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Wheat Field Day

Variety development, fungicide and insects will be among the topics discussed by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during Wheat Field Day June 20.

The event runs 9-11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 4240 Range Line Road, Custar. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will include demonstrations on wide-row wheat management practices, said Laura Lindsey, an Ohio State University Extension soybean and small grain specialist.

OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.

Lindsey’s research on wide-row wheat planting looks at the impact of planting in 15-inch row spacing as compared to the traditional 7.5-inch spacing.

“Interest is growing among farmers in wide-row planting because it allows farmers to use a planter instead of a drill and also allows them to intercrop soybeans,” she said.… Continue reading

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Select Sires Inc. hires Jordan Simonson as Multimedia Communications Specialist

JordanJordan Simonson has joined Select Sires as a multimedia communications specialist. He will be responsible for creating interactive media including video, administering the corporate training site, coordinating audio projects and managing audio and visual needs for meetings and conferences. Simonson will be based in the Plain City, Ohio office.

“I am delighted to welcome Jordan into the Select Sires family. With a strong passion for the dairy industry and relevant communications experience he will make an excellent addition to the communications team,” explains Shirley Kaltenbach, Select Sires director of communications.

Simonson is a May 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in life sciences communication and agricultural and applied economics. While in college Simonson took on an active role with the National Agri-Marketing Association and Collegiate FFA. He participated in several communications internships where he honed his design and multimedia skills.

“I am excited to join Select Sires,” says Simonson.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace High School graduate receives AGCO-Sponsored FFA Collegiate Scholarship

AGCO is the sponsor of a National FFA Collegiate Scholarship awarded to Judith Straathof of Miami Trace High School in Washington Court House, Ohio. Straathof is one of 18 outstanding FFA members to receive a scholarship sponsored by AGCO and AGCO Finance, said Jason Marx, vice president of marketing, AGCO North America. Scholarships were provided through the 2012–2013 FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program. 

“These students are selected based on the leadership they have shown in their schools and communities and for their academic excellence,” Marx said. “FFA played a major role in helping them set and achieve their goals. Now, AGCO is proud to help support them in their continuing efforts to excel.”

For the 2012-2013 FFA scholarship year, AGCO and more than 60 of the company’s dealers also provided 121 $1,000 scholarships to deserving FFA members in each dealer’s local community. This endeavor began in 2011 and involves financial contributions from the local dealer and AGCO.… Continue reading

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Sheep grazing management tour

Sheep owners are invited to participate in the sheep grazing management tour scheduled for July 12 in Holmes County. The tour will be conducted in the scenic Charm area, with stops at 4 Amish sheep farms. Topics to be discussed at the farms will include information for the beginning sheep farmer using low cost start-up investment, cool season pasture species, warm season annuals, use of minerals, fencing and rotation management, breeding management and marketing. Each farm will have something different to offer as they explain how their sheep operation works for their farm and family. The sharing of ideas is how we all learn.

Resource people for the day will be Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services, Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension Morrow County, Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Wayne County and Troyce Barnett, NRCS grasslands specialist. They will be on hand to provide information about pasture grasses, grazing management, sheep production and to answer questions.… Continue reading

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Cornbelt Crop Report {May 30, 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

The northwestern Ohio and southern Michigan regions continue to enjoy a great spring.  They are now transitioning to applying nitrogen and other field work.  The wheat is fully-headed and anticipates wheat harvest to start July 8-10.  The forecast has an 80-90% chance of heavy rain this weekend.  They will take it.

Henderson, KY

Producers have been able to get back in the field.  The majority of the replanting on corn that went in May 1-3 has been done, and they hope to wrap up bean planting by this weekend.  They do have a good chance of rain through Sunday.  They will be one of the first locations to run wheat, so we look forward to what yields they will report.… Continue reading

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BSE risk now negligible in U.S.

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) announced that it has recognized the United States as having the lowest possible risk of BSE in its cattle population. This “negligible risk” designation by the international standard setting body follows a thorough assessment of the BSE-related risk in the United States by an OIE committee of experts.

The committee’s recommendation that the OIE grants the United States negligible BSE risk status reflects the effective BSE surveillance and mitigation measures that have been in place in the United States for many years and the extremely low incidence of the disease in the U.S. cattle herd.

“This announcement by OIE’s Scientific Commission is very positive news for U.S. cattle producers. The U.S. being classified as negligible risk for BSE by the OIE further solidifies the fact that the safety and health of our cattle and our beef is a top priority for American cattlemen and women,” said Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President-Elect.… Continue reading

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Cereal leaf beetles showing up around Ohio

Wheat and oat growers are scrambling to stay ahead of cereal leaf beetles munching on their crops.

Some wheat growers in Ohio are reporting outbreaks of cereal leaf beetle in numbers that could cause economic losses in grain, according to an entomologist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Some growers have reported adult cereal leaf beetles in their fields along with larvae in large enough populations to potentially cause losses of up to 40% in both wheat and oats, Ron Hammond said.

With wheat nearing or reaching the flag leaf emergence and the boot stage, the crop is coming into the susceptible period where significant feeding on the flag leaf can cause a major reduction in yield, said Hammond, who also holds an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

“This is something that may be going on across the state and is something that we need to pay attention to now,” Hammond said.… Continue reading

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Genetically engineered wheat found in Oregon field

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat plants. Further testing by USDA laboratories indicate the presence of the same genetically engineered GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005. APHIS launched a formal investigation after being notified by an Oregon State University scientist that initial tests of wheat samples from an Oregon farm indicated the possible presence of GE glyphosate-resistant wheat plants.

“We are taking this situation very seriously and have launched a formal investigation,” said Michael Firko, Acting Deputy Administrator for APHIS’ Biotechnology Regulatory Services, “Our first priority is to as quickly as possible determine the circumstances and extent of the situation and how it happened. … Continue reading

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Chinese meat processor agrees to purchase Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., a Chinese meat processor, has agreed to purchase Smithfield Foods, Inc. for approximately $4.72 billion. China is a world leader in pork consumption and already an important market for U.S. pork.

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is the world’s largest pork producer with brands including Armour and Farmland. Smithfield shareholders will receive $34 per share, which is a 31% premium over the closing stock price of $25.97 yesterday. The boards of both companies unanimously approved the purchase that is pending approval from Smithfield shareholders. The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year and is valued $7.1 billion, including debt.… Continue reading

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Salamanders are ecological indicators

Ohio’s salamanders offer good signs — and red flags — on the quality of the state’s environment, said an Ohio State University wildlife specialist.

Twenty-four salamander species call Ohio home, said Marne Titchenell, who works in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). She’s a co-author of “Getting to Know Salamanders in Ohio: Life History and Management, a book aimed at woodland owners, nature lovers and others.

“Salamanders are silent and spend most of their lives hidden, so people rarely see them,” Titchenell said. “But they’re there. And they’re often quite abundant.”

Getting to Know Salamanders (22 pages, $7.50) gives details on Ohio’s common species, how to see them, where to see them and how to take care of the places they live. It’s published by Ohio State University Extension and can be bought through the organization’s county offices or its online eStore, http://go.osu.edu/salamander.

OSU Extension is CFAES’s statewide outreach arm.… Continue reading

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New disease forcasting model for wheat

Head scab is a perennial concern for Ohio wheat production and one of the most significant production challenges for the crop. To help address this challenge, Ohio State University Extension specialists have been improving forecasting models.

The crop in Ohio is nearing the critical flowering growth stage, and with rainfall and drastic temperature changes forecast for the next few days, some growers are concerned about disease development, according to a wheat expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

While wet, humid conditions during flowering can lead to head scab development, the cooler temperatures helped to slow down this disease, said Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension wheat researcher.

At this point, much of Ohio’s wheat is in good shape and likely to continue flowering during this last week of May, which is the critical stage when people are concerned about disease development, said Paul, who is also a plant pathologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – May 28th, 2013

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Farmers in Ohio aren’t quite done planting corn, but as of Tuesday, 89% of the crop is planted. Soybeans aren’t far behind with 70% in the ground.

There were six days suitable for field work in Ohio during the week ending May 19 according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Farmers continue to make significant planting progress due to the warm weather and low precipitation, with a number of areas reporting near completion for planting of oats, corn, and soybeans. The lack of rain, however, has had a slightly negative effect on soil moisture. Several producers delayed further planting until after the next storm system moves through. Some showers began over the weekend but appear to be scattered and localized. The first cutting of hay is progressing in most areas, with a few farmers holding off due to rain. A freeze over the weekend caused some concern, with at least one report of damage to fruit crops.… Continue reading

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USDA issues final rule to amend COOL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle-cut commodities covered under the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program.

The final rule modifies the labeling provisions for muscle-cut covered commodities to require the origin designations to include information about where each of the production steps (i.e., born, raised, slaughtered) occurred and removes the allowance for commingling of muscle cuts. For instance, a steer born in Canada, but raised and slaughtered in the United States would be labeled effectively in that manner, “Born in Canada, Raised and Slaughtered in the United States.” For all domestic animals, the label would change from “Product of the U.S.” to “Born, Raised and Slaughtered in the U.S.”

In June 2012, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) affirmed an earlier WTO panel decision finding that the United States’ COOL requirements for certain meat commodities discriminated against Canadian and Mexican livestock imports and thus, were inconsistent with the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.… Continue reading

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Watch out for black cutworm

Black cutworm moths have been migrating back to Indiana, Ohio and other neighboring states as indicated by the pheromone traps. They do not overwinter in the Corn Belt and usually come up from the southwest. The moths have been laying eggs and they might hatch at about the same time our corn crop has germinated and is in the early seedling stage. Purdue Entomologists John Obermeyer and Christian Krupke recently issued advice concerning black cutworm.

• Many factors can determine if cutworm will attack your fields.

• Scout your corn often once it is up and apply foliar applications of insecticides if black cutworm reaches economic threshold levels. Your seedsman or agronomist can help you determine when the economic threshold level is reached.

• Consider the size of the larvae and the stage of feeding on your corn crop. The price of corn versus the cost of the insecticide application also enters the equation.… Continue reading

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Prevented planting deadlines

Heavy rainfall, floods and cool temperatures across the Midwest have slowed planting this spring. For crop insurance, the final planting date for corn in Ohio is June 5. The final planting date for soybeans is June 20, according the the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Here are some basic guidelines for those unable to plant because of an insurable cause of loss by the final planting date. The RMA said the options include:

• Plant during the 25 day late planting period. There is a one percent reduction per day of yield guarantee.

• Not plant a crop and receive a prevented planting payment.

• After the late planting period ends, plant the acreage to another crop and receive a reduced prevented planting payment.

The most important thing to do if unable to plant the crop by the final planting date is contact a crop insurance agent to review your policy and options before you make a decision.… Continue reading

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Ohio pork producers talk pork at nutrition conference

Recently, the Ohio Pork Producers Council attended the 92nd Annual Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Ohio Dietetic Association) Conference. OPPC went to the event to take part in the tradeshow and offer insight on how pigs are raised and pork is produced on modern farms. Approximately 260 total individuals attended this event; just over 200 of those were dieticians.

OPPC utilized a small; model pig barn to illustrate what goes on inside real barns and how the buildings can be used for the benefit and protection of the animals. This model is just one of nearly 30 models, originally developed by OPPC, that is utilized at events across the nation.

“The barn was a starting point to open conversations and show how pigs live in barns and how technology is changing farms,” said Jennifer Keller, Director of Marketing and Promotions, OPPC. “It’s still families that own and operate the farms, but technology has enabled one person to care for more animals.… Continue reading

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Meet the Staff – Ty Higgins

Excitement beams from Ty Higgins’ face when he starts to see dust flying across a farm field. Ty has over 16 years in the radio business under his belt, but still approaches each new season with curiosity to meet and track down the story of the person who is kicking up that dust. As Director of Broadcast Operations and Farm Broadcaster for Ohio Ag Net, Ty broadcasts the afternoon programs and market close, leads commercial production, shoots and edits video, and provides stories to Ohio’s Country Journal and ocj.com. He also provides about 15 programs for the Kentucky and Tennessee Ag Nets.

“I don’t always know who I will meet when I jump into a tractor, but after a Cab Cam or impromptu visit, I never forget any of the outstanding individuals whose stories I am honored to share,” Ty said.

Ty’s career has really come full circle in the last couple of years, and he couldn’t be happier.… Continue reading

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Grassland Reserve Program signup

The Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, announced today the 2013 deadline for accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP).  The deadline for submitting GRP applications is June 3, 2013 for applicants to submit offers for GRP rental contracts.

The GRP is a jointly administered program between FSA and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  The GRP was revitalized as a part of the 2008 Farm Bill with a goal of enrolling 1.2 million acres nationwide.  The purpose of GRP is to assist landowners and operators to protect grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources on eligible private lands.

Both agencies accept applications on a continuous basis; however, ranking dates are established to evaluate and select applications for current year funding.  Any applications received after June 3, 2013 shall be retained until the next ranking period.  Producers not accepted during previous GRP sign-ups must reapply to be considered for enrollment in 2013.… Continue reading

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International Maize Alliance addresses global concerns

Some of the world’s major corn producing countries are formally collaborating on major global issue affecting the crop and the future of agriculture.

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC), along with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain and ABRAMILHO (Brazilian Association of Corn Producers) signed a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance of North and South American maize (corn) producers to collaborate on a global basis to address key issues concerning food security, biotechnology, stewardship, trade and producer image.

The organizations will function under the name, MAIZALL — The International Maize Alliance.
Signatories to the memorandum representing the producer organizations included: Don Fast, Chairman, USGC; Pam Johnson, President, NCGA; Alberto Morelli, Chairman, MAIZAR; and Sergio Luiz Bortolozzo, 2nd Vice President, ABRAMILHO. The MAIZALL alliance was launched as part of the MAIZAR 2013 Congress meeting in Buenos Aires. Argentina

“Food Security is a priority for every country,” said Pam Johnson, NCGA President.… Continue reading

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Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Board celebrates 20 Years

The Certified Crop Adviser Program is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. The U.S. agricultural industry designed and implemented the CCA Program in response to an increased need for agronomic expertise to address environmental concerns

The program was developed around professional training, certification and self-regulation. In 1993, testing for the certification began for any crop adviser or consultant who spends the majority of their time advising growers on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program. The program operates in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and India.

“CCAs are more important than ever before,” said Tim Berning, Ohio CCA board chairman. “The CCA program has respect and credibility from government agencies and private agricultural industry, and we are being looked upon to provide answers and help educate our growers on better nutrient management.”

The International Certified Crop Adviser Program is the largest voluntary agricultural certification program in North America. More than 13,000 agronomy professionals across the world have met the standards set by the American Society of Agronomy to become certified, and 576 of those are certified through the Ohio CCA Program.… Continue reading

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