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USDA punts in uneventful report

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

After the noon report was released, corn was down 4 cents, soybeans down 10 cents, and wheat  down 21 cents. Just before the report, corn was up 2 cents, soybeans down 6 cents, and wheat down 13 cents.

Typically, the December WASDE Report is a boring report. Today USDA will not be providing US corn and soybean yield and production numbers, a decades old trend. USDA will insert the same numbers they published November 9. Final US corn and soybean yield and production will be published with the January 12, 2022 WASDE Report.

Trade volume at the CBOT this week has been light ahead of today’s USDA WASDE Report.

Corn for ethanol was unchanged, US soybean exports were unchanged.  

US corn ending stocks for 2021-2022 were 1.493 billion bushels, last month, 1.493 billion bushels. US soybean ending stocks were 340 million bushels, last month, 340 million bushels.… Continue reading

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What’s our no-till message to the feds?

By Randall Reeder, P.E., Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired)

Our leading no-till farmers can easily explain to other farmers the advantages of continuous no-till, cover crops, and crop rotation. And those other farmers will understand the points, even if they disagree. 

But when the same points are made to the typical government employees or elected officials in Washington, you’ll likely get a blank stare and a question, “What’s no-till?”

At our Ohio No-till Conference on Dec. 8, Bill Richards, Jim Moseley and Fred Yoder will lead a discussion to arrive at a clear, succinct message. Richards and Yoder have no-tilled for many years. They have years of experience “communicating” with Washington folks, including the 98% who know nothing about no-till farming. Moseley is from Indiana and a former chief of USDA-NRCS. You can watch their comments and the rest of the Conference at

Interestingly, I’ve been asked by Lessiter Media (publisher of No-till Farmer and organizer of the National No-till Conference) to head up a group to compile a Top 15 list of research articles on no-till.… Continue reading

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2021 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium recap

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean check-off

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the only thing better than the food at Der Dutchman in Plain City was the discussion during the 2021 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium. Farmers and commodity group leaders gathered from across the state to discuss the business of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA). Both organizations conducted their respective annual meetings, and a Presidents Leadership Panel discussion was held with OCWGA President Kelly Harsh and OCWGA Executive Director Tadd Nicholson, along with OSA President Ryan Rhoades and OSA Executive Director Kirk Merritt.

One of the featured topics during the Symposium was Tax Policy and American Agriculture in 2022 and the changes that are coming. Jay Truitt, president and CEO of Policy Solutions, a Washington, D.C. based Policy Advisory Group focusing on agricultural, international trade, and tax policy focused on the process going on in Washington.… Continue reading

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Steve Reinhard of Crawford County elected USB treasurer

Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) board member Steve Reinhard was elected to lead the national United Soybean Board (USB) as its treasurer. Reinhard has served on USB since 2017 and previously served as the Demand Action Team Chair.

“We’d like to congratulate Steve on his new leadership position,” said Jeff Magyar, OSC chairman and Ashtabula County soybean farmer. “His involvement on USB is already a testament to his dedication to create better opportunities for soybean farmers in Ohio and across the nation. In this new role, Steve will be able to take that passion to the next level.”

Reinhard farms 1,300 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat in Bucyrus. In addition to his position on USB, he serves on the OSC Board of Trustees, where he has previously served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer. In addition to his roles on OSC and USB, Reinhard also represents Ohio on the Soy Transportation Coalition Board of Trustees.… Continue reading

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Kayli Long named Ohio Pork Council Producer Education Manager

The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to welcome Kayli Long to the staff as the organization’s Producer Education Manager beginning December 6, 2021. 

“The Ohio Pork Council is excited to have Kayli join our team,” said Cheryl Day, Executive Vice President. “We know her experience, talents and passion for agriculture will be a powerful addition to our organization.” 

Long joins the Ohio Pork Council with a passion for educating and promoting the agricultural industry, where her roots run deep. Having spent her youth growing up in Marion County, Long was heavily involved in both the Marion County 4-H program and the Ridgedale FFA chapter, where she held countless leadership positions. Long’s time in the FFA spent competing in events such as state public speaking, livestock judging, and job interview have helped to shape her into a passionate and well-rounded agriculturalist in today’s industry. 

Prior to accepting the role of Producer Education Manager, Long had served as the organization’s communications intern during the summer of 2021.… Continue reading

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Dairy defined: Tough times arrive in fake-food land

By The National Milk Producers Federation

The hype couldn’t last forever. 

No matter how many celebrity funders are brought on board or “next best thing” pitches are made to launch a product, eventually, over-the-top marketing comes back to bite, and that’s what’s been happening in the world of fake food. Here are a couple recent examples.

Oatly, the darling of the plant-based beverage set, lost one-fifth of its trading value in one day last month after warning it wouldn’t meet revenue expectations. As is the fashion of the day, Oatly blamed the pandemic and supply chains, but the simple truth is, consumer demand isn’t what it was earlier hyped up to be. Third-quarter sales in the Americas, expected at 40 million liters a month, fell short by 3 million. 

The company is facing quality control issues as well, with a recall in its native Sweden for potential loose metal in its products.… Continue reading

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Spreads suggest undervalued corn needs to trade at $6

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

Usually, the corn market is in a carry this time of year, meaning futures values are higher in later months versus current months. When the market is in a carry there is an incentive for those with storage capacity to hold grain for later use. 

Last week the December corn futures entered its delivery period and is now worth more than the March contract. This suggests the market wants corn sooner than later. Having an inverse in the futures market at this point in the marketing year is uncommon for corn and may signify corn is undervalued.

Is corn really undervalued?

Since harvest finished throughout the U.S., basis values have continued to climb much higher. Some end users in recent weeks have had to increase their basis bids by 20 cents or more to keep corn flowing into their facilities. Others have turned to free storage or fancy marketing gimmicks to encourage farmers to deliver their corn right now.… Continue reading

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Summers named Ohio’s State Veterinarian

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda announced Dennis Summers as Chief of the Division of Animal Health, which is charged with protecting and promoting the health of Ohio’s livestock and poultry industries. In that capacity, he serves as Ohio’s State Veterinarian and oversees all operations for the division.

Summers first joined ODA in 2014 as a field veterinarian for the Division of Meat Inspection, then was transferred to ODA’s Division of Animal Health in the same capacity in 2015. He was appointed to the position of Assistant State Veterinarian in 2018 and then Interim State Veterinarian in 2021.

Prior to his service at ODA, Dr. Summers was a private practitioner in Vermont, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. His areas of practice focused on large animal medicine and surgery, mainly dairy, equine, and beef, but also some small ruminants and exotics.

Summers was born and raised in Muskingum County. He attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies, majoring in Animal Sciences, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 2001.… Continue reading

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Government grants reprieve on potash sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls agreed to provide a reprieve through April of next year on sanctions on potash fertilizers imported to the U.S. from Belarus.  

“This is a win for the American farmer,” said Chris Edgington, Iowa farmer and National Corn Growers Association president. “Farmers are having a very hard time securing fertilizers, so a positive development like this couldn’t come at a better time.” 

NCGA and other groups initiated dialogue in November with the Treasury Department expressing concern that sanctions on potash were resulting in fertilizer shortages across the country. 

As farmers have struggled to secure and pay for fertilizers and other inputs, NCGA has been sounding the alarm saying that tariffs and sanctions on imports only make a bad situation worse. 
“The American farmer should not have to suffer for the trade practices of foreign governments or for disagreement between multi-national corporations,” Edgington said.… Continue reading

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More than 600,000 miles later, B100 runs straight through year-long pilot project

B100 is one step closer to being a reality for commercial fleet operations thanks to the results of a pilot program that tested the fuel in five class-8 over-the-road trucks. The pilot, which was a collaboration among ADM, Optimus Technologies, Illinois Soybean Association, American Lung Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, opens a pathway for significantly higher volumes of biodiesel in U.S. fleets moving forward.

“Today, most diesel engine manufacturers allow biodiesel up to B20 in their engines, but as we look toward the future and carbon reduction needs, we are looking for opportunities to run higher blends in this very necessary market,” said Scott Fenwick, technical director of the National Biodiesel Board. “The Optimus Vector System, an after-market system, allows engines to run on almost entirely B100 fuel year-round. And, run they did.”

The program, partially funded through the soybean checkoff, started in February of 2020 and ended in July 2021 with the five trucks totaling 623,922 miles during the trial.… Continue reading

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Stories from the Steak Barn

By Matt Reese

Ribeye sandwich with extra onions? Cheeseburger? Chopped steak sandwich? Malt vinegar on those fries? Regardless of personal preferences, most everyone acquainted with Ohio’s beef industry and the Ohio State Fair has some experience with the offerings of the Steak Barn.  

The tradition of serving up delicious ribeye sandwiches at the Ohio State Fair has brought nourishment, camaraderie and a connection with Ohio’s cattle industry to many diners since 1984. The Steak Barn — a State Fair staple located between the Voinovich Livestock Arena and the Butter Cow Display — got its start as a unique fundraiser.

In 1981, the Margaretta Junior High cheerleaders wanted to improve their skills by going to a cheer camp, but they needed to find a way to pay for it. They settled on the idea of setting up a concession stand to raise the needed funds. Bob Wright from Clyde, the father of one of those cheerleaders, went to work in his WR Farms shop crafting a vision into what would become the Steak Barn.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 230 | Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Preview

Ty Higgins joins us (and maybe helps us along) in this weeks episode of the podcast presented by AgriGold. He’s here to talk about the upcoming Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting this week. Dusty has updates from the Grain Farmers Symposium from both Jay Truitt and Ben Brown. All of that and more in the podcast presented by AgriGold.… Continue reading

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A look back at 2021 from Between the Rows

Ross Black

We saw both extremes. Whether it was from drought to flood, it was pretty darn close to both of those several times. It was a challenging year. From the start we were wet and cold when we started planting. The best lesson we learned this year was waiting. Once the ground warmed up and got fit we planted and it gave our crops a good start. On from that, we kept scouting and kept track of everything. 

It was extremely wet here on my ground in northwestern Pickaway County while corn was coming up. I’m glad I put more nitrogen on and I found places that could’ve used more nitrogen. We had a 4-inch rain event early in the season and I lost some nitrogen. It showed when I was harvesting. The field still made 195, but I think I lost 15 or 20 bushels because of the nitrogen that got away.… Continue reading

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USDA to begin National Agricultural Classification Survey in preparation for upcoming 2022 Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mails the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) this month to more than a million potential U.S. agricultural producers, in preparation for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. The NACS will ask survey recipients if they are involved in agricultural activity and for basic farm information. Response to the NACS is required by law for all who receive the questionnaire, even if the recipient is not an active farmer or rancher. Questionnaires can be completed online or by mail. The response deadline is Jan. 24. 

“NACS plays an integral role in getting a complete count of U.S. agriculture,” said Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. “It is one of the most important early steps to determine who should receive next year’s Census of Agriculture questionnaire. Every response to NACS is vital.”

USDA defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products are produced and sold, or are normally sold, during the year.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau launches new website

Ohio Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, has launched a new website.

Enhancements to the new include a new look, intuitive design for easy navigation and an upgraded engagement experience for members and those interested in Ohio agriculture.

“We designed this website to better serve our members as we continue to learn more about them and their needs when it comes to public policy, advocacy and our staff of experts,” said Pete Leonard, chief information officer for Ohio Farm Bureau. “It will also help tell the story of agriculture as it is chock full of valuable information about what our organization does on behalf of Ohio farmers and about the work farmers do every day to provide all of us with food, fiber and fuel.”

In addition, the clean, new layout of the website also highlights Ohio Farm Bureau’s involvement in our communitiesacross the state, including beneficial programs created by county Farm Bureaus, the amazing achievements of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and the excitement behind the organization’s Young Agricultural Professionals.… Continue reading

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Golden Butter lawsuit

By Jeffrey K. Lewis, Attorney and Research Specialist, Ohio State University Agricultural & Resource Law

Hawa Kamara decided to file a lawsuit against Pepperidge Farm, Inc. after purchasing “Golden Butter” crackers at a local Target store in New York. According to the ingredients list attached to Kamara’s complaint, the crackers were made with butter but also included vegetable oils. Kamara asserted that the presence of vegetable oils makes the “Golden Butter” packaging misleading and/or deceptive because a reasonable consumer would conclude the crackers were “all or predominantly made with butter.” 

A Federal District Court in New York, however, did not find the packaging misleading or deceptive. The court reasoned that “the packaging accurately indicated that the product contained butter, and the ingredients list confirmed that butter predominated over other oils and fats.” Further, the court argued that a reasonable consumer could believe the “Golden Butter” labeling described the product’s flavor and not the ingredient proportions.… Continue reading

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Soybeans are still the star, and that’s why the second corn crop continues to be Brazil’s “little crop”

By Daniele Siqueira, AgRural Commodities Agrícolas 

Christmas lights are everywhere once again and that is a reminder for Brazilian farmers: it is December already and time to make or break the soybean crop. I am writing this article early in the month, while the crop in central states (such as top producer Mato Grosso) develops in very good shape, already heading into the pod-filling stage with abundant rain and excellent yield prospects.  

Daniele Siqueira

Things have been good too in the Southeast and in the North/Northeast of the country, where most of the soybeans are still in vegetative stages. In the South, on the other hand, a drier and warmer pattern has slowed the soybean planting in Rio Grande do Sul, our third largest producer, and made farmers concerned about areas in reproductive stages in parts of Paraná, Brazil’s second-largest producer, especially because forecasts for the first half of December show little rain and high temperatures. … Continue reading

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2021 fall soybean weed survey results

By Stephanie Karhoff (OSUE Williams County) and Chris Zoller (OSUE Tuscarawas County)

What are the most troublesome weed species in Ohio soybean fields? OSU Extension Educators sought to answer this question by surveying an estimated 204,641 soybean acres as part of the annual Fall Soybean Weed Survey.

Since 2006, OSU Extension has recorded weed escapes in soybean fields across the state to monitor weed population shifts and potential for herbicide development. Results also inform future weed management research and programming efforts. This article outlines results of the 2021 fall soybean weed survey.

Prior to soybean harvest, each participating Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension Educator drives a circular route in their county observing on average, 100 fields. Species of weeds present, and to what extent, are recorded for each observed field. Infestation level is measured as either low, moderate, or severe. 

This year, 36 counties participated in the survey and observed an estimated 3,625 fields with an average field size of 56 acres (Table 1). … Continue reading

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