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Watch for herbicide carryover

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

Drought not only affected our crops this year, it has the potential of affecting crops in 2013 also. In this space we have already discussed that all of the nitrogen, potash and phosphate may not have been used if your yields were low. This could be a potential cost saving by reducing the amount of certain fertilizers needed. However, on the negative side, there is a potential danger of herbicide carryover that could hurt your crops if effective measures are not taken. 
If you did not get sufficient rains to wash down the residual herbicides, these could hurt wheat, soybeans and corn depending on the herbicides, time of application and amount used. Purdue Extension Weed Scientists, Bill Johnson and Travis Legleiter have given the following cautions and potential solutions:

• Watch out for atrazine carryover damage to wheat.

• If you applied a fomesafen product to soybeans this summer and did not get sufficient rains following application, there is a potential of injury to wheat.… Continue reading

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Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium

The fourth annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium (OGFS) will be held on Thursday, December 13 at the Roberts Centre and Holiday Inn in Wilmington. Grain farmers throughout the state will have the opportunity to hear about the latest agricultural issues impacting their operations.

Online registration is now open. Visit www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org to sign up today or call the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) at 888-769-6446.

Topics discussed during the general session will include a legislative update, overview of the current Renewable Fuel Standard and a presentation from a nationally known climatologist regarding past, present and future weather trends.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of breakout sessions.

On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the early bird marketing report will begin at 9:00 a.m.  A full OGFS agenda will be announced soon and will be available online at www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org.

The OGFS is held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and OSA, which will take place immediately following the close of the symposium.… Continue reading

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Commodity Classic is coming soon

Many corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum farmers from around the country are already gearing up for their annual trip to the Commodity Classic. The 2013 Commodity Classic, taking place Feb. 28 to March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Commodity Classic is the nation’s largest farmer led and farmer focused conference and trade show that is presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship — as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation.

Registration and housing reservations for the 2013 Commodity Classic has opened online and hotel rooms expected to book fast. The 2013 Commodity Classic will make use of two first-class venues, each within a free, five-minute shuttle ride of each other. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center will be the site for the General Session, trade show and educational sessions.… Continue reading

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Meeting to address Ohio drought issues

On Tuesday, representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the U.S. Small Business Administration, (SBA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be joined by State agencies and stakeholders from the private sector to discuss the effects of the drought and long-term recovery efforts.

Recognizing that recovery from drought can be a lengthy process, this event is an opportunity to examine its impact on producers, local communities and businesses and to highlight resources available to assist local recovery efforts. The event is free of charge and features three break-out sessions:

Track 1 – Community Development and Business Impacts;

Track 2 – Livestock, Hay and Grazing Impacts; or

Track 3 – Crop Agriculture Impacts

AUDIO: Tony Logan is the State Director of USDA’s Ohio Rural Development Office and he talks with Ty Higgins about this upcoming meeting.

WEB USDA RD Tony Logan

Who:   Ohio State University Extension

Ohio Department of Agriculture

Northwest State Community College

The Center for Innovative Food Technology

Ruralogic

U.S.… Continue reading

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An oat update: Late rains make forage!

By Stan Smith, Fairfield County OSU Extension

This year in Ohio it would seem there were perhaps more oats planted after wheat and into early corn silage harvested acres than in recent memory. Fortunately, the late rains — even though in many cases not abundant — have resulted in excellent yields. Conversations, e-mails and the variety of photos I’ve received support the notion that yield and quality are both good.

As the reports we’re hearing indicate that oats are commonly yielding two to three or more tons of dry matter per acre around Ohio, I’m also being asked about timing and the preferred method of harvest. Unless they were planted more than 90 days ago, oats may still be growing in much of the state. Unless you need the feed immediately, why not let them continue to grow? Oats won’t die until temperatures have been in the mid 20’s for several hours.… Continue reading

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Small farm bill programs make a big difference in Ohio

While many of the largest farm bill programs, including those for nutrition and commodities, have some continued funding, the October farm bill expiration expiration effectively halts new enrollment for programs that help drive innovation, support the next generation of farmers, conserve our natural resources, and invest in local economic development.

“Congress failed to do its job when it allowed the Farm Bill to expire,” said MacKenzie Bailey, Policy Program Coordinator for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). “It’s time they get down to business and pass an equitable and sustainable Farm Bill–one that addresses rural job creation, training opportunities for beginning farmers, natural resource conservation, and access to healthy, organic food,” said Bailey.

One of the Farm Bill programs at stake is the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), which invests in beginning farmers by helping them access land, credit, and crop insurance; launch and expand new farms and businesses; and receive training, mentoring, and education.  … Continue reading

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Ohio Proud items make great Christmas gifts

As the holiday season quickly approaches, Ohio Proud announces a special holiday campaign urging Ohioans to celebrate by making holiday dishes and giving gifts featuring Ohio products. Whether you’re spending the holidays at home, entertaining with friends or celebrating at work, make the best of the holidays by shopping Ohio Proud.

Consumers can look for the Ohio Proud logo when buying Ohio made and Ohio grown products.  When you purchase Ohio Proud products you are supporting Ohio farmers, food processors, and your community.  Every dollar spent on Ohio Proud products reinvests in the state’s economy.  From fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, to snack foods, wine and baked goods you will find Ohio Proud products in every aisle of your favorite grocery store.

Online shoppers can visit the Ohio Proud web site at www.ohioproud.org for partner web sites and recipes for holiday meals. Ohio Proud can also be found on Pinterest, sharing home-grown gift, recipe and party planning ideas.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – November 19th, 2012

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

WEEK ENDING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2012

The average temperature for the State was 38.7 degrees, 2.1 degrees below normal for the week ending Sunday, November 18, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.50 inches, 0.12 inches below normal. There were 11 modified growing degree days, 5 days below normal. Reporters rated 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, November 16, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

The fall harvest is winding down to a close. Recent rains have restored surface moisture, but the subsoil is still very dry. Pastures are still in relatively poor condition and some livestock producers have begun feeding hay. Most activities included fall tillage, hauling grain, hauling manure, applying fertilizer and herbicide, cleaning, and storing equipment for winter.

As of Sunday November 18th, 90 percent of the corn was harvested for grain, ahead of last year by 26 percent and the five-year average by 7 percent.… Continue reading

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Ohio State livestock judging team turns setback into success at the NAILE

The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team placed ninth at the 107th National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 13, 2012.

After attending the American Royal on Nov. 3, 2012 and reporting their poorest performance of the year, placing 15th, Ohio State turned their setback into a comeback by placing ninth out of 29 teams at the NAILE.

This was the first time an Ohio State team has placed in the top 10 at the NAILE since 2004.

Team members at the NAILE contest included Jake Boyert, Seville, Ohio, Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, Bailey Harsh, Radnor, Ohio, Trey Miller, Baltimore, Ohio, and Kyle Nickles, Loudonville, Ohio.

Ohio State had a few individuals recognized at the awards ceremony. Grimes and Harsh were both named to the 10-person All American Team. This team is selected based on outstanding achievement in academics, community and industry service, and livestock judging.… Continue reading

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DuPont Pioneer, Cargill Announce 2013 Plenish® High Oleic Soy IP Contract Program

DuPont Pioneer and Cargill announced today they will work with farmers near Cargill’s facility in Sidney, Ohio, to grow Plenish® high oleic soybeans in 2013.

For the 2013 growing season, Cargill will contract with soybean farmers in the Sidney, Ohio, area to grow Plenish high oleic soybeans that will be delivered to Cargill’s soybean facility for processing (on-farm storage with buyer’s call). Growers will be eligible for a processor-paid incentive for producing and delivering high oleic soybeans. Interest in Plenish high oleic soybean oil from food companies continues to be strong and the 2013 Cargill contract program will support ongoing market development activity.

“Ohio soybean growers have always been leaders in adopting new technology to add value to their soybean production. This 2013 Plenish high oleic soybean contracting program with Cargill will provide them an opportunity to improve their own bottom line through extra income per bushel and to strengthen market demand for the soybean industry,” said Randy Minton, DuPont Pioneer business director.… Continue reading

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Role of micronutrients

By Dave Nanda, Seed Consultants, Inc.

We generally look at the major or macronutrients like nitrogen, potash, phosphate, calcium and sulfur in our soil tests but not much attention is paid to the micronutrients like iron, manganese, zinc, copper, boron etc. These are called micronutrients not because they are less important but because they are needed in very small amounts by the plants. Deficiency or excess of any of these elements can affect the yield of our crops. Lighter sandy soils, low organic matter or high pH soils generally have a shortage of these elements. These nutrients become even more important as we try to go for higher yields. By the time you see the deficiency symptoms in your crop, it may be too late to do anything about it. So what should you do? Here are a few pointers that may be of help:

• Conduct soil and tissue tests every year.… Continue reading

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EPA denies ethanol mandate waiver

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) expressed disappointment after the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a request to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate for the production of corn ethanol.

“In light of the most widespread drought to face the country in more than 50 years, the refusal to grant this waiver is a blatant example of the flawed policy of the RFS,” said NCBA President J.D. Alexander, a cattle feeder from Pilger, Neb. “The artificial support for corn ethanol provided for by the RFS is only making the situation worse for cattlemen and women by driving up feed costs.”

In comments submitted by NCBA to EPA in October, NCBA stated that the cattle industry, along with other livestock groups has suffered a significant economic impact due to the RFS mandate and the drought. From December 2007 to August 2012, the cattle feeding sector of the beef industry lost a record $4 billion in equity due to high feed costs and economic factors that have negatively affected beef demand.… Continue reading

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Wetland park expanding at OSU

Ohio State University’s renowned Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, which opened its doors 20 years ago, is now in the process of opening them wider.

The 52-acre Columbus facility is undergoing $75,000 in renovations to its main teaching and research building as part of a broader effort to increase the park’s access, use and impact.

Programs in the park focus on how wetlands function, how to create and restore them, and how they benefit the environment and people. Water from the adjacent Olentangy River fills two main experimental wetlands at the site, which are each about the size of two football fields. Ohio State officials call it the only facility like it on a university campus.

“The Schiermeier is uniquely positioned to more broadly address problems related to water supply and quality in Ohio and beyond,” said Ron Hendrick, director of Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, of which the park is a part.… Continue reading

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Wolfinger named finalist in Faces of Farming Contest

Janice Wolfinger of Morristown, Ohio is one of the nine finalists selected by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” national spokesperson search. Janice and her husband Jake are active members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Farm Bureau, which encouraged her entry.

More than 100 farmers and ranchers from across the country responded to the call to find real “faces” to share their stories on a national stage and further the dialogue about how food is produced in America today. Entries spanned the corners of the country and included various types of food grown and raised, but all shared one common theme: farmers and ranchers sharing their passion for producing food and continuously improving what they do.

Janice and Jake run cows in eastern Ohio and own and operate a feedyard in Nebraska, which they purchased and started renovating several years ago. The Wolfingers were raised in the agricultural community, growing up on beef and grain farms in Ohio and now are continuing the tradition with their two daughters.… Continue reading

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Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium

The fourth annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium (OGFS) will be held on Thursday, December 13 at the Roberts Centre and Holiday Inn in Wilmington. Grain farmers throughout the state will have the opportunity to hear about the latest agricultural issues impacting their operations.

Online registration is now open. Visit www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org to sign up today or call the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) at 888-769-6446.

Topics discussed during the general session will include a legislative update, overview of the current Renewable Fuel Standard and a presentation from a nationally known climatologist regarding past, present and future weather trends.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of breakout sessions.

On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the early bird marketing report will begin at 9:00 a.m.  A full OGFS agenda will be announced soon and will be available online at www.ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org.

The OGFS is held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and OSA, which will take place immediately following the close of the symposium.… Continue reading

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Push for Russia PNTR

The American Farm Bureau Federation this week urged the House of Representatives to pass legislation granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia. The House is scheduled to vote on Russia PNTR this week.

Russia formally joined the World Trade Organization in August. But, PNTR for Russia must be enacted by Congress in order to guarantee U.S. access to the market-opening and legal aspects that are part of the Russia-WTO agreement.

“Russia PNTR is a critical step toward ensuring the U.S. benefits from Russia’s accession to the WTO and remains competitive in that market,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “U.S. farmers will have more certain and predictable market access as a result of Russia’s commitment not to raise tariffs on any products above the negotiated rates and to apply international food safety standards in a uniform and transparent manner.”

Russia has a strong capacity for growth in food imports from the United States.… Continue reading

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OARDC recognized for work on soybean rust

The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) is one of the recipients of the 2012 Experiment Station Section Award of Excellence in Multistate Research for its work to rapidly address the threat of soybean rust to U.S. agricultural production.

The annual award is given by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in recognition of successful, well-coordinated, high-impact, multi-institution research efforts. It was presented Nov. 11 at APLU’s annual awards program in Denver.

OARDC scientists earned the award along with colleagues from more than 30 U.S. and Canadian land-grant universities, federal agencies and industry associations involved in the project, officially called NCERA (North Central Extension and Research Activity)-208 “Response to Emerging Soybean Rust Threat.”

“This award recognizes the fact that our multistate research network enables the land-grant colleges of agriculture to rapidly mobilize to meet and address research needs on emerging threats, as well as to coordinate research activities on priority regional and national topics,” said OARDC Director Steve Slack, who is also administrative adviser of the winning project.… Continue reading

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Jersey Youth Academy deadline drawing near

Friday, Nov. 30 is the deadline to submit applications for the third Jersey Youth Academy, presented by the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Youth who will be juniors or seniors in high school in the fall of 2013 and current college students who will have at least one year remaining to complete their degree are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. residents. A total of 36 individuals will be selected for the program scheduled for July 14 through 19, 2013 in Columbus.

The application is posted on the Academy web site at http://academy.usjersey.com. Applications must be received in the office no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 30.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of merit, motivation and preparation for the program as reflected in the written application and goal statement.

Established in 2008, Jersey Youth Academy achieves three broad objectives: first, for the participants to learn why and how the Jersey breed has grown and prospered, and what the future holds for the Jersey business; second, for them to meet leaders from the Jersey community and from across the support industry, and to gain their unique insights about the dairy business with a specific focus on the Jersey cow; and third, to learn about the range of career opportunities that involve the Jersey breed and Jersey products, and begin the journey that will take them to success working in the Jersey dairy business.… Continue reading

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NCBA pushing for estate tax relief

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) joined more than 30 groups representing the agriculture industry in sending letters to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate urging them to provide farmers and ranchers with permanent and meaningful relief from the estate tax. Current estate tax relief is set to expire at the end of 2012 with exemption levels dropping to $1 million per individual and the tax rate increasing to 55%.

“If Congress allows current estate tax relief to expire it will have a devastating impact on the cattle industry. America’s farmers and ranchers are small business owners who cannot afford to foot the bill for government inaction,” said NCBA President J.D. Alexander. “The fate of American agriculture and our economic recovery rests on there being certainty in the tax code and continued relief from the burdensome death tax.”

Reducing the tax burden on cattlemen and women has always been a top priority for NCBA and the beef cattle community.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – November 13th, 2012

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

WEEK ENDING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2012

The average temperature for the State was 42.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees below normal for the week ending Sunday, November 11, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.08 inches, 0.69 inches below normal. There were 25 modified growing degree days, 4 days above normal. Reporters rated 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, November 9, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

After heavy rains from the previous week, the weather cleared up and allowed producers to get into their fields. Most activities included fall tillage, hauling grain, hauling manure, applying fertilizer, cleaning, and storing equipment for winter. A few producers were still trying to find forage for livestock by chopping corn fodder, grass, or even late-planted green soybeans.
As of Sunday November 11th, 83 percent of the corn was harvested for grain, ahead of last year by 37 percent and the five-year average by 10 percent.… Continue reading

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