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SafeGrain launches new products to boost efficiency

SafeGrain, a leading innovator in grain monitoring solutions, announces the launch of a groundbreaking suite of products designed to elevate precision and efficiency in the agricultural sectors.

The new product lineup includes:

  • Fan Automation: SafeGrain introduces advanced fan automation technology, streamlining ventilation processes and ensuring optimal storage conditions for commodities.
  • All-in-One Sensor Cables: A cutting-edge solution for simultaneously monitoring temperature, moisture, and CO2 levels, providing comprehensive insights for enhanced inventory management.
  • Digital Temperature Sensor Cables: SafeGrain’s latest addition to its sensor cable range offers digital precision in temperature monitoring, setting a new standard for accuracy in grain storage.
  • Dashboard Manager and Smart App: Operators can now access on-demand data through SafeGrain’s intuitive dashboard manager and smart app, facilitating real-time decision-making for precise inventory management.
  • RadarMax Plus: An advanced radar tool designed to meet the diverse needs of the agricultural and industrial sectors. With a measuring range of up to 180 feet, precision accuracy, and multi-commodity capabilities, RadarMax Plus ensures optimal monitoring for ample storage and processing facilities.
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NACHURS announces new product line-up

Nachurs Alpine Solutions(NAS), based in Marion, announced the launch of a new product line in their agriculture portfolio, NACHURS Enduro-Shield.

The NACHURS brand continues to build on the foundational strengths developed over 77 years in the agricultural marketplace carrying a full line of branded fertility products with dedication to quality, integrity, and innovation that customers have grown to expect from a trusted supplier.

The Enduro-Shield technology is a one-of-a-kind bio stimulant that stands out from the rest thanks to its cold-press manufacturing process that preserves the beneficial compounds in the sea plant extract. This highly concentrated sea plant extract from Ascophyllum nodosum is like a secret weapon for plants, enhancing their development through various growing conditions and helping to protect genetic yield potential in a variety of crops. By harnessing the natural benefits of this marine macroalgae, NACHURS Enduro-Shield is taking strides towards sustainable agriculture and providing a powerful solution for improving both environmental and yield outcomes.… Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s technology is being developed today (Part 1)

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

As you are reading this, researchers at The Ohio State University are developing the technology you will be using on your farm tomorrow, thanks to your Ohio Soybean Check-off. From the use of Artificial Intelligence and Scouting Drones to more effective sprayer tip selection, your Ohio Soybean Check-off is providing the funds to help these new technologies become reality.

Anyone who has sprayed a soybean crop with a fungicide or insecticide in mid-summer knows the challenge of getting the spray to penetrate the crop canopy. Variable plant height, environmental conditions such as wind speed and direction changes can impact the effectiveness of the application. Dr. Erdal Ozkan is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Engineering at The Ohio State University. Dr. Ozkan is researching ways to reduce pesticide use and drift while increasing application effectiveness through the selection of the proper spray tips.… Continue reading

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Drone clinic at Apple Farm Service

Famous test pilot Chuck Yeager once said, “The sky is not the limit, it’s just the beginning.” His words ring true as agriculture continues to turn to aviation and new technology. Local equipment dealership, Apple Farm Service, has accepted this change as the area’s only dealer for Hylio Ag Spraying Drones.

Hylio Ag Spraying drones are a new tool on the farm. Headquartered and built in Texas, these drones range from 2.6 to 18 gallons and spray between 20 to 40 feet wide.

“There’s a lot to learn with these new drones,” said Matt Apple, VP of Apple Farm Service. “That’s why were offering a free educational clinic so you can learn about sprayer drones and the future of drone spraying.”

Apple Farm Service is excited to announce their first Hylio Educational Clinic. The clinic will be on Wednesday, March 20at 10 a.m., at their Covington location (10120 W. Versailles Rd, Covington, Ohio).… Continue reading

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EPA announces creation of Office of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan said that his agency will create the Office of Agriculture and Rural Affairs at the agency to focus on issues important to farmers. Rod Snyder, a former lobbyist for the National Corn Growers Association who currently serves as advisor to the administrator, will head the office.

The announcement, which was made at Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas, was met with praise by NCGA.

“We are exceptionally pleased that there will be a program at EPA that is tasked with ensuring the voices and concerns of farmers are heard loud and clear,” said Harold Wolle NCGA President. “And the administrator could not have found a better person to lead this office than Rod Snyder. Anyone who has worked with Rod will tell you he is a smart, stellar professional who thoroughly understands the agricultural community.”

The announcement comes as EPA deals with a host of issues that will impact American farmers, including the regulations of crucial crop protection technologies and the long-term viability of the ethanol market.… Continue reading

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Not much excitement in March 8 USDA numbers

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

Report highlights: U.S. corn exports and ethanol unchanged. U.S. soybean exports and crush unchanged. Brazil soybean production down just 1 million tons.

Trade expectations: U.S. soybean exports to decline, U.S. corn for ethanol to increase. Brazil soybean and corn production to decline.    

Following the noon USDA report release, corn down 1 cent, soybeans down 2 cents, and wheat up 6 cents. Just before the report was released, corn down 3 cents, soybeans down 6 cents, and wheat up 7 cents.

U.S. 2023-2024 ending stocks: corn 2.172 billion bushels, last month 2.172 billion bushels; soybeans 315 million bushels, last month 315 million bushels; and wheat 673 million bushels, last month 658 million bushels. 

USDA this month estimates Brazil soybean production at 155 million tons, last month was 156 million tons. Brazil corn production was estimated at 124 million tons, last month was 124 million tons. Argentina soybean production was 50 million tons, last month was 50 million tons.… Continue reading

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Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference focus on soil health, water quality and profitability

Wondering how to build resilience with conservation agriculture? Want to learn about soil carbon marketing opportunities for farmers? What about how climate change affects soil carbon and soil health or whether phosphorus starter fertilizer is needed for corn?

The answers to these questions and more will be discussed during the annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference (CTC), held March 12-13 at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University (ONU), 525 S. Main St., in Ada. CTC is presented by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and other supporters.

The event focuses on providing information to farmers on promoting and maintaining soil health, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer.

From offering the workshop “New Technologies for On-farm Decision Making” and the discussion “Phosphorus: What We Learned from 45 years of Ohio Fertilizer Trials,” the two-day event is designed to provide opportunities “for farmers and crop consultants to learn about the latest technology and practices for conserving soil and improving water quality and how that can boost their financial bottom line while building healthier soils,” Reeder said.… Continue reading

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Avoiding Weed Resistance with Chris Munsterman of Syngenta Crop Protection

Weed resistance is a real threat to crop yields across the country. Syngenta Crop Protection has developed a new corn herbicide that has two active ingredients to combat this issue. Storen™ herbicide works to reduce both site specific and metabolic weed resistance when included in a herbicide program. Chris Munsterman, Agronomy Service Representative with Syngenta shares more.… Continue reading

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Understanding biologicals

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Farmers are experimenting with biological to enhance crop performance.  Dr. Connor Sible, University of Illinois estimated that by 2032, farmers will spend $32 billion/year on biological products.  Currently, biologicals enhance seed growth (25%), fertility (25%), pest management  (25% on insect, disease, weed control) and another 25% are specialty products. 

What are biologicals?  Many are plant growth regulators or hormones.   Bio-stimulates are not alive but come from living organisms and are easier to manage and control. Third are living beneficial microbes which are more difficult to manage and control. Living organisms are affected by moisture, temperature, and exposure to other environmental conditions (sunlight, oxygen levels, etc.). 

Dr. Sible breaks down biologicals into 8 major groups. Starting with living microbes, he lists nitrogen (N) fixing bacteria, phosphorus (P) solubilizing bacteria, residue decomposers (bacteria and fungi), and beneficial fungi (arbuscular mycorrhizae fungi, AMF) which enhance nutrient uptake. … Continue reading

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Climate disclosure rule voted down

The Securities and Exchange Commission responded to American Farm Bureau Federation’s and Ohio Farm Bureau’s concerns and affirmed that regulations intended for Wall Street should not extend to America’s family farms. The SEC voted March 6 on its final climate disclosure rule and removed the Scope 3 reporting requirement, which would have required public companies to report the greenhouse gas emissions of their supply chain.

“The SEC’s proposed rules would have been wildly burdensome and expensive, if not altogether impossible for many small and mid-sized farmers to comply with, as it would have required reporting of climate data at the local level,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “We appreciate the attention the agency gave to our members as it considered the impacts the Scope 3 rule proposals would have had on Ohio farmers.”

Since the rule was first proposed two years ago, AFBF and OFBF led the charge for the removal of Scope 3.… Continue reading

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Genetic developments and Seed Select with BASF

Monty Malone of BASF discusses genetic developments in Xitavo™ soybean seed that will be released in the class of 2025. “The goal is to have an agronomic solution for all the agronomic challenges that soybean growers face.” This technology will go beyond marker predicted values and use greenhouse and field evaluations to ensure that the product is placed in the right position to help farmers maximize their potential and reduce risk. Seed Select will guide growers to place the right variety on the right acres.… Continue reading

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Corn planting dates

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Soybean Lead/Field Agronomist, Seed Consultants, Inc. 

As spring of 2024 is quickly approaching and weather has been warm, it is a good time for a reminder of the discussion surrounding planting corn dates. Assuming a warm weather pattern continues, spring field work may arrive earlier than normal for some growers.

For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May. For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013). Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another.… Continue reading

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Watching the weather

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

“Eenie meenie miney mo, who shall stay and who should go? How are we supposed to know? Eenie meeine miney mo” was Cindy’s response to one more political mailing for a mud-slinging local race. The same question could be asked by U.S. producers in relation to corn acres, “Which way do we go?” Corn prices are down more than soybean prices compared to last February.

The USDA Outlook Forum on February 15 and Feb. 16 estimated U.S. 2024 corn acres would be 91.0 million acres, down from last year at 94.6 million acres. Meanwhile, U.S. 2024 soybeans were estimated to reach 87.5 million acres compared to last year at 83.6 million acres. While some minor changes could take place for corn and soybean acres this year, don’t expect multiple millions of acres changes in 2024. Why? U.S. producers are creatures of habits, one being crop rotation is an annual event.… Continue reading

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Tietje wins Ohio Farm Bureau 2024 Collegiate Discussion Meet

Ryanna Tietje of The Ohio State University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2024 Collegiate Discussion Meet competition. The results were announced Jan. 27 during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience.

The Collegiate Discussion Meet tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and communications skills around current agricultural issues. The competition is designed for young agricultural professionals to work together to find solutions around these agricultural issues.

Tietje grew up on her family’s grain farm in northwest Ohio where they raise corn and soybeans. She is a senior at The Ohio State University studying agribusiness and applied economics with a minor in consumer and family financial services. Tietje is also the president of the OSU Agribusiness Club, a peer mentor for the OSU Honors program, and a member of the Advisory Council for the Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute. After graduation, she plans to return to the family farm and pursue a career in farm financial management or grain risk management.… Continue reading

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Ohio is potato chip country

By Mike Ryan, OCJ Field Reporter

Ohio has been a major player in the potato chip industry as long as there have been potato chips. It was in Cleveland in 1895 that William Tappenden built the first potato chip factory in the country, turning a barn in his backyard into a factory and delivering his fresh product in barrels to local markets by horse-drawn carriage. Today, although Ohio accounts for only a very small portion of this nation’s potato harvest, the Buckeye State ranks second only to Pennsylvania in potato chip production. 

America’s favorite snack food is produced in Ohio for companies with nationwide distribution like Herr’s and Frito-Lay, which have operating plants here, and long-time Ohio chip maker Shearer’s has recently transitioned to exclusively wholesale manufacturing and private label sales. In addition to these larger nationwide corporations, there are a number of superb regional potato chip companies scattered throughout the state that garner a faithful following of customers loyal to their local brand.  … Continue reading

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2023 soybean sales

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

The soybean market has lost nearly $3 per bushel in value from early November. Most of this steep decline is due to South America’s crop getting bigger and worldwide demand not increasing at the same speed. There are some in the trade expecting bean prices to rebound.

Several South American crop watchers are reporting that yields there are shrinking due to dry weather during the growing season. However, these groups may not be taking into consideration that overall planted acres may have increased significantly compared to last year, which could have offset much of the yield losses. 

Also, some market participants think the current reported USDA’s crop size of South America is higher than it should be. They point to CONAB, Brazil’s equivalent to the USDA, lowering their yield estimates the past few months to a total production under 150 Million Metric Tons (MMT).… Continue reading

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Soy priorities addressed at Commodity Classic

By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg

There has been ongoing, and growing concern, regarding the uncertainty of regulations regarding the Environmental Protection Agency proposed pesticide registration plans to meet its Endangered Species Act obligations. This concern was among the top concerns of the farmers in attendance at Commodity Classic. 

“We really need to watch the Endangered Species Act. I know that’s more of a federal thing, but it does affect us at the state level when it comes out,” said Patrick Knouff, a farmer from Shelby County and past president of the Ohio Soybean Association. “We want to continue to have that freedom to operate in Ohio. We had a battle on the Enlist side within the last year. We got that one figured out and now we’re dealing with the Xtend side. We don’t know yet where that’s going to fall out.”

EPA’s proposed Herbicide Strategy and the Vulnerable Species Pilot Program is meant to bring herbicide registrations into compliance with the Endangered Species Act.… Continue reading

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