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U.S. ag is paying the price for stalled trade agreements

Following the contentious debt-ceiling vote, the U.S. Congress left town for its August recess without finalizing action on stalled free trade agreements (FTA) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, but Floyd Gaibler, U.S. Grains Council director of trade policy, is hopeful all three will be approved some time in September.

“A delayed vote would be unfortunate, since it would further delay getting these FTAs in place,” said Gaibler, noting that FTAs with competitors are moving forward. South Korea’s FTA with the European Union went into effect July 1 and Colombia’s FTA with Canada will take effect Aug. 15.

“The lack of these agreements diminishes our ability to be competitive and threatens further erosion in our corn exports to Colombia,” he said.

As the political and economic pressure to create more jobs becomes more apparent, he believes Congress and the President will come to an agreement on a trade jobs program that has held up the FTA votes, especially since the pacts have clear bipartisan support.… Continue reading

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Lamb Jam at Ohio State Fair


While many Ohio State Fairgoers prepare their taste buds for corn dogs, elephant ears and other traditional fair fare, visitors have something new to try this year. Delicious, American raised lamb prepared by some of the top chefs in Ohio will be the feature of the first Ohio Lamb Jam competition on Aug. 5. Fairgoers can stop by for free samples of delicious lamb and some great recipes for preparing lamb and a chance to see the chefs in action.
We are seeing strong demand as more people are re-discovering the delicious and diverse qualities of cooking with lamb,” said Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. “Whether ordering at a restaurant or preparing a recipe at home, more consumers are choosing lamb.”
The Lamb Jam with start at 11:30 near the west side of the Brown Sheep Building. Celebrity judges will evaluate the lamb dishes prepared by the chefs.… Continue reading

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Upcoming events focus on soil ecology

Ohio State University Extension, in conjunction with the Natural Resource Conversation Service and the Ohio No-till Council, has developed ECO Farming, a tillage system for farmers to consider at upcoming field days.

ECO Farming is a new concept and way of farming in the 21st century.

“ECO Farming stands for Eternal no-till, Continuous living cover, and Other best management practices,” said Jim Hoorman, assistant professor with OSU Extension. “In other words, absolutely trying to eliminate tillage as much as possible.”

Hoorman, along with Ray Archuleta of NRCS’ East National Technology Service Center, Ohio No-till Council President Dave Brandt, and Mark Scarpiti, Ohio NRCS agronomist collaboratively defined and promoted the ECO Farming concept.

“Continuous living cover means that farmers try to keep a living crop on the soil 100% of the time,” Archuleta said. “The goal is to protect the soil from soil erosion, increase water infiltration, and decrease nutrient runoff.”

Examples include grain crops followed by cover crops, pasture or hay systems, or perennial plants.… Continue reading

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Kinze Manufacturing unveils first autonomous row crop technology

 

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. unveiled an innovative solution to increase productivity on the farm — the Kinze Autonomy Project. The technology, which is the first of its kind in row crop production worldwide, utilizes autonomous agricultural equipment to complete many tasks on the farm with minimal direct human input.

“We’re excited to introduce the first truly autonomous row crop solution in the world on this scale,” said Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, vice president and chief marketing officer at Kinze. “This technology could be used to do a variety of tasks, including planting, nourishing, maintaining and harvesting crops.”

As a project more than two years in the making, Kinze performed extensive obstacle detection testing to ensure the accuracy and safety of the autonomous equipment. Beginning in a laboratory environment and then in the field, Kinze engineers simulated real-world scenarios to ensure the equipment would detect objects often encountered in the field, such as fence posts, stand pipes, farm animals and other vehicles.… Continue reading

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Syngenta receives Japanese and Mexican import approvals for corn trait stack

Syngenta in North America announced that it has received import approval from Japanese and Mexican regulatory authorities for the Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack, which offers corn growers dual modes of action against a broad-spectrum of above-ground (lepidopteran) insects including corn borer and a 5% refuge in the Corn Belt region of the United States. These regulatory approvals allow the importation of U.S. corn grown with the Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack for food or feed use within Japan and Mexico.

“Japanese and Mexican import approvals provide U.S. growers access to a highly valuable market and is a major step toward Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack commercialization for the 2012 growing season,” said David Morgan, Syngenta region director of North America and president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. “Soon growers will be able to reap the benefits of record commodity prices, achieving higher yield potential with an unprecedented level of corn pest control and reduced refuge requirements.”… Continue reading

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SCI welcomes a new area seedsman

Seed Consultants, Inc., is pleased to announce that Lance Weaver has been named an area seedsman. In his new position Lance will cover Coshocton, Holmes, Knox, Muskingum, Morrow, Marion and Tuscarawas counties in Ohio.

Raised near Coshocton, Oh., Lance has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business administration from Franklin University in Columbus, and recently completed the Certified Crop Advisor training. Lance has been a part of the Seed Consultants team since 2008.

“My career goal was to be in the seed business,” Lance said. “I’m looking forward to taking care of the customer.”

“Lance has a passion for serving farmers and is dedicated to meeting their needs. We’re
looking forward to him serving this area,” said Chris Jeffries, general manager at SCI.
Lance can be reached on his mobile phone at (740) 502-6622 or by e-mail at LanceWeaver@seedconsultants.com.… Continue reading

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Western bean cutworm risk in Northern Ohio

By Brian Essinger, Monsanto
The latest forecast for Western Bean Cutworm is moderate to high risk for northern Ohio. I recommend scouting acres that are not Genuity SmartStax traited corn.
The eggs are laid on the corn leaves, will start out in clumps of 15-50 white/pink eggs and as they mature they turn brown and then purple right before they hatch.
High Insect Risk
Insect migration probability in your area requires your immediate action. Please review the data below to assess your risk for insect damage and determine next steps.
For daily insect migration reports, information about past migratory insect conditions, insect pressure trends and related research, please visit InsectForecast.com.

ACTION: Immediately scout all fields currently at a stage susceptible to insect damage.

RISK: Over 50% probability of experiencing an insect flight resulting in increased trap counts and presence of new moths.

ISSUED WHEN: An optimal weather pattern exists (strong south/southwest winds and expected precipitation).… Continue reading

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Clean sweep for the winner of the Ohio State Fair Rib-off

 

 

Armed with pork and ready to impress an audience and judges, seven teams from across Ohio, gathered in Columbus for the 15th annual Ohio Pork Rib-Off. This event invites teams to prepare both ribs and pulled pork that are evaluated by a judging panel for taste, tenderness and appearance.

This year, those challenged with selecting Ohio’s top teams were Woody Johnson, 92.3 WCOL; Shelley Mann, Columbus Crave Magazine; Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio Expo Center and State Fair; Corporal Craig Sinclair, Clear Channel Radio Traffic and Johnny DiLoretto, Fox 28.

John DeSando of WCBE served as the competition emcee and announced the following award winners:

Grand Champion Ribs: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

Reserve Champion Ribs: Tony’s Restaurant, Findlay

Grand Champion Pulled Pork: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

Reserve Pulled Pork: Wally’s Great American BBQ, Tiffin

People’s Choice Award Winner: Tony’s Restaurant, Findlay

Best BBQ Sauce containing Soy: Hickory River Smokehouse, Tipp City

In addition to $3,000 in prizes, top teams received commemorative banners and silver serving trays.… Continue reading

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Pollinating under adverse conditions

By John Brien, AgriGold Agronomist, CCA

About a third of Ohio’s corn crop is tasseled and more is tasseling every day, the temperatures and humidity continue to be high and the forecast continues to predict heat. How will all these factors affect pollination out in the corn field?

Ideal pollination conditions consist of moderate temperatures with low humidity with ample soil moisture; unfortunately some parts of the state only have ample soil moisture. So if conditions are not ideal how does a corn plant ensure the best pollination possible? To ensure a successful pollination the corn plant has many built in safety measures.

The first safety measure surrounds pollen release. A tassel will not begin releasing pollen until the entire tassel is emerged from the plant. Pollen will also not be released when conditions could be detrimental to the pollen grain. Typically pollen is released once the dew is off the corn plant in the morning and prior to the heat of the day and again in the evening as the temperatures decrease, ensuring pollen viability.… Continue reading

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OSU wheat trials

The purpose of the Ohio Wheat Performance Test is to evaluate wheat varieties, blends, brands, and breeding lines for yield, grain quality and other important performance characteristics. This information gives wheat producers comparative information for selecting the varieties best suited for their production system and market. Varieties differ in yield potential, winter hardiness, maturity, standability, disease and insect resistance, and other agronomic characteristics. Depending on variety and test site, yields varied between 53.1 and 107.4 bushels per acre, and test weight ranged from 54.7 to 63.3 pounds per bushel. Selection should be based on performance from multiple test sites and years. Results of the 2011 wheat performance evaluation are available at: www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~perf and http://agcrops.osu.edu and the Mid-August issue of Ohio’s Country Journal.… Continue reading

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Heat and corn

By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist

The recent heat wave has generated many questions about the impact of high temperatures on corn yields. The “good news” is that corn originated as a tropical grass and can tolerate exposures to adverse temperatures as high as 112 degrees F for brief periods. Optimal daytime temperatures for corn typically range between 77 degrees and 91 degrees. Growth decreases when temperatures exceed 95 degrees. Fortunately, the high temperatures during the past week have been associated with some much needed rains across the state.

How high is too high for corn? Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois agronomist, notes that “afternoon temperatures in the mid-90s are not a problem for corn… if they have enough soil water available. In experiments, plant temperatures have been raised to 110 or higher without doing direct damage to photosynthetic capacity. The level required to damage leaves depends on the temperature the leaf has experienced before, but it generally takes temperatures above 100 in field-grown plants.”… Continue reading

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Sustainable Farm Tour Series continues

The 2011 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues on Aug. 17 with a look at organic soybeans. New research on pest control is the focus, including the effects of planting date and the benefits of no-till rotations of rye and soybeans.

It’s at the John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Site at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, near Bowling Green. Hours are noon-3 p.m. Admission is free, lunch is included, and no pre-registration is needed.

For more information, contact Alan Sundermeier of Ohio State University Extension, 419-354-9050, sundermeier.5@osu.edu.

Six organizations, including Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team, are presenting the Farm Tour series.

Get complete details and a list of all 36 tours at http://go.osu.edu/DR3.Continue reading

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Food product development contest winners announced by CIFT

Northwest Ohio is rich with signature products developed locally, and some even enjoy being recognized regionally and nationally. The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) sponsored the fourth annual Food Product Development Contest, which showcases many new local products ready to take that next step – actual product development.

Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada, and CIFT President and CEO David Beck, announced today at the CIFT office three winners selected in recognition of their product concepts:

• White Balsamic Dressing by Moussa Salloukh (Toledo, Ohio) – A sweet, light, yet crisp white balsamic dressing with a unique taste that covers and holds to lettuce without overbearing the salad. Created in the relaxed atmosphere of the Toledo, Ohio-based restaurant, La Scola Italian Grill, the dressing also serves as an excellent marinade on poultry and pork.

• Barista Bites by Darlene White (Grand Rapids, Ohio) – This scone and biscotti crossover has the softness of a scone on the inside with the shape and firmness of biscotti on the outside.… Continue reading

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The Ohio Crop Progress Report – August 1st

CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

The average temperature for the State was 78.9 degrees, 6.4 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, July 31, 2011. Precipitation averaged 0.66 inches, 0.16 inches below normal. There were 192 modified growing degree days, 37 days above normal.

Reporters rated 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, July 29, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 25 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY JULY 31st 2011

There was still extreme heat in Ohio last week; however, rain helped reduce the stress on crops and livestock. Field activities for the week included baling straw and hay, spraying herbicide, tilling wheat stubble and installing tile.

As of Sunday July 31st, 58 percent of corn was silked (tasseled), compared to 94 percent last year and 86 percent for the five-year average. Corn in dough was 5 percent.… Continue reading

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Beef Grazing Tour

The Ohio Forage and Grassland Council (OFGC) in cooperation with Athens County Extension is sponsoring a Beef Grazing Tour on Wednesday, August 17 in Athens County. The tour will feature three host farms; Dave and Nancy Bircher located at 3253 Sargent Road in Lodi Township, Joe and Donna Marks located at 17222 Lawson Road in Lodi Township and Scott and Joanne Pfeiffer located at 4347 Marion Johnson Road in Alexander Township.

Each farm will highlight different management practices. The tour begins at the Bircher farm at 9:30 am. This stop will feature paddock development, water systems, lane access and pasture rotation management. The next stop is the Marks farm where the discussion will center on fall calving, stockpiling forage and pasture reseeding options. At the Marks farm a noon meal of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs will be served. Following the noon meal we will drive to the final stop of the tour, the Pfeiffer farm.… Continue reading

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Orange County Choppers and orphans

Helping others is a passion for the Beck family and family of employees. In celebration of our 75th anniversary, Beck’s Hybrids commissioned Orange County Choppers to build two custom choppers. One of the choppers will be featured on the popular Discovery Channel TV show, American Chopper.

The choppers will be used to raise money for the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund. We Care for Orphans helps unite orphaned children with loving families. For a chance to win, Ohioans can visit Beck’s at the Farm Science Review or other events, including Becknology Days on Aug. 25-27 and Commodity Classic on March 1-3.… Continue reading

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When should fungicides be applied to corn?

By Dave Nanda, 
Director of Genetics and Technology 
for Seed Consultants, Inc.

 

Farmers have to make many decisions for raising profitable crops. You can make most decisions based on your own knowledge and experience. But for some decisions you need help of unbiased soil and crop agronomists, plant pathologists, and entomologists. Try to contact an Extension educator or a crops consultant who you can trust when you cannot make those decisions yourself. They might cost you a little initially, but if they are knowledgeable and worth their salt, they can save or make you a ton of money!

If deciding when to spray chemicals, it would be great if you had your own sprayer and could spray fungicides and insecticides yourself when you need. However, if you have to get it done by the custom applicators, they have limited time and equipment to cover all the acres contracted in their area.… Continue reading

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