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Ohio Corn & Wheat celebrates yield contest winners

The 2023 growing season had some amazing corn yields across the State of Ohio. The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers annually host the Ohio Corn Yield Contest. Part of that contest is a 300+ bushel per acre club. There were 21 of the entries in the Corn yield contest qualifying for the 300+ bushel club. The overall winner in Ohio was Corey Farrens from Madison County with a yield of 340.46 bushels per acre. Corey, along with his agronomist from Nutrien Ag Solutions, Scott Spelman, visit with Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenburg and share about the past growing season, never letting the corn have a bad day, and the team approach it took to get to the top corn yield in the contest. Runner-up in the state was Don Jackson of Preble County with 324.7-bushel corn.

Farrens and Jackson were also winners in the National Corn Yield Contest. Farrons was third in the Conventional Non-irrigated Class  and Jackson was third in the Strip-till Non-irrigated Class. … Continue reading

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Commodity marketing workshop Feb. 28 in Wayne County

By John Yost, OSU Extension Educator- Wayne County

The Ohio State University Extension – Wayne County, will be hosting a one-day commodity marketing strategies workshop on Feb. 28 for grain, beef cattle, and dairy producers.  Participants will learn: how to write a marketing plan, how to establish price targets, futures and option market pricing strategies, and the use of crop and livestock insurance products to protect against market declines.  The workshop is sponsored by Farm Credit of Mid-America, Gerber Feed Services, and Walnut Hill Feeds.  The program will be held from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Buckeye Agriculture Museum in Wooster, and costs $20 per participant.  For more information, please visit our website at wayne.osu.edu, or to register call 330-264-8722.… Continue reading

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Winning the War Against White Mold, Part 2 Disease Management

This is a three-part series on Winning the War Against White Mold.
Click here to read Part 1—Disease Development.

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

White mold disease management begins with understanding the conditions that must be met for white mold to infect a susceptible soybean crop. “Once white mold has been identified in a field, or we are concerned about white mold developing, we have quite a few options for management of the disease,” said Dr. Wade Webster, Assistant Professor, Soybean Pathology, North Dakota State University. “The use of chemical applications is primarily where a growers attention will turn. For these applications we have a number of fungicide options and one herbicide option. That herbicide has the active ingredient lactofen. It has been shown to have active control of white mold to certain levels.”

Application timing is important for successful disease control.… Continue reading

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Hear Ohio Ag Net on 100.5 WKXA

We continue our series highlighting the outstanding Ohio Ag Net radio affiliates carrying the best in Ohio ag news.

This week, we say thank you to 100.5 WXKA serving Hancock and surrounding counties, with coverage airing at 5:30 a.m., 11:50 and 3:20 p.m. Tune in to hear the Ohio Ag Net Monday-Friday, alongside their other local ag programming!

The best in Ohio ag news is easy to find! If your current station doesn’t feature the voice of Ohio Ag—turn the dial! Click here to view the complete affiliate listing, including air times.Continue reading

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Faith and a heart of service

By Matt Reese

Back in 2019, when Dave Shoup of Wayne County was serving at the Ohio Pork Council president, he had this to say about the group of award winners being recognized at the Pork Congress that year.

“Every year we present these awards and we’re fortunate in the state of Ohio to have such deserving people. There are so many people the young folks in this industry can look up and strive to be like in the years to come and serve the industry in a tremendous way,” Shoup said. “None of these families or individuals do this for the award. They do it for the industry. That is what has made them what they are — humble people promoting pork, watching out for the best interest of the industry and trying to help the industry move forward to represent ourselves very well to the consumers.”

Shoup’s comments were accurate back in 2019 and have now come full circle as he is being recognized as this year’s Industry Excellence Award winner on Feb.… Continue reading

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Winning the War Against White Mold, Part 1 Disease Development

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

The weather in 2023 allowed for soybeans to maximize their yield potential in many parts of the state. In other areas farmers experienced a challenging growing season for soybeans. “Much of the state started off dry. Dry weather is typically not good for soybean disease development; however some pathogens produce structures to help survive these conditions.  That dry period was followed by a lot of rain during flowering which created a humid environment for the diseases to show up,” said Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Assistant Professor, Soybean Pathologist and Nematologist with The Ohio State University. “Parts of Ohio experienced disease pressure from white mold to the extent that it dramatically impacted yields. For disease a to occur we need three conditions to be met at the same time. In plant pathology we call this the disease triangle.… Continue reading

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Letter to Biden from farmers warns against an all-electric approach to air quality

letter signed by 3,466 farmers from across the country was sent to President Biden this month expressing concern that his administration is taking a short-sighted approach to addressing climate change by prioritizing the use of electric vehicles over biofuels, such as corn ethanol, as it works to drastically lower the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“If we are going to address climate change and meet our sustainability goals, we are going to have to take a multi-pronged approach, that includes tapping into higher levels of biofuels, such as corn ethanol, which offers an immediate climate solution,” the letter said.

The letter, which drew thousands of signatures in less than a week, comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares to release its light- and medium-duty vehicle tailpipe emissions standards for 2027-2032. To help meet the standards, the president has set a goal that 50% of all vehicle sales will be electric by 2030.… Continue reading

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Soybeans bearish with two negative punches

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

U.S. highlights — Few changes were expected. U.S. soybean exports were lowered 35 million bushels, more than expected. The Brazil soybean production was down, but not as much as expected. 

Trade expectations: U.S. soybean exports reduced, Brazil soybean and corn production to be reduced.    

Following the noon USDA report release, corn was down 2 cents, soybeans 2 cents, and wheat  down 11 cents. Moments before the report was released, corn was down 2 cents, soybeans up 11 cents, and wheat down 13 cents.

U.S. 2023-2024 ending stocks: corn 2.172 billion bushels, last month 2.162 billion bushels; soybeans 315 million bushels, last month 280 million bushels; and wheat 658 million bushels, last month 647 million bushels. 

Trader estimates for 2023-2024 US ending stocks: corn 2.152 billion bushels; soybeans 243 million bushels; and wheat 684 million bushels. 

USDA this month estimates Brazil soybean production at 156 million tons, last month was 157 million tons.… Continue reading

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Simple, PFR Proven, Economical Means of Elevating Soybean Yields

Luke Schulte of Beck’s Hybrids joins us for the latest agronomy update to discuss what Practical Farm Research shows for elevating soybean yields. Do we know every moment our plants are under stress? The Beck’s team has taken it upon themselves to investigate this question and offers simple and economical ways to help plants while seeing a return on investment. eXceed Nano Brown Sugar and Apple Cider Vinegar are among those showing big results.

Find out more in this video!… Continue reading

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Dismal grain exports not helping prices

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

Last month Cindy and I were at a local restaurant. I asked, “See anyone you know?” Her response, “I know you.” Since waiting isn’t one of my gifts, she suggested I take a walk among the tables because I always find at least one familiar face. For once I had no success. Here’s hoping your efforts to secure needed workers as well as getting equipment field ready for preparation and planting does not come up as empty.

Grain prices to start the New Year were not friendly as they continued their downward trend and moved even lower for the first month of 2024. In January, corn was down 23 cents, soybeans down 76 cents, and wheat down 33 cents. Fundamentals are sorely lacking at this juncture for 2024 as producers come to grips with a lots of doom and gloom for grains. Money flow, demand, and world grain supplies are the main drivers as we move further into 2024.… Continue reading

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Ohio State’s ACT club hosts “Fields of opportunity” students to prepare for careers

By Brett Kinzel, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, The Ohio State University

Night for Young Professionals at The Ohio State University is a valued tradition for students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) club, in cooperation with Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal, organizes this event for an evening to discover new opportunities, network and grow professionally. The room was full of about 110 students in attendance who got to enjoy a dinner from City Barbeque and to speak with the events sponsors, Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff.

Ashley Tate, ACT leadership committee chair thanked everyone who showed up “dressed for success and ready to discover a field of opportunities,” during her welcome. Joel Penhorwood, video manager for Ag Net Communications introduced Julia Brown from Ohio Soybean Council to give some advice on professionalism.

“Always come with questions,” Brown said.… Continue reading

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A look at NCGA priorities for 2024

By Brooke S. Appleton

The next year offers many opportunities on the policy front, and my staff and I will spend the year building on the successes of corn grower advocates from 2023.

Last year, we successfully convinced the Biden administration to take action in response to Mexico’s ban on biotech corn, made great progress in ensuring consumers have year-round access to E15, won a round in our fight against tariffs on fertilizer imports, and set ourselves up for success in the upcoming farm bill reauthorization.

But if we are buoyed by last year’s wins, we are also feeling the continued presence of its challenges, many of which promise to be more pronounced in the year ahead.
One of the biggest challenges will be working with a divided Congress in which a slim number of seats is determining control of the U.S. House of Representatives, making it difficult to advance legislation.… Continue reading

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Preventing the use of “free” storage

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

Once again “free” storage is being advertised throughout the corn belt. While some also call it “price later opportunities,” “delayed pricing” or “DP” it refers to when farmers sign over their grain to an end user or commercial facility, and then wait to price the grain later, hopefully at higher values.

On the surface, “free” storage seems like a win-win for farmers and end users or buyers. These “free” storage programs are a great way for end users to procure grain supply during the winter. And farmers can move their grain now when they are not busy, and price later during a potential rally. Unfortunately, “free” storage ends up costing ALL farmers, those using it and those that do not. 

Why does “free” storage hurt all farmers?

When end users offer this program, it is usually because they are having difficulty procuring enough grain to meet their immediate needs.… Continue reading

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What is happening in Argentina?

By Guil Signorini, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University

Javier Milei, the new president of Argentina, has drawn the attention of the global press since he took office on Dec. 10 last year. Milei represents the anti-establishment and interrupts a sequence of 23 years under the executive leadership of the Justicialist Party (JP), a left-leaning party. The 23-year PJ run was interrupted only once between 2016 and 2020, when the Argentines elected Mauricio Macri president. Macri’s term ended with a bitter taste of frustration as he failed to implement any significant changes in how the country was run.

President Milei started his term quite differently. On Dec. 27, 2023 (less than a month in office), he submitted a collection of 664 proposals to Congress in an effort to implement the political, social, and economic reforms that convinced his supporters. The reformist project titled Bases and Starting Point for the Freedom of Argentines tackles sensitive issues in many sectors of the economy, including agriculture and livestock.… Continue reading

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Nutrient Stratification and No-till

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Farmer-led research is a valuable tool for improving crop yields.  The hard part is making sense of the data.  Marion Calmer, Calmer Farms in Fairbury Illinois has been doing farm research for many years.  A major concern has been the stratification of soil nutrients in the upper soil layers.  Calmer has been no-tilling for many years, but he does not use cover crops.  Over 14 years, he applied $1,000 worth of surface applied nutrients/acre (average $71.42/acre).  Calmer worried he was not getting the best use of that fertilizer.  He tried a farm experiment.

First, he soil tested his field taking soil test in 1-inch increments down to 8 inches.  Results showed extremely high soil test levels for phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in the top 1 inch, and about 50% lower in next 1 inch.  Approximately 46% of his fertility was within 2 inches of the soil surface and only 16% were in the bottom 2-inches. … Continue reading

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Upcoming drainage focused events

By Vinayak Shedekar, The Ohio State University

Two conservation drainage focused events are coming to Ohio this spring. Advanced technologies for drainage design, installation, and management will be the focus of this year’s Overholt Drainage School, which will be held from March 11 through March 14 on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. Additionally, the Conservation Drainage Network’s Annual Meeting will be held April 3 through April 5, in Westerville.

2024 Overholt Drainage School (March 11–14, The Ohio State University Columbus Campus)

The 4-day Overholt Drainage School provides agricultural drainage-focused education. The 2024 Overholt Drainage School program will cover a wide range of topics including planning, design and installation, drainage economics, topographic mapping, drainage law, GPS surveying, drainage design software, and use of agricultural conservation practices to manage water quality.

The program is open to anyone interested in subsurface drainage design and installation, including drainage contractors, professional engineers, district technicians, consultants, NRCS and agency professionals.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 334 | Get Swiftie About Conservation

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Alan Sundemeier, CAP Coordinator and OSU Extension. Alan discusses the Conservation Action Project (CAP) and an upcoming program. The project started more than 35 years ago and aims to support seven counties near the Maumee River with conservation practices to protect Lake Erie.  

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Matt Bambauer, Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed: Matt discusses grain storage and monitoring of it with the ever changing Ohio weather.  
Matt Bambauer3:58
Main Conversation, Alan Sundemeier10:25
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Don’t wish away winter

By Matt Reese

From a practical standpoint, a good hard winter freeze does Ohio agriculture well.

“We’re going to have a good freeze this winter. This is the first farm show I’ve been to in 3 years where it’s actually been cold outside,” said Jacob Lewis of Mercer Landmark in an interview with Ohio Ag Net’s Joe Everett at the Fort Wayne Farm Show in January. “We can take advantage of some of that disease and nasty stuff getting killed and maybe get some freezing and thawing action in our soil and get it leveled out nice.”

Like it or not, the cold, dreary weather of winter has many positives for agricultural production, setting the stage for a great Ohio growing season. The cold and snow have numerous benefits, though this winter got off to a warm, dry start.

“For Ohio, December 2023 ranks as the second warmest December on record since 1895 and caps off the fourth warmest year on record over that same period,” said Aaron Wilson, State Climatologist with Ohio State University Extension.… Continue reading

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