Featured News



Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 215 | Ohio State Fair Recap

Dale, Dusty and Kolt recap the Ohio State Fair. Dusty talks to Abecka Ruggles of Huron County who exhibited the Reserve Champion pen of meat chickens at the fair. Matt sends back a report with Hainsley Hatfield of Muskingum County talking about her experience in the Grand Drive event. All of that and more thanks to Agrigold!

Continue reading

Read More »

Crop progress still ahead of last year

Dry weather throughout the week benefited crops in some areas of the State but caused moisture stress in other areas, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 75 percent adequate to surplus, down 11 percentage points from the previous week. Temperatures for the week ending August 8 were 1.6 degrees below historical normals, while the entire State averaged 0.40 inches of precipitation. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 8.

Farmers sprayed crops and mowed wheat stubble. Winter wheat harvest was complete. Alfalfa hay second cut progress was 97 percent complete while third cut was 55 percent complete. Oat harvest was 94 percent complete. Corn silking progress was rated 93 percent complete and corn dough was rated 51 percent complete. Corn condition was rated 80 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming was rated 90 percent complete while 72 percent of soybeans were setting pods.… Continue reading

Read More »

Dry weather setting in is causing crop, farmer, stress

Ross Black

We are plenty on the dry side. We maybe have gotten between a half and three-quarters of an inch in the last 2 weeks. We got a half a tenth the other night that relieved a little of the heat stress. I’m looking here in the next day or two to get the rains coming back again. We are just into the good sweet corn stage on the corn. Any rain we would get would help with kernel fill and pump some test weight into the corn. 

The beans actually look really good. If you get much out of our area they don’t look so well. We must have gotten just the right amount of moisture because they look really good. I was out in the beans yesterday and I didn’t really see any disease and not a lot of insect pressure. I am actually seeing pods forming from all the way at the bottom to the tip top of the beans.… Continue reading

Read More »

Grand Drive Junior Market Poultry results

Junior Market Chickens

Champion: Zane Ortman, Perry Co.
Reserve Champion: Abecka Ruggles, Huron Co.
Third: Natalie Fitzgerald, Cuyahoga Co.
Fourth: Marshall Jackson, Logan Co.
Fifth: Carmen Corcoran, Ross Co.

Reserve Champion Chickens: Abecka Ruggles, Huron Co.
Chickens Third: Natalie Fitzgerald, Cuyahoga Co.
Chickens Fourth: Marshall Jackson, Logan Co.
Chickens Fifth: Carmen Corcoran, Ross Co.

Junior Market Turkeys

Champion: Johnathan Woodward, Coshocton Co.
Reserve Champion: Jozie Jones, Clinton Co.
Third: Alex Kinney, Logan Co.

Champion Turkey: Johnathan Woodward, Coshocton Co.
Reserve Champion Turkey: Jozie Jones, Clinton Co.
Turkey Third: Alex Kinney, Logan Co.
Continue reading

Read More »

Manure incorporation with the H2O Ohio Program

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Livestock farmers have an opportunity to be a part of the H2O Ohio program on manure incorporation.  This program pays farmers for three years to apply manure to a cover crop or a growing crop in the summer or early fall.  The program is designed to encourage farmers to tie up nitrogen or phosphorus in manure to decrease the risk of manure or nutrient runoff into surface water.  Keeping nutrients and manure on the land and out the water helps to keep our water clean to drink (after treatment), and is good for recreational activities like swimming and fishing.

For farmers to get state funding, the local soil and water conservation district (SWCD) needs to approve a mandatory nutrient management plan for each farm.  When manure is applied, the local SWCD needs to be notified within 24 to 48 hours.  Every farm needs to follow the recommended setback distances and apply manure based on Ohio NRCS 590 standards. 

Continue reading

Read More »

Funding for river system improvements is moving forward

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in late July that would allocate millions of dollars in funding to improve the navigability of the Upper Mississippi River System, a vital national artery for the shipment of corn and other crops.

“Corn growers depend on the Mississippi River to deliver corn to key markets. When barges are delayed because of problems on the river, farmers are economically affected,” said Brooke Appleton, vice president of public policy for the National Corn Growers Association. “That’s why we have worked closely with members of Congress to get funding for this project passed.”
The House bill, which includes appropriations funding on other issues, provides $8.66 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Mission. From those funds, $22.5 million will go toward construction funding for the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP). NESP funding will be used to construct new locks on the river and help address efficiency issues with existing locks and dams.… Continue reading

Read More »

Blanchard River Demo Farms Network launches new website

At the three northwest Ohio farms involved in the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network, there is always something new and innovative happening to give all farmers in Ohio insights on agricultural practices that help reduce and prevent nutrient runoff. While most of the projects take place in the field, one of the latest improvements happened online with the unveiling of a new website.

“Over the first five years, we did a really good job of getting nonfarmers on the demo farms to showcase our research and convey some of the ways farmers are using best management practices for water quality and nutrient management,” said Jordan Hoewischer, director of water quality and research with Ohio Farm Bureau. “When we signed a new five-year agreement with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to continue work on our demo farms, we took that opportunity to put a major focus on farmer engagement and getting them to find out about some of the new practices they need to consider.”… Continue reading

Read More »

Prop 12 complaint denied

In late July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation’s joint complaint that California’s Proposition 12 is a violation of the U.S. Commerce Clause. 

Set to begin on Jan. 1, 2022, Proposition 12 imposes animal housing standards that reach outside of California’s borders to farms across the United States and beyond. NPPC is disappointed in the court’s decision, and maintains its position on Proposition 12: it is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. 

NPPC is evaluating the decision and next steps. The state was required to finalize implementation regulations by September 2019, and only issued the proposed regulations in May. In recent comments to the state’s proposed regulations, NPPC urged the state to delay the Proposition 12 implementation by at least two years from the date when the regulations are finalized.… Continue reading

Read More »

Monitoring Plant Health

By Jim Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services, and John Kemp

Farmers are often looking for a quick way to measure plant health.  Soil and tissue tests are commonly used, but the results may take several days or even weeks in some cases. This can be too late on a growing crop.  A quick and easy method to evaluate plant health is to measure a plant’s sap pH which gives instant feedback.

Jim Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

A plant’s sap pH represents the percentage of hydrogen ions in a solution or the liquid (sap) from the plant cell.  The pH ranges from 1 which is highly acid to 14 which highly alkaline. Since pH is a logarithm, a one pH unit change equals a tenfold change in the hydrogen ion concentration. If the pH is increased or decreased by two units, the hydrogen ion concentration changes by a hundredfold! A slight shift in plant sap pH can lead to disaster for the farmer.

Continue reading

Read More »

Ohio Ag Equipment announces rebranding

Ohio Ag Equipment, a division of Ohio Machinery Co., is announcing an extensive rebranding effort in response to increased company growth. At the heart of this rebranding, Ohio 

Ag Equipment is introducing a refreshed logo design, a new and improved website, as well as a new tagline, “Better Equipped.” 

Ohio Machinery Co. entered the ag industry in 2003, doing business as Ohio Cat, and established its agriculture equipment division in 2008. Over the past 18 years, Ohio Ag Equipment has continued to grow within the ag industry and establish itself as a trusted and knowledgeable equipment dealer in Ohio. The rebranding illustrates this evolution. 

“We have grown our business and footprint in Ohio over the last several years. Our brand relaunch represents the natural evolution of that transformation,” said Mike Mampieri, Ohio Ag Equipment’s General Manager. “Today, Ohio Ag Equipment offers seven full-service, ag-dedicated locations across Ohio. It’s imperative for our brand to reflect and promote our company as it is today and the tremendous value we offer.… Continue reading

Read More »

Massive spreads between posted bids and prices

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

Corn futures continue to trend sideways, as the market waits for the Aug. 12 USDA yield estimate. This week saw the first fields of the 2021 corn harvest begin in several southern states. 

As a result of harvest beginning in the South basis values will come under pressure. Old crop corn basis levels have been dropping over the last few weeks, but many basis bids throughout the U.S. still hover around +60 to +70. During the middle of harvest most of these same locations will likely be bidding -40 to -30. This means there will likely be a $1 per bushel decrease in basis values between now and the end of September regardless of what futures prices do. While this drop is likely slow for the next week or two it will begin to drop rapidly as the harvest pushes northward.

This past week the Gulf barge market, which is the most widely traded basis in the country, had bids and offers as wide as 60 cents.… Continue reading

Read More »

Corn Yield Contest deadline coming soon

Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and the National Corn Growers Association members have until Aug. 18 to sign up for the 2021 Corn Yield Contest. To enter visit www.ncga.com. Entering the National Corn Yield Contest automatically enters participants in the Ohio Corn Yield Contest.

In the Ohio Yield Contest, prizes include Trophy Recognition to first and second place in each of Ohio’s 9 grower districts. In addition, the overall state winner gets 1-year free lease on Unverferth Seed Tender and the overall state runner-up gets Bayer fungicide. Both top spots are also eligible for NCGA category prizes.

For questions, contact Brad Moffitt at (614) 530-1957 or bmoffitt@ohiocornandwheat.org.… Continue reading

Read More »

Plenty of market uncertainty moving into August

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

As we move into August, we would normally be seeing much higher consensus about expected U.S. corn and soybean yields. Nothing could be further from the truth for this unusual growing season in the U.S. For weeks many have called this a growing season of the “haves versus the have nots.” Consistent rains in June and early July in the eastern Corn Belt states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio have many producers expecting above average corn and soybean yields. Several of those rains were broad in coverage.  

Conversely, the northern Corn Belt states of Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota would be called the “have nots,” with poor yields, as they have consistently during June and July experienced numerous hot and dry periods of a week or more. Rains then followed, broad in scope and geographic coverage for several states, but severely lacking in significant amounts of rain of one inch or more.… Continue reading

Read More »

Summer ag law harvest

By Jeffrey K. Lewis, attorney and research specialist, Ohio State University Agricultural & Resource Law 

Did you know that Giant Panda Cubs can be as small as a stick of butter? A panda mother is approximately 900 times bigger than her newborn cub, which can weigh less than 5 ounces. This is like an 8-pound human baby having a mother that weighed 7,200 pounds — this size difference may explain why so many panda cubs die from accidentally being crushed by their mothers. However, not everything is doom and gloom for the Giant Panda. Chinese officials have officially downgraded pandas from “endangered” to “vulnerable.” Although the International Union for Conservation of Nature re-labelled, the Panda as “vulnerable” in 2016, China wanted to make sure that the population of its national treasure continued to grow before downgrading the panda’s classification. 

Although it seems as though pandas are thriving thanks to conservation efforts in China, not all animal species in China are so lucky.… Continue reading

Read More »

Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 214 | Ohio State Fair & 100% Chance of Banter

In this special Ohio State Fair edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast powered by AgriGold, fresh off the Breeding Grand Drive, Matt has caught up with Emma Preston and Olivia Rinesmith, the outgoing and incoming Lamb & Wool Ambassadors. He also catches up with Dyllan Knoll of Huron County, who exhibits dairy cows at the fair. Dusty sends back a report from VanTilburg Farms in this month’s edition of the Ohio Field Leader Podcast. All of that plus “100% chance of banter” in this episode of the podcast!… Continue reading

Read More »

Using on-farm research to learn locally

By Alan Leininger, Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension — Henry County

Justin Morrill stated during his 1858 speech for proposing the land-grant act named after him: “We need careful, exact, and systematized registration of experiments — such as can be made at thoroughly scientific institutions.”

Since the installation of the land-grant system in 1862, there have be universities across the United States conducting experiments on a variety of agricultural topics. Disciplines such as animal science, agronomy, soil science, horticulture, and engineering are just a few areas in which these institutions, including The Ohio State University, have been trying to develop improved approaches of producing food, feed, and energy today.

At Ohio State and within Ohio State University Extension, research has moved from plot-scale years ago to conducting research on-farm today. This on-farm research not only serves to answer individual farmers’ questions, but is also part of larger research efforts to understand the impact of crop production practices on farm profitability and environmental impact.… Continue reading

Read More »

Ohio New and Small Farm College events set for 2021

By Tony Nye, Ohio State University Extension educator

Bringing small farms in Ohio to life is the theme of the New and Small Farm College program that has been offered to farm families since 2005. The program focuses on the increasing number of new and small farm landowners that have a need for comprehensive farm ownership and management programming.

The mission of the college is to provide a greater understanding of production practices, economics of land use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and the identification of sources of assistance.

The New and Small Farm College has three educational objectives:

  1. To improve the economic development of small farm family-owned farms
  2. To help small farm landowners and families diversify their opportunities into successful new enterprises
  3. To improve agricultural literacy among small farm landowners not actively involved in agriculture.

Since the program began, the New and Small Farm College has now reached over 1,175 participants from 57 Ohio counties representing almost 900 farms.… Continue reading

Read More »

Does pipeline installation have a lasting effect on crop yields?

By Steve CulmanTheresa Brehm, Ohio State University Extension

Numerous underground oil and gas pipelines have been installed through Ohio farmland over the past several years. This has left many growers wondering if this installation will have lasting impacts on their soils and crops.

Last fall, we collected soil and yield samples from 24 different farms impacted by pipeline installation in seven counties throughout Northern Ohio. The Rover, Utopia, and Nexus pipelines were targeted because of their recent installation, with each pipeline installed within the last 3 to 4 years. 

This shows yield data with each point representing a different field sampled. Negative values to the left of dashed red line indicate percent yield reductions over the pipeline relative to the non-impacted area. 

Grain crops like corn and soybeans were the primary focus. We sampled in two major zones for this study: the right-of-way (ROW) over the pipeline, also known as the easement area, as well as an adjacent, undisturbed area of the same field.… Continue reading

Read More »