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OPA recognizes award winners

The Ohio Poultry Association recognized some important industry leaders with awards at the Annual Banquet held last weekend in Columbus.

Lisa Timmerman (center) was recognized for her service to Ohio’s poultry industry.

Lisa Timmerman, with Hendrix-ISA, was recognized with the Meritorious Service Award. Timmerman, of Ft. Recovery, has over 30 years of poultry experience. She has served as president of the OPA board and on the United Egg Producer Board (UEP) and American Egg Board (AEB). She has also worked for Cooper Farms.

Carl Link with Cooper Farms was presented the Golden Egg Award.

Carl Link received the Golden Egg Award. Link has been with Cooper Farms for an amazing 50+ years, beginning his career at St. Clair Mills before it became Cooper Farms in 1976. Before recently retiring, his role was Production Manager. He continues to work for Cooper Farm one day a week on special projects.… Continue reading

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Cover crop field day

A Cover Crop Demonstration field day be held Thursday, Sept. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at 400-500 Block of CR 37 Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311 (across from Camp Wesley). The program will be hosted by Tim Lyden, Board Supervisor for the Logan Soil and Water Conservation District.  Light refreshments will be provided. Visitors will get to view several plots of cover crops (over 12 species available), ask questions, and learn how cover crops can work on their farms.

For more information email Mark Wilson at mwilson@farmland.org.… Continue reading

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Bearish corn, bullish soybean numbers Sept. 10

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

In the days leading up to this USDA report day, traders were looking for both corn and soybean yields to increase from the August report. In addition, U.S. corn acres were expected to be up one million acres and U.S. soybean acres near unchanged.

This report was to include FSA acres into the mix of publishing supply and demand tables for corn, soybeans, and wheat. In the past, it was very common to have those FSA acres released after the October WASDE report. It is a rare event to see the FSA acres released in September. The FSA acres are supposed to be released AFTER the WASDE report. For whatever reason, however it happened, someone hit send on Wednesday afternoon this week, releasing those FSA acre numbers. 

After the noon report was released, corn was up 2 cents, soybeans up 12 cents, and wheat down 3 cents.… Continue reading

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No days off: Stover puts in work to prepare for football and the farm

By Brianna Gwirtz, OCJ field reporter

The field is where Cade Stover feels the most at home — not just on the football field, donning his No. 16 Ohio State jersey, but also the hay field, and in the driver’s seat of a tractor. Stover may be known for his athletic career, but his farming background is what sets him apart. 

The 6-foot 4-inch 255-pound tight end is poised for big things this season (and this weekend against Oregon) for the Buckeyes. In 2020 he moved into the role from the linebacker position. He also played a key role on special teams. He made three tackles in 2020, including two against Michigan State, and also forced a fumble. Stover played in four games as a true freshman for the Buckeyes in 2019 and redshirted.

Stover made an impression on the coaching staff with his work ethic this summer, which will hopefully translate into more playing time in 2021.… Continue reading

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Harsh appointed to NCGA Corn Board

The National Corn Growers Association’s Board of Directors has appointed Kelly Harsh, to serve on the organization’s Corn Board. 

Harsh, from Delaware, Ohio currently serves as the President of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. She is being appointed to complete a vacant term.

“I am humbled and honored that the NCGA Corn Board has appointed me to serve on the board,” Harsh said. “This group of leaders represent corn growers from across the country, and I look forward to working hard to advance an industry that we love.” 

Harsh will begin serving her one-year term immediately. She is joined on the Corn Board by fellow Ohioans John Linder (Edison, Ohio) who serves as NCGA President and Jed Bower (Washington Court House). 

“I am excited for Kelly to have this opportunity. She is a valuable member of Ohio Corn & Wheat and the perspective that she will bring to the NCGA Corn Board will be immense,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association.… Continue reading

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Tribute to Ohio barns

While staying at a bed and breakfast in Licking County, Ohio, in the early 2000s, a deteriorating barn captivated the eye of Cincinnati artist and retired dentist, Robert Kroeger. This first barn would ignite Kroeger’s “Ohio Barn Project,” which has taken the artist to Ohio’s 88 counties to paint, research, and write about historic barns. In nearly every county he’s painted barns, Kroeger has donated the proceeds from the sale of his paintings to a local historical organization. He is a self-taught painter and uses the impasto oil technique. He applies the paint quickly and in very thick layers with a palette knife, creating texture and dimension.

“A Tribute to Historic Barns of Ohio: 88 Counties, 88 Paintings, 88 Essays” will be held Sept. 29. at Muhlhauser Barn, located at 8558 Beckett Road in West Chester Township. The event will feature nearly 100 of Kroeger’s original paintings that will be will be auctioned off.… Continue reading

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Seven young Ohio sheep farmers receive OSIA scholarships

Brandon Zuercher (Hancock Co.) received a $2,000 scholarship for the sixth annual Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship. Zuercher is a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in Animal Sciences. 

Jim Stickley (Champaign Co.) received a $1,000 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship and Rachel Berk (Franklin Co.) received a $500 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship. Stickley is a senior at The Ohio State University and is currently majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in Political Sciences.  Berk is a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in Animal Sciences with a Pre-Veterinary interest. 

Chelsea Graham (Licking Co.) is a senior at Columbus State Community College majoring as a Veterinary Technician; she will be receiving the second annual High Family Memorial Scholarship.  

Emma Peters (Darke Co.), Linsey Eddy (Union Co.) and Ian Johnson (Union Co.) each received a $500 scholarship awarded from the OSIA LEAD Council. Emma Peters is a currently a sophomore at Lincoln Land Community College in Illinois and is majoring in Animal Sciences.  Linsey Eddy will be a freshman at Purdue University and is majoring in Animal Sciences.  Ian Johnson is a sophomore at Iowa State University and is majoring in Animal Science/Agribusiness

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association in coordination with the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors the Dr.… Continue reading

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Ohio Sheep Day 2021

Mark your calendar for the 2021 Ohio Sheep Day on Sat., Oct. 2. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the OARDC Small Ruminant Center (5651 Fredericksburg Rd. Wooster, OH  44691). Please visit: https://go.osu.edu/ohsheepday21 to RSVP will be used for accurate breakfast and lunch count.

Topics covered in the program will include alternative forage crops, forage storage, manure and mortality composting, fall lambing, data collection, Dystocia, and animal handling.

For more information, contact Brady Campbell, Ohio State University Small Ruminant Specialist at Campbell.1279@osu.edu or visit https://www.ohiosheep.org/osia%20programs/2021/ohiosheepdayflyer_9821.pdf.… Continue reading

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Bob-bob where?

By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio show

Bobwhite quail fell off my target list two decades ago, when numbers were plummeting and I didn’t want to contribute to the decline of the popular upland gamebirds that once thrived in the Buckeye State. That’s why I was glad to hear that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has designated a new priority area in Ohio focused on improving and creating northern bobwhite quail habitat. Private landowners and producers can apply for funding through the NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and interested landowners in the selected townships are encouraged to contact their local NRCS service center, ODNR private lands biologist or Pheasants Forever biologist to learn more. 

“Private landowner involvement is such an important part of preserving this iconic species,” said Lori Ziehr, Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting State Conservationist.… Continue reading

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Soybean pests

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Many pests and diseases are rearing their ugly head this year.  Fall armyworm, aphids, soybean cyst nematodes (SCN), sudden death syndrome (SDS), and white mold are common problems. Weather and management play a key role in the severity of these pests.

Fall armyworm blow in from the south, most likely on tropical storms.  Each female moth lays 10-20 eggs up t 100 eggs which hatch in 5-7 days and live 7-21 days.  Eggs have been observed on fence posts, lawns, hayfields, corn, soybeans, and vegetable crops.  The eggs hatch and the hungry larvae or caterpillars tend to move in waves, consuming everything in sight, even sometimes their own kind. There are two natural predator wasps that help control fall armyworm.  Other options include bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) which is a natural control, neem oil, and pyrethrin insecticides.

Aphids in soybeans are a problem especially during the reproductive stage (R5-R6) with an aphid threshold of 250 per soybean plant. 

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AFBF urges USDA to address supply chain issues

The American Farm Bureau Federation today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack detailing a list of solutions to address critical supply chain issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers. AFBF details seven priorities for USDA to consider in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains.

“We are now in our 18th month of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, our nation has witnessed vulnerabilities throughout the supply chain that haven’t been seen before,” wrote AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Supplies of farm inputs like crop protectants, fertilizers, and seeds have been difficult to obtain, and expensive to purchase. Highway transportation of farm products and supplies is more expensive and less available today than pre-pandemic levels, and timely maritime transport of value-added agricultural exports is frustrated, at best. All the while, agricultural labor, both domestic and foreign, is increasingly difficult to access and expensive, making already small margins even tighter.”… Continue reading

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Temperate weather and precipitation

Cooler temperatures coupled with rainfall made for a pleasant week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Soil moisture levels remained conducive to crop needs with 72% of Ohio topsoil rated adequate to surplus, up 8 points from last week. Temperatures for the week ending September 5 were 1.4 degrees above normal, while the State averaged 1.45 inches of precipitation, 0.63 inches above normal. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 5.

Livestock enjoyed the cooler weather and lower humidity last week. Fall army worms were troublesome in some hay fields last week and caused losses for some farmers. Tomatoes harvested for the processing market and corn silage harvest were in full swing. Corn and soybeans were maturing rapidly. Seventy-three percent of Ohio corn was in or past dent, 19% more than the 5-year average.

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Will corn pull back to $5? Are beans finished going down?

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

The pull back in prices last week is partly due to concern with the damage Gulf export facilities have suffered in the New Orleans area. One elevator will likely be down for 6 months, but the remaining 7 or 8 facilities will hopefully be operational as soon as power is restored, and minor damage is repaired. While there may be some missed export opportunities in the short-term, it is still early in the exporting season. If most of the facilities are up and running by middle or late September, there should be minimal impact.

Some market participants believe that planted corn acres for the 2021 crop will be increased in the September report. Others believe the national yield average will improve at least one bushel per acre from the August report. If both turn out to be true, it could mean 250 million more bushels of carryout for the 2021 crop which would be bearish prices from these levels.… Continue reading

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Nitrogen deficiency in corn

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.

Due to heavy rainfall and saturated soils during the growing season, some growers may be seeing some signs of nitrogen deficiency showing up in corn fields across the eastern Corn Belt. Whether applied preplant or sidedress, patterns of heavy rainfall and wet soils increase the likelihood of nitrogen being lost. Because nitrogen is an essential nutrient for corn plant development and ultimately yield, losses will impact final yields this fall.

When saturated conditions persist, nitrogen can be lost though leaching or denitrification. Leaching (more likely to occur in course-textured soils) is the process where nitrogen is moved down through the soil profile and out of the root zone where it is not available to plants. The severity of nitrogen loss due to leaching is impacted the intensity and duration of rainfall. Denitrification is the process where soil nitrogen is biologically converted to gaseous nitrogen and lost to the atmosphere.… Continue reading

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Western Ohio cropland values for 2020-2021

By Barry Ward, Leader, Leader in Production Business Management at The Ohio State University

Ohio cropland varies significantly in its production capabilities and, consequently, cropland values and cash rents vary widely throughout the state. Generally, western Ohio cropland values and cash rents differ from much of southern and eastern Ohio cropland values and cash rents. The primary factors affecting these values and rents are land productivity and potential crop return, and the variability of those crop returns. Soils, fertility and drainage/irrigation capabilities are primary factors that most influence land productivity, crop return and variability of those crop returns.

Other factors impacting land values and cash rents may include field size and shape, field accessibility, market access, local market prices, field perimeter characteristics and potential for wildlife damage, buildings and grain storage, previous tillage system and crops, tolerant/resistant weed populations, USDA Program Yields, population density, and competition for the cropland in a region.… Continue reading

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Using electricity to assess soil health

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

A new break-through in soil health testing has occurred which may allow researchers and farmers to instantly measure soil health and microbial activity.  A group of Washington State University researchers are using small electrical currents to assess soil microbes and soil health impacts.  Soil microbes process 90% of the soil’s energy and nutrients.  Each microbe is like a soluble bag of fertilizer, supplying plant roots with nutrients, amino acids, proteins, and even whole enzymes.

Measuring soil health has been difficult.  Soil scientist, fertility specialist, and farmers have used soil chemistry and harsh chemicals to make nutrient analysis.  They also measure soil texture and pH to try to understand a soil’s chemical and physical properties. While chemical and physical measurements may be valuable, they do not always measure soil productivity directly.  Soil biology is extremely important  as well. Unfortunately, there has not been many good tests to measure both biological activity and soil productivity together.

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Fall is FSR time!

By Jason Hartschuh, Crawford County Extension

Farm Science Review and OSU Agronomy Team have been working hard to bring you an unforgettable show from September 21 to 23. You will have the opportunity see the latest technology and resources for your farm in the agronomy team area at the east of the Review grounds just inside gates B & C and near the general parking area. We have a great set of demonstrations showcasing some of the research we are currently doing around the state both on-farm and at our research stations to help answer your production questions. You can walk through the plots at your own pace or have a private tour anytime during the entire show.

One major yield thief in both corn and soybeans is compaction. One type of compaction is pinch row compaction, here we will show how the utilization of tracks and various types of tires can affect your crop.… Continue reading

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Potato favorites for fall

By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dietician

A long, long time ago, when there was an Ohio State fair, Taterella, a young college damsel spent sweaty afternoons and evenings in the Bricker building, baking hundreds of potatoes. In her Potato Palace, Taterella baked potatoes, topped them with delicious toppings and served them up to the peasants of the Ohio land. Her spuds were known far and wide. Taterella had grown up in the land of soy and maize but loved potatoes so. Taterella’s hot, sticky nights were draining, but she was rescued from demise when the fair ran its course. This is my potato story, but the history of the potato goes a few more long years further back.

Where did these little tots of goodness come from? The story goes that the Incas back in 8000 to 6000 B.C. began cultivating potatoes. Then those pesky Spanish Conquistadors invaded Peru in 1536, discovered the tasty treats and pillaged some starchy booty back to share with all their European friends.… Continue reading

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Ohio State professor receives 2021 BQA educator award

For Steve Boyles, Ohio State University (OSU) beef cattle extension specialist, it’s all about connecting with his students and providing visual, hands-on demonstrations and activities to help them be the best cattle handlers they can be. 

Boyles is originally from Southeast Ohio, where his family ran a research facility for OSU. Growing up on the farm cultivated his love for beef cattle. Boyles pursued that interest, eventually becoming a leading expert in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA). He uses his knowledge and expertise to teach agriculture students, cattle producers, and consumers alike the importance of BQA.

“It’s not always the classic classroom lecture,” Boyles says. “I think people appreciate visual and hands-on opportunities. So that’s why I always get the audience to participate.”

To help with visual learning, Boyles obtained a grant in 2001 to have miniature corrals built. These make it easy to discuss corrals in a three-dimensional method where pieces can be moved around. … Continue reading

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