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Big farmland auctions in March wrapping up a busy winter

By Matt Reese

In spite of any economic woes in the U.S. agricultural economy, auctioneer Matt Bowers has had a blistering schedule this winter, with a couple of big upcoming farm auctions.

Bowers, with Lima-based Dye Real Estate and Land Co., also took some time this winter to put on a mock auction at the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience held in January.

“We love to work with Ohio Farm Bureau and the Young Ag Professionals. We put on a mock auction for them so they can understand the ins and outs for something like a multi-parcel auction that can be very confusing. There’s a lot of math that comes into play and a lot to keep track of,” Bowers said. “In the mock auction, we covered how we come up with  the prices that are on the board from our computer system, so if they’re at these auctions in the future they can figure out where they need to be in terms of bidding.… Continue reading

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Novel discovery could fortify Soybean Cyst Nematode resistance

By the SCN Coalition

Researchers have discovered a new and unexpected way to prevent soybean cyst nematode (SCN) from attacking soybeans. The loss of function of the GmSNAP02 gene in resistant soybean varieties like PI 90763 and PI 437654 thwarts SCN’s ability to attack the soybean plant.

“Think of it like a lock-and-key model, where SCN is the key and GmSNAP02 is the lock,” said Melissa Mitchum, professor in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia and a member of the research team that made the discovery. “If you get rid of that lock, the nematode can’t access the plant. You make the parasite ineffective.”

Nematodes that can reproduce on Peking genetic resistance appear to be exploiting GmSNAP02.

“We think PI 90763 resistance works by losing this GmSNAP02 protein, circumventing the nematodes and making the plant more resistant,” Mitchum said.

“This gene could have a relatively immediate impact for farmers,” she said.… Continue reading

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Apple Farm Service Spring Sale

Apple Farm Service is excited to announce savings, helpful educational clinics, and time for the community to prepare for another year of productive farming with the upcoming annual Spring Super Sale.

This year’s Spring Super Sale will run Feb. 19 through March 8 at all five locations. As always, Apple Farm Service will be offering a 10% discount on parts when customers purchase with cash, credit card, or check. The annual sales catalog is available at AppleFarmService.com/Catalog. The event also includes free educational clinics offered to all area farmers.

“The best part of our Spring Super sale is always getting area farmers connected to learn together for a more worry-free season. This year we’re eager to bring back the popular hay clinics, planting clinics, and a new telematics clinic,” said Kent Holmes, Marketing Manager.

Apple Farm Service will be offering a free educational clinic for those who own the following:

• New Holland Hay Equipment

• Kinze Planting Equipment

• Case IH Planting Equipment

• Telematics for 2018 and newer Case IH or New Holland tractors & combines.… Continue reading

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USDA releases 2022 Census of Agriculture data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them down to the county level. The information collected directly from producers shows a continued decline in the total number of U.S. farms. However, the data also show a rise in the number of new and beginning (operating 10 or fewer years on any farm) as well as young (under the age of 35) producers.

The full Census of Agriculture report as well as publication dates for additional ag census data products can be found at nass.usda.gov/AgCensus. Ag census data can also be found in NASS’s searchable online database, Quick Stats.

“We are pleased to provide updated Census of Agriculture data to all those who serve U.S. agriculture, especially the producers who gave their time to complete the questionnaire.… Continue reading

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Warm, dry February offers fieldwork opportunities

By Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg

While Valentine’s Day plans, the National Farm Machinery Show, dismal weather, and poor field conditions are more typical this time of year, many farmers around Ohio have instead found rare February opportunities for fieldwork this week. 

“We had some chicken litter applied earlier and we decided we were going to start working it in,” said Joe Everett in Shelby County. “If you looked at the calendar you would not think it’s February when looking outside. The conditions are really good and actually sometimes better than when we get later in the spring. We’re really happy with how things are working out here right now.”

Chicken litter is a nutrient source with many agronomic benefits and Everett is pleased with the chance to incorporate it in dry, unfrozen winter fields. The Feb. 15 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor showed a significant portion of western and northwestern Ohio, including much of Shelby County, is abnormally dry. … Continue reading

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Get prepared for eclipse trips

By Matt Reese

On April 8, there will be a rare total solar eclipse visible in the United States from southwestern Texas northeast through Maine. Among the very best viewing locations in the world is a 124-mile-wide swath across western to northern Ohio, which is expected to attract many visitors to the state on eclipse trips.

solar eclipse occurs when the moon casts its shadow on the earth as it passes between the earth and the sun. In the upcoming total solar eclipse, the moon will appear to totally obscure the sun.

A solar eclipse generally happens somewhere on earth every year and a half or so, but the last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806 and the next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2099, according to TourismOhio of the Ohio Department of Development.

Here are some other interesting facts from TourismOhio about the upcoming total solar eclipse:

• The 2024 total solar eclipse in Ohio will last less than five minutes, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible for much longer before and after the total eclipse.… Continue reading

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Eastern Ohio Small Farm Conference

By Julie Wayman, Community Development Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Ashtabula County

Ohio State University Extension announced plans to host a Small Farm Conference in Senecaville on April 6, 2024. The theme for this year’s Mid-Ohio Small Farm Conference is “Sowing Seeds for Success.” 

Conference session topics are geared to beginning and small farm owners as well as to farms looking to diversify their operation. There will be five different conference tracks including: horticulture and produce production, business management, livestock, natural resources and new this year, the farm kitchen.   

Some conference topic highlights include: raising meat rabbits, making goat milk soap, timber harvesting and marketing, basics of growing pawpaws, food preservation basics, herb vinegars, organic pest management, growing produce with hydroponics, starting and setting up a business, solar and wind leasing.

Anyone interested in developing, growing or diversifying their small farm is invited to attend including market gardeners, farmers market vendors, and anyone interested in small farm living.… Continue reading

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Campbell wins 2024 Discussion Meet

Abigale Campbell of Washington County is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals 2024 Discussion Meet competition. The results were announced Jan. 27 during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience.

The Discussion Meet tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. It is designed for young agricultural professionals to work together to find solutions around issues facing agriculture today.

Campbell and her husband, Blake, are fourth generation farmers in their sheep and swine operation. They specialize in growing and direct marketing cut flowers, pumpkins, produce, meat, and wool products.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in agriscience education from Ohio State and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky, Campbell is currently an agriscience educator and FFA advisor at Fort Frye High School. She is also a member of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board, the Barlow Independent Fair Board, and a teaching fellow with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.… Continue reading

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Popular Fish Ohio pins awarded

By Dan Armitage, Ohio-based freelance outdoor writer/author

The highly anticipated annual processing of Fish Ohio pins is underway by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW), awarding 10,166 Fish Ohio pins to successful anglers with qualifying catches. The avid anglers’ catches join more than 410,000 recognized since 1976 in the Fish Ohio program. In 2022, the program recognized 9,723 qualifying catches.

The Fish Ohio program celebrates the successful landing and documentation of 25 species of fish here in the Buckeye State. Those who reel in a qualifying catch receive the commemorative Fish Ohio pin for their first entry and a Master Angler pin for catching qualifiers of four different species in the same year. Last year, 964 anglers were awarded a Master Angler pin.

Applications for a Fish Ohio pin and minimum length requirements are found at fishohio.gov. The Fish Ohio pin for 2023 depicts a walleye and the 2024 pins will feature a longear sunfish.… Continue reading

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Winning the War Against White Mold, Part 3 Genetic Resistance

This is a three-part series on Winning the War Against White Mold.
Click here to read Part 1—Disease Development.
Click here to read Part 2—Disease Management.

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

For white mold to become a yield limiting factor in soybeans the three aspects of the disease triangle must all occur. First, the pathogen that causes white mold must be present. The amount of the pathogen in the environment will change over time. Second, the environmental conditions need to favor the development and distribution of the spores. This will vary from year to year. Finally, a susceptible host must be present. This is the one factor that the farmer has some control over through variety selection.

“There are multiple strategies that we can use to manage white mold,” said Dr. Wade Weber, Assistant Professor and Plant Pathologist at North Dakota State University.… Continue reading

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Last chance for 2024 EQIP funding

Ohio producers are urged to apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Inflation Reduction Act — Environmental Quality Incentives Program — (IRA-EQIP) funding before the Feb. 16, 2024 deadline. 

Currently, an unprecedented amount of funding is available for EQIP through the Inflation Reduction Act and Farm Bill. The Inflation Reduction Act provided $19.5 billion in additional funding for NRCS’ oversubscribed programs like EQIP for five years. Inflation Reduction Act funds are available to help producers adopt climate-smart practices. 

NRCS accepts producer applications for its conservation programs year-round, but producers interested in this cycle of Inflation Reduction Act funding should apply as soon as possible. Producers interested in EQIP should apply by Feb. 16, 2024 for consideration this year. Funding is provided through a competitive process and will include an opportunity to address the unmet demand from producers who have previously sought funding for climate-smart conservation activities. 

Learn more about EQIP and other program information on the Ohio NRCS EQIP website.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 335 | Crops and Congress: Farm Bill & Crop Insurance Edition

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 Larry Davis of Ag Resource Management. Larry talks about what to expect in the upcoming Farm Bill and how crop insurance will look this year. The crop insurance deadline is March 15. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Matt Bowers, Dye Real Estate: Matt discusses upcoming auctions and how the price of agricultural land is still high. 
  • Corey Farrens, Madison County Farmer: Corey talks with Dusty about the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Corn Yield Contest as he was the overall corn yield winner. He talks about his growing practices and what led him to be the winner. 
  • Lincoln Winner, Darke County Farmer: Lincoln talked with Dusty as he was a regional winner in the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Corn Yield Contest. He is a junior at Versailles High School, making him the youngest winner to date. 
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Miller recognized as Guardian of Corn & Wheat

U.S. Congressman Max Miller (OH-07) attended the annual Celebration of Corn & Wheat, sponsored by the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association in Bucyrus, Ohio at which he was presented with the “Guardian of Corn & Wheat” award. The award recognizes Congressman Miller’s steadfast advocacy on behalf of Ohio’s grain farmers. 

Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg caught up with Miller at the celebration. Listen to the full interview on the audio player above.

“Working with Ohio farmers and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association to advance their priorities has been an honor and a lot of fun,” Congressman Miller said. “Our farmers are the bedrock of a vibrant agriculture industry. The Association’s advocacy on behalf of Ohio farmers has been instrumental in guiding my work as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and on the Farm Bill. I will continue to work alongside Ohio farmers to make sure they can continue to feed and fuel our nation.” … Continue reading

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2024 ARC/PLC decisions

By Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, and Ryan Batts Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois and Dr. Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University

Because the 2018 Farm Bill was extended, farmers will have the same commodity title choices in 2024 as they have since 2019. These include the Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO), and ARC at the individual level (ARC-IC) programs. 

For the first time, the effective reference prices in 2024 for corn ($4.01) and soybeans ($9.26) will be above statutory references prices ($3.70 for corn, $8.40 soybeans). Wheat’s effective reference price will remain at the statutory level of $5.50. Those effective reference prices are well below 2024 ARC benchmark prices: $4.85 for corn, $11.12 for soybeans, $6.21 for wheat. As illustrated in the recently updated for 2024 Farm Bill What-If Tool — a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet — ARC-CO will trigger larger payments when county revenues are driven by low yields, while PLC payments may be larger with moderately low prices and higher yields, as well as in scenarios with extremely low prices.… Continue reading

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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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