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Connecting with consumers through agritourism

By Matt Reese

Ohio’s agritourism operations straddle the line between urban and rural, filling an important niche for agriculture by entertaining, educating and connecting consumers with farms.

“It gives people an opportunity to drive out of the driveway and turn left instead of right and see what else is in their community. They like to go out and be in the open space. I think that’s the biggest thing. It just gives them a chance to get out and see a new way of life,” said Rob Leeds, with Ohio State University Extension in Delaware County and owner of Leeds Farm in Ostrander. “The idea is you bring people out with activities and a little bit of ambiance, then you talk to them about livestock and how we treat the animals or hay bales versus straw bales and get them out there doing the fun activities that we did growing up on the farm.… Continue reading

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Food Grade Soybean Harvest Cab Cam with Bill Helmuth of Schwartz Farms

Trumbull County is the site of this soybean harvest cab cam as Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood joins Bill Helmuth of Schwartz Farms in the combine. Discussion centers around the growing food grade soybean operation that has dealt with harvest weather challenges in an area impacted by lake effect. Even so, good yields and a notable premium on the crop are top of mind.

The Cab Cam series is sponsored by Precision Agri-Services Inc. More information at www.precisionagriservices.com.Continue reading

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Teaching students where food comes from

By Matt Reese and Dale Minyo

GrowNextGen is partnering with The Ohio State University to bring more outdoor learning opportunities to students in Ohio, including a visit from three groups of students in September. Patrick Nightingale is a high school science teacher from Kipp Academy in Columbus. He also helps write and uses GrowNextGen curriculum.

“I’ve been able to use a lot of those materials on GrowNextGen’s website in my own classroom and they’ve been amazing materials. GrowNextGen actually merged my passion with a purpose. I was able to use a lot of my passion in writing the curriculum that was aligned with the purpose of students learning about agriculture. That was one thing I’ve been looking for,” Nightingale said. “One of the reasons I’ve always loved teaching environmental science is because agriculture is embedded into one of our units. I find agriculture to be one of the most accessible forms of science that students can get into.”… Continue reading

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Donations support wounded veterans

If over the years a collection of used cars, boats, and tractors have taken up valuable space in the yard or barn, consider donating them to a worthy cause. One to consider is the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF), dedicated to positively affecting the lives of combat-wounded veterans.

Donors and supporters make the mission of MWSF possible and help significantly change the lives of combat-wounded veterans and Gold Star families. Contributions go toward housing, vehicles, and support that are all part of each unique MWSF program. These programs go on to help our heroes in different ways.

One program that the Foundation offers is the Skills4Life program, which provides recreational outings and peer-to-peer mentorship through hunting, fishing, and golfing adventures. The program provides a great opportunity for combat-wounded veterans to connect and find camaraderie through outdoor activities. More details about this program and the other programs can be found at MilitaryWarriors.org.… Continue reading

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A virtual success

By Matt Reese

Our food chain connecting farms to consumers is remarkable — a true modern miracle — but it is often not very transparent. This confounds people seeking a more intimate connection with the origins of their food and leads to a whole host of challenges between producers, consumers and the many steps connecting them. As this knowledge gap only seems to be widening, it is more important than ever to find innovative ways to connect the people who eat with the farmers who produce their food.

With this in mind, the Ohio Pork Council teamed up with Springfield-based Shift•ology Communication back in 2015 to start Virtual Field Trips to bring farm visits into classrooms. Virtual Farm Trips use technology to mitigate farm biosecurity and school budgetary issues while allowing students to visit farms and talk with a farmer in real time to learn about agriculture. Virtual Farm Trips hit an impressive 1 million student milestone with a virtual dairy farm visit, hosted by United Dairy Industry of Michigan on Oct.… Continue reading

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Artificial intelligence: It’s not about bluffing my way through vet school

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers nearly every manufacturing and production industry in the U.S. the potential to increase productivity. A major segment of the economy that is behind in utilizing AI and big data to its advantage, however, is our food supply — from the farm to the grocery.

A key part of the problem is that rural America lacks adequate Internet service. In the hinterlands, we’re limited to receiving and sending low numbers of megabytes of data. I recently came to a crossroads with my own Internet service. My staff computer techy guy measured my office Internet connectivity at 0.6 megabytes per second. Yet, six miles east of my home, in Urbana, every Tom, Dick and Harry who wants it can get 200 to 300 megabytes per second service, to watch movies or the gadflies who opine on TV!

“The Internet of Things (IOT)” describes the ability to connect devices, through high-speed internet, to sense, collect, share and process data to fulfill necessary tasks — like milking cows, robotically.… Continue reading

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What is in your grain marketing toolbox?

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

Throughout October so far, the corn market has closed within a tight 25 cent range. Lack of farmers selling has kept prices from declining much during harvest. However, the potential carryout concerns are also keeping prices from increasing.

During the same time, soybeans traded within a 60-cent price range. Again, lack of farmers selling, plus lower than expected yields in the west, is keeping a floor under prices. The potential of Brazil’s next crop is keeping prices in check.

What I also found interesting is that a year ago the trading range on corn and beans for this exact same three-week time frame was the same as it is this year. The only difference was that corn was trading $2 per bushel higher last year than it is today while beans are trading nearly $1 per bushel lower now.

What is in your marketing toolbox?

Over the last month I have been on the farm helping with harvest.… Continue reading

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A look at legal standing

By Leisa Boley Hellwarth

I’ve had dogs all of my life, but the Border Collie puppies that Kent and I acquired in 2019 add a whole new twist on canine companionship. Ranger and Tonto are workaholics. When I first started training them as puppies, I had little jerky treats I would give them for learning commands. I soon figured out that our Border Collies are not motivated by food. They would look me in the eye as if to say, “did I say I was hungry?” All these two litter mates want is praise, especially if it is praise for them working. They don’t even comprehend the concept of play. If you toss a ball for them they just stare at you like you are crazy. “What is the purpose of the round thing bouncing?” We thought a tug rope might entertain them but they just glared at it as if to ask, “How do you herd that?… Continue reading

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Fall Applied Herbicide Considerations

By Dr. Alyssa Essman, OSU Extension State Weed Specialist, Adapted from C.O.R.N. 2023-36

Harvest is progressing in much of Ohio, though recent rains have slowed field activities in some areas. As crops continue to come off it’s a good time for a reminder about the value of fall-applied herbicides. Rains this past week may stimulate winter annual weed emergence to some extent. This is the best time of year to control winter annuals and some of the more difficult to manage overwintering weed species. Biennial and perennial plants are now sending nutrients down to the root systems in preparation for winter. Systemic herbicides like glyphosate and 2,4-D applied at this time will be translocated down into the roots more effectively than if applied in spring when nutrients are moving upward. This results in better control. In addition, the increasingly unpredictable spring weather patterns we have experienced in recent years can influence the timing and efficacy of spring burndown applications.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 321 | Soybeans and Livestock Go Toegether Like Two Beans in a Pod

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Laurie Isley, United Soybean Board, Communication & Education Committee Chair. She talks about soybeans’ role in livestock diets and what research the United Soybean Board does to maximize feed efficiency. Laurie is also a farmer from Michigan, so she gives a brief harvest update.     

 More in this week’s podcast:  

  • Doug Miller, Between the Rows Farmer: Doug gives a harvest update as he is one of this years Between the Rows Famers located in Fayette county. 
  • Madi Layman, Ohio Soybean Council: Madi talks with Dale about biodiesel and the history behind its start till today. 
  • John Linder, OCWGA Board Member: Dusty talks with John about the recent Ethanol Trade Team that he hosted on his farm. 
  • Jack Bardakjia, Gapuma Ltd: Jack is from the United Kingdom and he talks with Dusty about his time in the United States learning about ethanol and his experience with the Ethanol Trade Team
  • William Aidoo, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Africa: William is from Ghana and he talks to Dusty about his experience learning about ethanol and corn production as part of this Ethanol Trade Team.  
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Harvest progresses between storms

Farmers made harvest progress in fields last week between rounds of widespread precipitation, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent very short, 22 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on October 22 was 50.7 degrees, 0.2 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.91 inches of precipitation, 0.23 inches above average. There were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 22.

While soybean harvest progress remained in line with recentyear trends, corn harvest progress lagged behind last year and the five-year average. Ninety percent of corn was mature and 20 percent was harvested. The moisture content of corn grain at harvest was 24 percent. Corn for silage was 97 percent harvested. Sixty-four percent of soybeans were harvested. The moisture content of soybeans at harvest was 14 percent.… Continue reading

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2023 Feeding Farmers in the Field

By Joel Penhorwood and Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Ag Net

Ohio Ag Net was once again Feeding Farmers in the Field this fall with cooperation from 92.1 The Frog, as well as AG Boogher and Son, RRR Tire, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, North Star Hardware & Implement Co., Farm Credit Mid-America, VTF-Sunrise, Homan Inc., and Golden Harvest. The program serves up lunch and prizes to four farms during the busy harvest season in the 92.1 listening area. Each of the farms was kind enough to offer a harvest update and insights into their operation.

King Family of Allen County, Sept. 27

The King Family of Allen County hosted the first week of the 2023 edition of Feeding Farmers in the Field. Andy King of T&D Enterprises farms with his father and uncle and recently bought into the operation.

Andy King in Allen County talked with Joel Penhorwood for the first Feeding Farmers of the fall.
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Funding for USDA Wetland Reserve Easements now available to Ohio landowners

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a special set-aside funding pool for  landowners interested in restoring, enhancing, and protecting wetlands through the Wetlands Reserve Easement Program (WRE). This year, Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding has provided additional financial opportunities for the program, as wetlands play a critical role in climate mitigation. The first application cutoff date to receive fiscal year 2024 funding for both the WRE and WRE-IRA program is November 15, 2023.  

Wetland Reserve Easements can help landowners protect land from climate impacts by reducing, capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Additional benefits include land development protection, critical wildlife habitat preservation and water quality improvement

“Wetlands are one of nature’s most productive ecosystems and provide improved water quality and improved wildlife habitat,” said John Wilson, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. “We hope to reap these benefits and more by assisting landowners with creating and restoring these critical habitats.” … Continue reading

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BEDNAR Demo Day — Tillage edition

You’re invited to BEDNAR Demo Day — Tillage Edition where innovation meets the field. This is an opportunity to witness the evolution of farming technology and engage in meaningful conversations with industry experts at1510 Dean Rd, Cedarville. 

The event starts at 9:30 a.m. and will feature BEDNAR and ATX Implements including:

  • Atlas AO 7000 Profi – Heavydisc: Experience the power and precision of this heavy-duty disc cultivator.
  • Terraland DO 5000 – Combined Tine Plough: Witness the versatility of this innovative combined tine plough.
  • Swifter XE 12 400 Profi – Speeddisc: Explore the efficiency and speed of this advanced Speeddisc.

There will be a working lunch at 1:00. RSVP by 10/25: Ensure a spot by sending an email to info@atx-implements.com or calling us at 317-999-7545.… Continue reading

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Harvest turning up strong yields statewide

Lawrence Onweller

We had quite a few rains last week — and around 2 inches in the last 10 days — so there’s still quite a few beans around in the area or at least around my house left to come out of the fields. We have about 200 acres or so to run, which will take about two days.

Corn has been good to really good. The disease and stuff didn’t seem to hurt it much.

The lowest corn yield I’ve heard about is probably 180 and then I heard up to 250 to 260 bushels. If they had a water issue like drowning out, soybean yields of 48 bushels was the lowest I’ve heard on up to the 70s at the high end. That’s been about our range. There were water issues on both sides, too much or too little.

A lot of the corn moisture has depended on the maturity and when it was planted.… Continue reading

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Feeding Farmers in the Field finds impressive growth at Creek Bottom Farms

For the fourth and final week of the fall 2023 edition of Feeding Farmers in the Field, Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg visits with Matt Treglia of Creek Bottom Farms outside of Ada. The multi-county farm has seen impressive growth since two friends, Matt Treglia and Chad Grant, established the operation in 1999. It now includes 6,000 acres in Allen, Hardin, and Hancock Counties where it employs six people.

Along with a broadcast from their operation, they won a free lunch at the farm and an assortment of other prizes thanks to 92.1 The Frog, as well as A.G. Boogher and Son, RRR Tire, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, North Star Hardware & Implement Co., Farm Credit Mid-America, VTF-Sunrise, Homan Inc., and Golden Harvest.… Continue reading

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A look at 2023 soybean diseases

With Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off and Horatio Lopez-Nicora, Ohio State University plant pathologist

Dusty: Through the growing season and this fall you have been in the lab looking at samples submitted with different soybean diseases. How did the 2023 season start out and progress from a disease standpoint?

Horacio: It was a pretty strange season. We started with very cool soils for those who planted at the end of April. Then we transitioned to that dry period, but it was a very strange drought. It was dry in the very top layer during that drought and we experienced very high evapotranspiration, but the soil underneath that dry layer was still moist. Seeds were germinating and growing a root, but taking a lot of time to emerge. We saw the roots growing out of any seed treatment effect, making those plants more vulnerable to a myriad of pathogens that we normally have in our field.… Continue reading

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SCN Detection and Host Crops

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

Soybean Growers in Ohio are encouraged to pull soil samples to submit for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) analysis this fall. Soybean Cyst Nematode is the number one yield robber of soybeans in North America with yield losses of up to 30% possible.  Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Plant Pathologist and Nematologist at The Ohio State University said that their lab is processing up to two samples free of charge for every Ohio farm with support from the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off.  When the samples are received, they will be processed to see if a SCN is present, and also the number of eggs to understand the level of infestation.

It is important to know not just if SCN is present, but also the level and type. “One thing that we are really promoting is to know your numbers of SCN,” said Lopez-Nicora.… Continue reading

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The farm bill protects everyone

By Glenn Brunkow, farmer and rancher and Farm Bureau leader in Kansas

This has been a tough year, there is no way around it. Rain did not come at the right times and our crops reflect that. When you couple that with declining crop prices, rising interest rates and the increasing cost of inputs, things sure are tough on the farm. Without crop insurance, this year would have been disastrous. For many of us the same could have been said for several of the past years. Crop insurance is truly our safety net in agriculture.

That is why protecting crop insurance and other risk management tools is so important in the upcoming farm bill. Agriculture and food security are paramount to the future of our nation. A hungry nation is not a secure nation, and American farmers and ranchers have done their part in providing food security. Crop insurance is vital to the future of agriculture in the United States as it provides a bridge over troubled waters for ag producers.… Continue reading

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Hear Ohio Ag Net on WTTF AM/FM

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

We say thank you to WTTF AM/FM serving Seneca and surrounding counties. Tune in to 93.3 FM and 1600 AM to hear the Ohio Ag Net Monday-Friday at 6:50 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:20 and 3:35.

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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