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Collecting yield and identifying problem spots in soybeans

Soybean harvest is wrapping up and some fields beat all expectations while others indicate potential problem spots in the field. As you think back to those questionable spots where the seed chatters through the combine, it got kind of quiet, or you are scanning the lower yield monitor results, this year there could be several reasons for problem areas in fields. The weather and other biotic factors such as soybean cyst nematode offered a number of challenges in 2013. The bottom line is that you have the best data for discovering those low yield pockets. Now, how do you address those problems?

Heavy rains that occurred shortly after planting affected stand in some parts of the state, though we did not have as much replanting as we have had in recent years. In some areas, stands were an issue in some of the more poorly drained fields. Flooding where the seed is submerged for more than 3 days kills plants. … Continue reading

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CAT exemption

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has received confirmation that the effective date for the Commercial Activity Tax exemption for grain handlers is Jan. 1, 2014.

The provision to exclude all licensed agricultural commodity (grain) handlers from paying the state’s Commercial Activity Tax was signed into law on June 30 by Governor John Kasich as part of the final state budget bill, HB 59 (R-Amstutz) that passed both legislative chambers on June 27. The final budget included an exemption that protects the critical $1 million threshold for the CAT tax as well, and as a result, many farmers.

The CAT’s previous .26% rate for businesses with gross receipts over $1 million was replaced in the budget with a graduated scale. Now, there is a fee of $150 for businesses with gross receipts between $150,000 and $1 million. The fee is $800 for gross receipts between $1 million and $2 million and a $2,100 fee for $2 million to $4 million.… Continue reading

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Commodity Classic registration opening soon

Online registration and housing reservations for the 2014 Commodity Classic, taking place in San Antonio, Tex., will open at 9 a.m. CST Tuesday, Nov. 19. Hotel space is limited and rooms will book fast, so don’t delay.

The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, nestled in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio along the banks of the world famous River Walk is the site of the 2014 Commodity Classic. The registration desk and all Commodity Classic specific events will be held at the convention center. Be sure and join us there for the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.

Commodity Classic hotels are either located within an easy walking distance or will have complimentary shuttle service to and from the convention center.  Check out the 2014 Commodity Classic website for additional information.

Presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention, and trade show.… Continue reading

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Crop commodity loan disbursement has resumed

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced that the processing and disbursement of 2013 crop commodity loans has resumed.  Crop year 2013 commodity loan-making was suspended Oct. 1, 2013, to make changes necessary to accommodate the automatic funding reductions known as sequester.  Sequestration is mandated by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 as amended by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

“We must comply with the laws established by Congress to reduce funds in accordance with sequestration policy,” Garcia said. “We regret the delay this has created in USDA issuing marketing assistance loans because we know how critical the loans are to many farmers’ cash flow at this time of year.”

The commodity loan programs provide interim financing to producers for agricultural commodities stored after harvest and then sold throughout the year.  Producers requesting 2013 crop commodity loans on their harvested commodities now will have a 5.1 percent reduction to the loan amount upon its disbursement, due to the sequestration. … Continue reading

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Archbold Equipment Company partners with agronomist

Archbold Equipment Company announces a partnership with Nester Ag, LLC of Bryan. Nester Ag has over 35 years of experience and a team of agronomists to provide dedicated services such as: soil testing, nutrient management, plant tissue testing, research and test plot programs, data analysis, geo-referencing and aerial farm maps. Nester Ag practices environmental stewardship and strives to make their clients agriculture profitable. Archbold Equipment Company looks to set themselves apart from other agricultural dealers by providing these services to current and prospective customers.

“I am thrilled to begin this new partnership with Archbold Equipment Company and look forward to working with the sales team to further develop programs that enhance customers’ bottom line. Archbold Equipment Company is a highly respected company that prides itself on top quality products and service,” said Joe Nester, founder of Nester Ag.

Gary Schumacher, CEO of Archbold Equipment looks for this to be a positive addition to Archbold Equipment’s products and services.… Continue reading

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Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarship opportunities

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

In order to ensure the future prosperity of the U.S. soybean industry, it is important that students understand the wide variety of opportunities available in agricultural careers. This scholarship program encourages undergraduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including science and technology, economics, communication, education, business and leadership.


Undergraduate scholarships

There are a total of eight undergraduate scholarships available, including six general scholarships of up to $3,000 each that will be awarded to students pursuing an eligible major. Available to one undergraduate student pursuing agricultural business or communications is the $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe and McClelland Excellence in Communications Scholarship. This scholarship was founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural and business communication.… Continue reading

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USDA announces final BSE rule

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) commends the announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), that it has completed its efforts to modernize import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). This final import regulation is based on internationally-accepted scientific literature and the standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

“The basis of these import regulations, set on internationally-accepted science and the OIE guidelines, is critical in showing that the U.S. is committed to ensuring trade, unfettered by protectionist motivations, and sends a clear message to our trading partners of the value we place on fair trade,” said Scott George, NCBA president and Cody, Wyo. cattleman. “I am pleased that NCBA has been a leader on this issue since 2003 and that the USDA/APHIS incorporated the comments of cattle producers in finalizing these regulations. These regulations show that cattlemen and women not only talk about market access, but that we stand behind it.”… Continue reading

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2013 County Fair Photo Contest winner

With the end of the Fairfield County Fair in October, the 2013 Ohio fair season wrapped up. It has been another great year of fairs around Ohio and many online visitors enjoyed seeing favorite photos from around the state. The contest winner was chosen via online voting based on the total number of votes.

The 2013 winner was Amy Rehm, who submitted a picture of her sister, Emily Rehm, the 2012 Wayne County Fair Queen, and young Lily Ramsier at the Queen’s Social at the Wayne County Fair. She will receive a pass for free admission into any Ohio county fair and the Ohio State Fair in 2014. The fair pass is compliments of the Ohio Fair Managers Association.

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The Weekly Corn Belt Update – {November 4th, 2013}


The Snapshot Tour is hosted by Jay Calhoun of Colgan Commodities. This is a daily update on crop and weather conditions across  locations in the Corn Belt.  Listen to the audio report in full by visiting and clicking on the audio tab.

Maumee, Ohio

Most of Northwest Ohio was able to work over the weekend.  The central and eastern part had showers and are just getting a good run at harvest.  Rain is in the forecast for Wednesday, so there will continue to be a big push to wrap up the last 10% of bean harvest. Corn yields continue to be outstanding.  NW Ohio is over 70% complete.… Continue reading

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Wuebker joins agricultural law firm

The law firm of Barrett,Easteday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP (BECE) is pleased to announce that Matt Wuebker will become the firm’s newest associate attorney. The Supreme Court of Ohio announced on Oct. 25 that Matt was among those who passed the July 2013 Ohio bar examination. The oath of office as an attorney and counselor at law were administered on Monday, Nov. 4, to Matt and other successful applicants who have also satisfied all of the Ohio Supreme Court’s other requirements for admission. Matt has been working as a law clerk at BECE since graduating in May from the University of Dayton School of Law. Matt grew up near Maria Stein, Ohio, where his parents operate a farm. Matt is a member of Marion Local Young Farmers Association and is an active outdoorsman. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from Wright State University in Dayton and earned his Juris Doctorate in an accelerated 2-year program at the University of Dayton School of Law.… Continue reading

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Ohioan appointed to American Lamb Board

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced four appointments to the 2014 Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Board, more commonly referred to as the American Lamb Board (ALB). Each appointee will serve a three-year term.

The newly appointed board members representing producers include Jim Percival from Ohio, a first-time members to the board.

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) nominated Percival as sheep producer directors. ASI president Clint Krebs expressed appreciation with the appointments so that the new directors can weigh in on the new funding available this year with the increase in the checkoff assessment supported by ASI. ALB is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer, three first handlers and a member of the general public.… Continue reading

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High N rates can influence micronutrient use in corn

A Purdue University study shows that high-yielding, modern corn hybrids take up not only more nitrogen from soil but more micronutrients such as zinc, iron, manganese and copper. Nitrogen fertilizer rates also influence how much of these nutrients are stored in the grain at harvest.

Growers may need to use fertilizers to meet the increased micronutrient requirements of hybrid corn in high-yield systems, especially if soil nutrient levels are too low.

“This study raises the question of whether we need to pay more attention to micronutrients in fertilizer management,” said Tony Vyn, Purdue professor of agronomy and co-author of the study. “In high-yield systems, it’s not just that corn requires more macronutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus — which is what farmers normally think about — more micronutrients are needed as well. If you have soil that is deficient in micronutrients, you could be limiting your yields.”

Though micronutrients are essential for optimum plant growth and reproductive development, current management practices rarely take them into account, as growers often assume that soil nutrient concentrations for these nutrients are adequate.… Continue reading

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Stalk rot and root lodging in corn

Wind damage early in the season coupled with delayed harvest and rain late in the season have some producers concerned about stalk rot and lodging problems in corn. When stalk rot occurs late in the season as it often does, it may have little or no direct effect on yield. However, stalk lodging, which results from stalk rot, can have such a significant impact on harvest losses that it is often considered to be the one of the most significant yield limiting disease of corn.

Several factors may contribute to stalk rot and lodging, including extreme weather conditions, insects and diseases, and these may occur very early in the season. However, most hybrids do not begin to show stalk rot symptoms until shortly before physiological maturity. It is difficult to distinguish between stalk rots caused by different fungi because two or more fungi may be involved. Similarly, certain insects such as European corn borer often act in concert with fungal pathogens to cause stalk rot.… Continue reading

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Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium programming to concentrate on the future

The 2013 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium (BSS) will concentrate on, “Looking to the Future: Marketing, Nutrient Management, and Product Demand.” The event will be held Dec. 14 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster.

We have put together a program with the future of all segments of the sheep and goat industries in mind. The symposium keynote speaker is Jack Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president. He will discuss issues facing sheep and goat farmers as they relate to Ohio’s water resources and the issue of nutrient management on farms. In addition, several sheep, lamb, wool marketing and nutrient management experts will be on the program. Ohio State University Extension will play a major role in the program, concentrating on the nutrient management issue.

Prior to the symposium, the OSIA Annual Meeting will be held Dec. 14. At the annual meeting, the election of the OSIA officer team will be held, as well as other important items for members to discuss.… Continue reading

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association accepting Best of the Buckeye nominations

Ohio seedstock breeders are encouraged to take advantage of an enhanced marketing opportunity through the Best of the Buckeye program beginning in the 2014 show season, hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair.

The Best of the Buckeye program will recognize top-placing Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. Thanks to generous sponsors, $45,000 will be presented during 2014 in the form of premiums at the two shows, scholarships and awards. This year’s sponsors are Green Oak Farms, heifer division; Steve R. Rauch, steer division; and Franklin Equipment, scholarship division.

The program was formed to provide Ohio seedstock breeders an additional marketing opportunity, create a source for moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige, and to attract new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair.… Continue reading

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Leadership Ohio Ag Weekend brings state leaders to the countryside

DeVriesMany of Ohio’s top leaders recently took time out of their busy schedules to learn more about the diverse and exciting nature of the state’s agricultural industry.

The current class of Leadership Ohio, a statewide program dedicated to the education and support of leaders around the state, traveled to Marion County to learn about the unique world of agriculture. John Buck is the founder and visionary of Leadership Ohio and owner and operator of Buck Farms. He says the importance of teaching Ohio’s leaders about the many facets of ag is essential to their understanding of the state’s dynamic background.

“Leadership Ohio is an organization that brings together various leaders in upper management positions and aspiring leaders to show them everything we can about leadership in Ohio, including agriculture,” Buck said.

JDEquipmentBuck says that with agriculture as the leading industry in the state, it’s important to expose the current and future leaders to an area that a majority of them have never been around.… Continue reading

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Farm bill conference underway

The agricultural community is abuzz with the long awaited star of the conference on the farm bill that is finally underway.

“With the legislation and process back in the hands of the Senate and House agriculture committee leaders and members, we are eager to do all we can to ensure the new farm bill is on the president’s desk as soon as possible this year,” said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Association. “Farm Bureau’s two overarching goals with the Senate-House conference are ensuring that permanent law is not repealed and a complete, unified farm bill continues. With this foundation, we also will be hard at work to make sure the efforts by both committees to provide safety net and risk management options that work for farmers in all regions, including those provisions across the many titles that would help livestock and specialty crop producers, are maintained.

“We know the conferees face several tough decisions on how to move forward on a unified farm bill that will pass the House and Senate when completed. … Continue reading

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Ohio hog producers win national award while working to protect water quality

Krikke Pork, owned by Howard and Jane Krikke of Greenwich, Ohio, has been selected as a 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards award winner, for their ongoing work to protect water quality and other natural resources on and near their farm.

“Being good stewards of the environment is a requirement for farming,” said Howard Krikke. “If we don’t take care of the land and the water it won’t take care of us.”

For the Krikke family, taking good care of the land and water is top priority. Since 2006, Krikke Pork has been home to two, state-of-the-art, 2,500-head wean-to-finish barns.

When constructing the barns, the Krikkes installed a system that allows them to collect all of the rainwater run-off from the barn roofs. The rainwater is directed above ground through grassed waterways or below ground through tile to a natural water recharge facility. Under normal Ohio precipitation, Krikke Pork returns 160% of the water used in their barns back to the groundwater supply.… Continue reading

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