current U.S. Senator Mike Johanns from Nebraska says OSHA has a new classification for the farm under the Obama Administration and is cracking down on one Nebraska producer.

“OHSA goes out there and says to the farm that their grain bin operation doesn’t comply,” Johanns said. “The amount of the fine was $132,000 if you can imagine that and we are going to do everything we can to stop OHSA dead in their tracks on this.”Continue reading

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Kerrick Wilson named Beck’s Young Farm Leader of the Year

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Beck’s Hybrids are proud to announce that Kerrick Wilson of Preble County was named Beck’s Young Farm Leader of the Year.

The Beck’s Young Farm Leader Program was established to highlight young Ohio farmers who have taken leadership roles in their communities while developing a foundation for farming success.

“OSA is proud to have Kerrick representing the Beck’s Young Farm Leader Program,” said Jerry Bambauer, OSA president and soybean farmer from Auglaize County. “He showcases commitment and perseverance through his involvement with the agriculture community and wants to be a part of solving issues facing Ohio soybean farmers.”

Each Beck’s Young Farm Leader was chosen quarterly by a selection committee consisting of OSA and Beck’s Hybrids representatives with one farmer selected as the Beck’s Young Farm Leader of the Year. The 2013 Beck’s Young Farm Leaders included: Jeff Adams of Champaign County, Nathan Brown of Highland County and Kerrick Wilson.… Continue reading

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Evaluating winter milk feeding program for calves

The first official day of winter is December 21, although winter weather has already arrived. Now is a great time to reviewed winter milk feeding protocols.

“When the temperature drops below 55 degrees F, calves will require extra energy for maintenance,” said Tamilee Nennich, Purdue extension dairy specialist. “The lower the temperature falls the more energy will be needed by calves just to maintain themselves and to stay warm.”

For example, at about 20 degrees F, young calves will need about 1.5 times as much energy for maintenance. At -20 degrees F, calves will need twice as much energy for maintenance compared to when it is above 60 degrees F, Nennich says.

Because of this increased demand for energy, it’s important to feed calves additional energy to maintain growth rates during cold weather. Here are some feeding strategies for increasing the amount of energy fed to calves:

  • Feed more overall volume of milk or milk replacer.
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Wounded Warrior Project benefits from ag charity

In the spirit of the holiday season and the company’s pay-it-forward attitude, Blue Stone Solutions, Ltd. a leader in agronomic and specialty crop fertilizer, has found a unique way to give back on behalf of the agricultural communities it serves.

Blue Stone Solutions Ltd. recently held its annual customer appreciation event to celebrate its 10th year in business. More than 100 customers attended and had the opportunity to participate in a raffle benefiting a charitable cause. Each customer was given 10 tickets to distribute however they chose among different raffle prizes. For each ticket that was entered into the grand prize raffle, a handmade American flag quilt, Blue Stone Solutions Ltd. donated $10 to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

“We’re proud to have donated a total of $1,500 to the Wounded Warrior Project from the fundraiser we held at our customer appreciation day,” said Ed Cross, owner of Blue Stone Solutions Ltd.… Continue reading

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Online grain marketing conferences

Growers who want to experience grain marketing using real-world strategies without any of the real-world risks can take advantage of a series of online courses taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The courses, to be offered Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and March 4, will offer participants the ability to experience simulations using options commonly used in grain marketing without the risk of actually taking a position on real bushels, said Chris Bruynis, an Ohio State University Extension educator.

Participants will learn how to use futures and options, make a marketing plan to fit their farm business, use crop insurance as a grain marketing tool and understand financial statement analysis in relationship to their grain marketing plan, Bruynis said.

“The series of online courses enables farmers to log in from home,” he said. “This will allow more people access to the courses as well as target younger farmers who are looking for this kind of educational opportunity.… Continue reading

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OFBF Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team leaders announced

Latham and Katie Farley of Clayton were recently elected chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team.

The team develops and directs programming, activities and contests for OFBF’s program for young adults who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.

Also elected to leadership positions for the coming year were Aaron and Sarah Heilers from Anna as co-chairs, Jennifer and Nathan Brown of Hillsboro as secretaries and Katie Farley and Brad Heimerl of Johnstown as the social media co-chairs.

Other team members are Andrew and Danielle Burch of Salem, Ron Burns of Milford Center, Greg and Janet McGlinch of Versailles and Duayne and Monica Wetherell of Mingo Junction.

Latham Farley manages the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office for Shelby County and helps his father-in-law farm. Katie works as a graphic designer. Latham earned a degree in biology from Mississippi State University and Katie graduated from Miami University with a degree in graphic design.… Continue reading

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Panamanian government removes restrictions on U.S. corn imports

Timely action by the U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has averted a patently protectionist seasonal market closure in Panama, keeping this important market open for U.S. corn exports.

In September, the Panamanian government published regulations governing quota administration for U.S. corn imports under the Panama — U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Unfortunately the Panamanian government decided to exploit a loophole in the FTA and closed the imports of corn for three and a half months (January through April 15, 2014) in a move that was counter to the spirit of the agreement. This time period coincides with the harvest of the local corn crop and was an obvious effort to subvert the FTA in order to protect local corn producers and force the Panamanian feed industry to buy local corn.

The Council alerted the USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office of this move and outlined how this action restricted and was burdensome to trade between Panama and the United States.… Continue reading

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Ag Credit opens new Tiffin office

Ag Credit/Country Mortgages, an agriculture lending cooperative serving farmers and rural residents and agribusinesses in Northern Ohio has moved their Tiffin branch to 2500 West Market Street.

“Our former office served our cooperative well since the 1970’s but we simply outgrew it,” said Neil Jordan, CEO. “From approximately $15 million of volume in the early 1980’s, our Tiffin team now manages over $105 million of farm loan, lease and home loan volume, so we simply needed more space.”

The cooperative purchased the 5,000 square foot building in Sept. 2012 and officially opened on Dec. 2 after extensive renovation. Technicon Design Group, of Ottawa designed the new office space and Clouse Construction was the lead contractor.

“We are very pleased with the location, the building and its construction,” Jordan said. “The people at Clouse Construction are real professionals, timely and true craftsmen. We couldn’t ask for better people to work with.”

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House Extends farm bill

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by voice vote, a one-month extension until Jan. 31 of the Farm Bill in order to give the conferees time to work through remaining differences and prepare the legislative language for final passage when Congress returns the first of January. Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.) reported that the conferees have a basic framework for both the commodity title and the nutrition title. Staff is expected to work over the Christmas break to finalize and flesh out the framework.

The four top Farm Bill negotiators hope to agree soon on a framework for the new law so it can be passed when Congress returns to work in the New Year.

Congress is more than a year late in replacing the 2008 farm law, which expired in fall 2012 but was extended until Sept. 30.… Continue reading

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Farm-to-Fleet to boost biofuel use in the military

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy’s joint “Farm-to-Fleet” venture will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military. The announcement incorporates the acquisition of biofuel blends into regular Department of Defense (DOD) domestic solicitations for jet engine and marine diesel fuels. The Navy will seek to purchase JP-5 and F-76 advanced drop-in biofuels blended from 10 to 50% with conventional fuels. Funds from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will assist the effort.

“The Navy’s intensifying efforts to use advanced, homegrown fuels to power our military benefits both America’s national security and our rural communities,” Vilsack said. “Not only will production of these fuels create jobs in rural America, they’re cost effective for our military, which is the biggest consumer of petroleum in the nation. America’s Navy shouldn’t have to depend on oil supplies from foreign nations to ensure our national defense, and rural America stands ready to provide clean, homegrown energy that increases our military’s energy independence and puts Americans to work.”… Continue reading

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Farmland Preservation Summit Feb. 5

Farmers, landowners, planners, local officials, land trust leaders, economic development professionals and anyone interested in preserving farmland in Ohio can take part in an annual farmland preservation summit Feb. 5 designed to gather local and national experts on the subject to promote methods to support this valuable natural resource, organizers said.

The 14th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit is designed to help interested parties learn various techniques, tools and methods to preserve farmland, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator and Sustainable Agriculture coordinator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

During past farmland summits, experts have presented tools on legal ways for people to preserve farmland, he said. But this year, the summit will offer more information geared toward farmers and how they can preserve farmland, he said.

“The goal is to offer a more holistic approach, looking at the bigger issues in farmland preservation, including offering a program track for specifically for farmers,” Hogan said.… Continue reading

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Metaldehyde on field crops


The EPA has just established tolerances for the first time for metaldehyde for corn and soybean which will mean that molluscicides for slug control containing this product, such as Deadline MPs, should be available in the future for both corn and soybean in Ohio. The re‑registration of metaldehyde approved earlier this year did not have those two crops on the label, and field crop growers were faced with the removal of metaldehyde products from their tool box.


In reality, metaldehyde never had tolerances for those two crops. However, through work of the IR-4 program, a program that helps get products labeled for minor uses or in this case, minor uses on major crops, EPA has established tolerances for metaldehyde on corn and soybean. We will keep growers informed when we see new product labels that should list both crops.

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What is Enogen corn?

I’ve received several questions recently concerning “Enogen corn.” This is a special type of corn developed by Syngenta for ethanol production. It contains a transgene from a bacteria that produces alpha amylase, an enzyme that breaks down corn starch into sugar. Presently alpha amylase enzyme is added to corn in a liquid form during the ethanol production process.

Corn hybrids with the Enogen trait technology (i.e. Enogen corn) express alpha amylase enzyme directly in the corn kernel, eliminating the need for liquid alpha amylase in dry grind ethanol production. Various trade publications indicate that only 10% to 20% of an ethanol plant’s total corn supply would need to be Enogen grain to produce the alpha amylase required for breaking down corn starch to sugar.

According to Syngenta, use of the Enogen grain saves the cost of adding liquid enzymes, and facilitates the processing of higher dry solids levels, increasing yield and throughput ( reading

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2013 Ohio Agriculture Women Award winners announced

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced four 2013 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Award winners at a reception at the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Gardens.

“These compelling Ohio women have spent their lives working to strengthen and advance the state’s largest industry,” said Mrs. Kasich. “I am so pleased to honor their incredible accomplishments and help share their stories.”


Joanne Kick-Raack (Pataskala)

Kick-Raack has more than 35 years in the agriculture industry. In her capacity as the state director for the Pesticide Safety Education Program at The Ohio State University Extension, she built a community of cooperation and participation for the education needs of the 30,000 licensed pesticides applicators in Ohio. She was also instrumental in creating the certification process and implementation for the Ohio Certified Crop Advisor program.


Lisa Schacht (Canal Winchester)

Schacht and her husband, David, manage their family farm, the Schacht Farm Market located in Canal Winchester.… Continue reading

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Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act gaining support in agriculture

The National Turkey Federation and National Chicken Council, with a coalition of poultry and livestock groups, announced their support for the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act” which was introduced by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Kay Hagan (D-NC). In a coalition letter urging each member of the U.S. Senate to commit support as cosponsors, the bipartisan legislation was hailed as a simple, effective solution to the problems caused by corn diverted to ethanol, driving up feed costs and consumer prices for meat.

“We commend Senators Feinstein, Coburn and Hagan for legislation that goes directly at the heart of the problem now acknowledged with the Renewable Fuels Standard,” said National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger. “Corn is a major part of poultry production costs. Government’s forced competition between corn for ethanol and corn for animal feed occurs without regard for when there is a bad harvest. The resulting volatility in corn prices hits hard, but then recedes slowly.… Continue reading

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Low corn prices boost potential for increased ethanol demand

Low corn prices on the heels of near-record yields this year could mean increased demand from ethanol producers, export markets and biofuels consumers, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.

A proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the amount of biofuels that oil companies must blend into gasoline and diesel from 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion gallons in 2014 — including an implied reduction of corn ethanol from 14.4 billion gallons to near 13 billion gallons — initially appeared negative for corn markets.

But according to Hurt, even with the proposed reduction in the Renewable Fuel Standard, national corn use for ethanol might not drop below the 4.9 billion bushels that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated.

“Now that three months of the marketing year have passed, there is growing evidence that corn usage for ethanol can reach, and even exceed, 4.9 billion bushels,” he said.… Continue reading

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Maize Genetics and Genomics Database looks to add proteomics data


As the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database (MGGDB) project moves forward, Jack Gardiner explained how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service-supported database in Ames, Iowa, has been recruiting its first proteomics data set. While this is an ongoing effort, it should reach completion over the next few months. This data comes from a recently published paper in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences by a group of maize researchers at the University of California San Diego.

Gardiner begins with an explanation of what proteomics actually are.

“Scientists now know that the maize genome encodes about 40,000 genes that are the instructions for making proteins,” Gardiner said. “These proteins do the actual work of the cell; they are what actually make the corn plant grow and develop. Scientists refer to these approximately 40,000 proteins as the maize proteome.”

While it may seem logical that knowing the actual DNA sequence of maize would allow scientists to predict these proteins, he noted that is not the case.… Continue reading

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OEFFA Conference this February

Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground. Pre-conference events will be held on Friday, February 14 and the conference will take place Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Granville Middle and High schools in Granville in Licking County.

As the state’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, more than 1,200 attendees from across Ohio and the U.S will come together to enjoy keynote sessions with Kathleen Merrigan and Atina Diffley; more than 100 educational workshops; two in-depth pre-conference events; a trade show; locally-sourced and organic homemade meals, and more.

“As our 35th annual conference, we’ll be affirming our roots by continuing our focus on the local and organic food movement, while breaking new ground to help farmers scale up to meet growing demand,” said Renee Hunt, OEFFA Program Director.

Atina Diffley will provide Saturday’s keynote address, “Farmers as role models and leaders: Protecting nature and creating social change.”… Continue reading

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County fair schedule announced for 2014

Ohioans can start planning visits to all of their favorite fairs across the state. The Ohio Department of Agriculture released the official dates for the 2014 fair season, which includes Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair.

The Paulding County Fair will kick off the 2014 fair season on June 9, and the season will wrap up on Oct. 11 with the Fairfield County Fair. For a complete schedule, visit the department’s website, click on “Divisions” and then click on “Communications Office.”

In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of fair amusement rides, monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition and coordinating animal health efforts with local veterinarians.… Continue reading

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