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Marketing techniques covered in workshop

Producers wanting to make sure their food business or operation has a strong, income-building presence in the mobile media arena can learn tips and techniques from food marketing experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during a workshop Aug. 15.

The “Maps and Apps” workshop will teach participants how to make the most of mobile media marketing as a way their businesses can benefit from free listings on Internet maps, GPS systems and mobile apps, said Eric Barrett, an Ohio State University Extension educator.

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

“Ohio food producers wanting to increase their markets, grow their customer base, improve profitability and increase their visibility can learn strategies on how to leverage the Internet, GPS, mobile applications and social media to increase business opportunities,” he said.

Statistics show that 91 percent of U.S. citizens who own mobile devices have them within their reach 24 hours a day, seven days a week, said Barrett, who will help present the workshop.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair makes decision on PED virus

After considering all of the facts, the Ohio State Fair Swine Department made this statement about the possibility of the PED virus the Fair:

“Because of further discussion, a decision was made to inform and educate swine exhibitors of the seriousness and possible consequences of this PED virus. If an outbreak occurs during any swine show, it is the recommendation of the Ohio Department of Agriculture that all animals that participated in the show go to slaughter. This recommendation is being made to protect the overall health and viability of Ohio’s swine herd.

“Again, although the risk is low, the Ohio Expositions Commission is taking the issue very seriously.”

The decision was made based upon a number of factors, including work with Ohio’s State Veterinarian.

“I understand the emotions that come into play, but we don’t want the virus to spread by bringing the animals to other shows or other states.… Continue reading

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Ohio CRP enrollment numbers released

The USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that 9,992.6 acres were accepted during the 45th Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. Currently, Ohio has 317,363 CRP acres enrolled on 37,162 contracts.

Nationwide, USDA accepted enrollment of 1.7 million acres bringing the total program enrollment to 26.9 million acres.

For more than 27 years, CRP has protected natural resources in Ohio while providing economic and environmental benefits to rural communities throughout the state. The newly accepted CRP offers will continue the CRP legacy by improving water and air quality, increasing wildlife habitat and preventing soil erosion.

CRP is a voluntary program that allows eligible landowners to receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource-conserving covers on eligible farmland throughout the duration of their 10 to 15 year contracts. Accepted contracts will become effective October 1, 2013.

All CRP sign-up 45 offers were evaluated and ranked using the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) that consists of the following five environmental factors plus cost: wildlife enhancement, water quality, soil erosion, enduring benefits and air quality.… Continue reading

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Frogeye leaf spot showing up in fields

By Anne Dorrance, OSU Extension plant pathologist

Several reports and samples this past week with frogeye leaf spot on leaves in the upper/mid canopy. Frogeye leaf spot is a fungal disease that is caused by Cercospora sojina.

This pathogen is typically pretty rare in the northern states, but due to the widespread planting of some highly susceptible varieties and milder winters, we now have more inoculum in the spring. One of my previous graduate students, Christian Cruz, did the tedious work to examine soybean residue to find the viable conidia (spores). At the end of the 2012 season, there was quite a bit of frogeye in our fungicide trials. At present there is enough there (at almost R1) to begin to plan sprays.

There has been another development with this fungus that is a bit troubling. Numerous populations of this pathogen have been identified that are resistant to azoxystrobin (Quadris) and pyraclostrobin (Headline). … Continue reading

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Storeyland takes top honors in Christmas tree contest at the Ohio State Fair

Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm of Trumbull County won Grand Champion honors in the

2013 Ohio Christmas Tree Association’s state contest that took place at the Ohio State Fair. This year’s winning tree was a Norway Spruce. The Reserve Champion was a Korean Fir exhibited by TwinsBerry Tree Farm in Wayne County. Both will have the opportunity to represent Ohio in the 2014 National Christmas Tree competition.

The trees in the competition were selected from trees submitted by growers from across the state of Ohio. They were also judged by a panel of judges consisting from The Ohio State University faculty. The primary factors considered in the judging included shape, fullness, color and overall appearance. The trees will be on display at the Ohio Christmas Tree Association booth for the duration of the Ohio State Fair.

Other contest winners were:


  1. Korean Fir exhibited by TwinsBerry Tree Farm in Wayne County
  2. Grand Fir Exhibited by Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm in Trumbull County


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Ohio AgriBusiness Association Grain Merchandising Course

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s Grain Merchandising Course will be offered Aug. 29 and Sept. 5. The course is designed to provide practical information on a breadth of topics in the grain industry, from market fundamentals to facility operations. The objective is to provide a deeper understanding of grain merchandising as well as to connect the different aspects of the industry.

Two classes will cover different topics and will be available for registration individually or together as a series. The course is designed for anyone desiring a greater understanding of the grain business, including grain originators and merchants, branch managers, accounting personnel, operations personnel and bankers.

Registration is limited to the first 40 people, so don’t wait to register.

The courses will be held at All Occasions Catering at 6989 Waldo-Delaware Road in Waldo. The cost is $150 for OABA members ($200/non-member) for Day 1 or Day 2, or $250 for OABA members ($300 for non-member) for the two-day series

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Meet the Staff – Dale Minyo

Early mornings and long days on the road sum up the work life of Dale Minyo. The man behind the wheel of the Ohio Ag Net Ram Soy Biodiesel truck has put in a good part of his day before most folks let the alarm clock sound.

As a broadcaster for Ohio Ag Net, Dale Minyo wakes at 3 a.m. each morning to deliver agricultural related news via Ohio Ag Net’s morning programming and the daily “Digital Dale” e-newsletter. More than 75 days a year he then jumps in his truck to remotely broadcast the midday radio programs at agricultural related events throughout Ohio.

Dale is a very systematic person and has his morning schedule down to a science. He knows exactly how long it will take him to prepare and highlight his planned news for the day, record the audio, put together the broadcasts, and send out “Digital Dale.” He does all of this in the comfort of his personal studio, a storage room in the basement of his house in Morrow County. … Continue reading

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OSU working on unique test for PEDv

Food animal health researchers with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are looking for a unique way to test and trace the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), a disease of swine that was found for the first time in the U.S. in April and which has impacted hundreds of hog operations in 15 states, including Ohio.

Funded by the National Pork Board, virologists Linda Saif and Qiuhong Wang are working on a six-month project that involves growing the virus in the lab and using this material to develop a serological test, which will allow scientists to determine how widespread PEDv is in the U.S. swine population.

“Serology allows you to trace the history of the outbreak through antibodies,” said Saif, an international expert on viral diseases of swine and cattle and a distinguished university professor in the college’s Food Animal Health Research Program. “This is very important in this case because we don’t know how and where PEDv got into the U.S.,… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – July 22nd, 2013

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There were five days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 21, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Warm weather and low precipitation this week aided crop progress and allowed farmers to access their fields for necessary fieldwork. Producers used the warmer, drier weather to harvest winter wheat, and are now nearly even with the five-year average. Corn has recovered well after flooding and winds from last week, and condition looks good as some is even beginning to dough. Soybeans are blooming but there are reports that in some fields the crop is looking stressed due to water damage from heavy rains in the previous couple weeks. Farmers are progressing on hay cutting. If the weather stays dry, farmers that have finished their second cutting should be able to begin on a third cutting.

See how far along the corn and soybeans are across Ohio and what condition they are currently in by check out the latest Crop Progress ReportContinue reading

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Mark Banbury Memorial Showdown new at Ohio State Fair

He has been a staple at the market lamb show for many years, and the Mark Banbury Memorial Showdown will be held for the first time at the 2013 Ohio State Fair to honor his contributions. Banbury passed away this last year and will be notably absent from the Brown Sheep arena during the 2013 Ohio Stare Fair.

“Mark Banbury was a friend of the entire sheep industry and he prided himself in working with the young people and helping others,” said Gregg Fogle, the assistant superintendent of the Ohio State Fair Market Lamb Show. “He is a face that will be truly missed at the Ohio State fair for years to come.”

Exhibitors showing in the Junior Market lamb show are broken into individual age classes for ages 9-18. The 9-13 age class winners will get to compete after the completion of the 13 year old class for a Champion Junior Showman.… Continue reading

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Researchers discover genes resistant to soybean pathogen

Purdue University researchers have identified two genes within the soybean genome that are highly resistant to a soilborne pathogen that causes Phytophthora root and stem rot, a disease that costs U.S. soybean growers more than $250 million annually in lost yield.

The discovery, made by a team of scientists led by Jianxin Ma and Teresa Hughes, could lead to the development of soybean cultivars better able to withstand the pathogen Phytophthora sojae. The Purdue research was published online by Theoretical and Applied Genetics and is to appear in the journal’s November print edition.

Naturally occurring Phytophthora sojae resistance exists in soybean germplasm. Most previous resistant genes, however, have lost their ability to fight off the pathogen, which has developed immunity to them. Together, the two newly identified genes appear stronger than most earlier genes and could remain viable for many more years, said Ma, a soybean geneticist in Purdue’s Department of Agronomy.… Continue reading

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The impact of tillage on phosphorous loss

To try to narrow down a single reason that farm field phosphorous is being lost into water resources is simply not a feasible outcome of research. There are many factors that go into what is occurring in Ohio contributing to water quality issues in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys and other waterways. Farmers and scientists alike are looking at every possibility and taking every angle to learn how to correct a problem that is undeniable.

One of the factors discussed at this year’s Nutrient Management Field Day was the impact of tillage on phosphorous loss. Two components were taken into account on this Wood County field — the impact of phosphorous over yield as well as how to mitigate phosphorous loss from farm fields linked to hazardous algae blooms and the decline in water quality.… Continue reading

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Syngenta working to boost renewable fuels

Syngenta announced a three-year commitment to contribute $1 to the renewable fuels industry for every acre planted with Enogen trait technology, beginning with this year’s growing season. The initiative will help support America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and promote the benefits of renewable fuels grown in America.

“Renewable fuels are an essential part of the American energy equation, benefitting consumers, farmers and American energy independence,” said David Witherspoon, Head of Renewable Fuels at Syngenta. “Ethanol, whether from corn or other biomass sources, is an energy source for today and tomorrow driving economic growth and innovation.”

Syngenta’s focus is on increasing the productivity of renewable fuels made from traditional and non-traditional feedstocks. Enogen trait technology is the industry’s first and only biotech output trait designed specifically for ethanol production. The revolutionary corn expresses alpha amylase enzyme directly in the corn kernel and replaces liquid alpha amylase enzyme. The unique enzyme present in Enogen grain facilitates a simpler, more efficient ethanol production process helping to maximize the productivity of every gallon produced, and thus the profitability of the ethanol plant.… Continue reading

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Weekly cornbelt crop update {July 19, 2013}

The Snapshot Tour is a daily call hosted by Jay Calhoun of Colgan Commodities covering crop progress and weather updates across the Corn Belt.. This is a summary of this week’s conversations. 

Maumee, Ohio

NW Ohio saw great progress with the wheat harvest this week. The warm humid week has been ideal to get the wheat off and the corn pollenating. 90% of the corn has tasseled. The sun has been perfect to rejuvenate the bean crop. Overall, conditions remain steady to improved. They have three shots of rain in the next week that will be welcome.

Henderson, KY

The crops north and south of the Ohio River region are starting to show stress from lack of moisture. A rain in the next week would be ideal, but won’t be devastating if they do not receive it. However, after that, lack of rain will become an issue. It is common to see aerial application of fungicides, especially due to the storms that have gone through and made the crop susceptible to diseases.… Continue reading

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Chef depends on quality products to build customer trust

Hawaiian chef Keoni Chang wants the peace of mind that comes from knowing his customers—everyone who shops at the 32 Foodland supermarkets across the Islands—will go home and prepare meals that make them happy.

He’s found that level of satisfaction through a relentless quest for the best that is part technical and part rooted in memories of his grandmother’s scratch cinnamon twists and lemon meringue pies that had no equal.

Those roots saw him through, from a local community college to a professional degree at New York’s Culinary Institute of America. They nourished him during an apprenticeship at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia and jobs from New York to Las Vegas and Honolulu before Chang signed on as Foodland corporate chef in 2004.

“Chefs in supermarkets, at the time, that was a rarity,” he said. But it was an opportunity to work with a team to elevate quality in both prepared foods and perishables, including beef.… Continue reading

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Mid-summer pest update

Various foliar feeding insects are starting to show up on soybeans, including the first generation bean leaf beetles, adult Japanese beetles, green cloverworm, and in parts of Ohio, Mexican bean beetle.

These insects will continue to feed throughout the next month or so. See the fact sheet at on how to scout and manage for them. Remember that as flowering begins, the thresholds go down to 15% to 20%. However, with the good moisture in many parts of the state, note how much foliage and heavy canopy is in much of the soybeans, and remember to take into account the entire plant canopy when determining percent defoliation.

In addition, our OSU Extension western bean cutworm trapping network has shown a sharp increase in the number of adults caught. This indicates that oviposition is imminent and will occur over the next few weeks.

Egg masses are laid on the uppermost one o two leaves, especially those that remain in the vertical position.… Continue reading

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FTA paying off

In early July, a large Colombian importer networked with U.S. grains exporters in Texas, Alabama and Louisiana resulting in the purchase of more than 787,000 bushels of U.S. corn. This was the importer’s first purchase of U.S. corn in more than two years. With seven plants in Colombia, this importer is the largest animal feed manufacturer in Colombia and, thus, the relationship could lead to an important increase in U.S. corn exports to the country.

In 2008, U.S. corn imports accounted for 80% of the Colombian corn market. The delay in ratification of the U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement contributed to a decline in U.S. market share. By 2011, U.S. corn accounted for only 21% of that market.

A broad spectrum of agricultural organizations pushed vigorously for passage of the FTA and, in late 2011, this important trade agreement was ratified by the U.S. Congress. For the past few years, the Colombian importer purchased grain from other South American countries but, as the quality and supply reliability did not meet his expectations, he now can return to purchasing U.S.… Continue reading

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Revised Scrapie Flock Certification Program

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice in Federal Register on May 3, 2013, of its intent to revise the Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP) following a 30-day comment period. On June 3, the comment period closed. The revised SFCP is now in effect.

As before, the revised SFCP allows sheep and goat producers to increase the marketability of their animals by demonstrating a negligible scrapie risk in their flock. The revised SFCP also enhances APHIS’ scrapie surveillance strategy and will be helpful in the final push to eradicate this disease from the United States.

The Complete Monitored category has been eliminated from the SFCP. Flocks currently participating in this category, including Complete Monitored and Certified Flocks, have the option of converting to either the Export category or Select category of the revised SFCP. Complete Monitored and Certified Flock owners who want to convert to the Export or Select categories must inform their Veterinary Services area offices in writing of their intent to convert by Oct.… Continue reading

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OSU animal sciences professors honored

Steven Loerch, an animal nutrition professor at The Ohio State University, received the American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award at the American Society of Animal Science National Awards Program. He focuses on management strategies that can improve the efficiency, profitability and nutritional quality of beef production.

Throughout his career, Loerch enhanced understanding of basic biological processes through applied beef cattle and sheep research. His research focuses on the following topics:

•Nutrition and management strategies for newly weaned calves

•Manipulation of intake to improve production efficiency and carcass characteristics

•Low-cost winter feeding programs for beef cattle and sheep

•Use of alternative feedstuffs as a replacement for high-priced corn.

In addition, Ohio State nutrition professor Maurice Eastridge was recognized with the Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award at the American Dairy Science Association Awards program.… Continue reading

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Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association Summer Picnic

The Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association Summer Picnic will be held on Sunday Aug. 11 at the Turner Shorthorn Farm near Somerset in Perry County.

The event will feature ample opportunities to network with other Shorthorn breeders and meet with Montie Soules, the American Shorthorn Association executive secretary.

“It is a great opportunity for breeders to come together in one location and interact with one another. It gives them the opportunity to see different operations and learn new ideas,” said Mike Carper, the Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association president. “This year we have the national executive coming in and Ohio producers will have the chance to meet him and bounce ideas off of him. We started this up again a couple of years ago and it is something we look forward to each year.”

The event starts at 11:30 and lunch is served at 12:30. RSVP for the event by Aug. 5 at 740-743-2939 or at reading

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