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More outdoor learning opportunities focus of new pilot program

GrowNextGen is partnering with The Ohio State University to bring more outdoor learning opportunities to students in Ohio. Dale visits with Patrick Nightingale from Kipp Academy, a GrowNextGen teacher, who took part in an educational event earlier this week at Waterman Farms.

GrowNextGen is a program of the Ohio’s Soybean farmers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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AgCredit announces 2023 scholarship winners

AgCredit has announced the winners of the 2023 scholarships awarded through the cooperative’s Joe Leiser Memorial Scholarship program.

Leiser served as the first president and chief executive officer of AgCredit, which is one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders, serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners. The annual program recognizes dependent family members of AgCredit voting stockholders who are enrolled in an agriculture-related field of study at a post-secondary educational institution. The cooperative has awarded scholarships to 37 deserving students over the past 10 years.

AgCredit congratulates the following students for earning scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  • Allison Michaels of Sandusky County is a senior at Wilmington College majoring in agricultural education with a minor in chemistry.
  • Candace Bouillon of Seneca County is a freshman at The Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness.
  • Linsey Eddy of Union County is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in business analytics and information management with a minor in food and agribusiness management.
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Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour for the beef industry in Caldwell

By Christine Gelley, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Noble County Ohio State University Extension

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in partnership with Merck Animal Health and the checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program, are hosting four regional Stockmanship and Stewardship (S&S) events across the nation. These regional events are intended to bring together cattle producers from a large area for a two-day cattle handling and educational program. Events will highlight proper stockmanship techniques as well as local stewardship information.

We are pleased to announce this year one of these events is being hosted in Caldwell, Ohio on Sept. 29 and 30, 2023. This unique Stockmanship and Stewardship event is focused on live low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance training, and industry updates you won’t find anywhere else.

Participants will gain an edge on learning about consumer concerns regarding beef sustainability and livestock welfare, how those concerns have impacted the industry, and the role that Beef Quality Assurance plays in the conversation.… Continue reading

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Ask the expert opportunities at Farm Science Review

Many learning opportunities with Ohio State University Extension specialists can be found with the Ask the Experts sessions taking place every day at the show from 10 a.m. through early afternoon. This conversational dive explores hot/current topics between the moderator, Experts, and the audience. The 30-minute sessions give 15 to 20 minutes of information from the Experts and 10 minutes of Q&A with the audience. It is a place to stop and take a sit-down break at FSR. Grab some food and enjoy. Experts include ag economists, weather scientists, Women in Ag leaders, veterinarians, agricultural attorneys, agronomists.

Topics include: weather whiplash, empowering women in agriculture, USDA Farm Bill, farm property insurance gaps, grain markets, beginning farmer education course, ticks on pasture effecting people and livestock, mold and feed, mental health, carbon markets, an average farm may not be profitable, farm labor, death’s impact on the family business, financial health of Ohio farms, and agronomy versus economics.… Continue reading

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Corn silage pricing tool

It is silage time and, unlike corn grain, quoting the price of silage is challenging with no public market providing official prices. An online decision tool for corn silage sales in Ohio was developed to help producers determine pricing for corn silage sales, based on various resources including extension tools from several land-grant universities and agronomy research.

Some values are guided based on localized and timely information including Ohio county-level cash corn prices from Barchart.com and operation costs in Ohio from Ohio State University Extension. These values will be updated yearly. This tool should only be used for reference and users are encouraged to adjust the value of silage based on their individual circumstances. The full spreadsheet is available for download at Corn Silage Pricing Tool available at the Ohio State University CFAES Knowledge Exchange at kx.osu.edu.… Continue reading

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Impressive silage harvest at MVP Dairy | 2023 Cab Cam | Luke VanTilburg, Mercer County

In this non-traditional Cab Cam, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood steps outside the cab with Luke VanTilburg of MVP Dairy in Mercer County to discuss the impressive silage harvest currently in progress and the logistics behind its success. The undertaking to build up 18 months of silage stocks for the 4,500-cow farm means a team of about 30 individuals are hard at work from the field to the bunk and everywhere in between. The two discuss the logistics behind the feat, this year’s silage quality, leaf diseases, and much more.

The 2023 Cab Cam series is sponsored by Precision Agri Services Inc. More at www.precisionagriservices.com.

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Building a future from the soil

By Matt Reese

Whether it is the start of a new growing season or the advent of a new career for a young farmer, the culture, industry and art of food production begins with the soil.

“Every producer’s most valuable asset is the land they farm. It is the key to their livelihood and long-term productivity, which is why Cargill is committed to partnering with farmers to increase their productivity by promoting sustainable, innovative agricultural practices. Adoption of regenerative practices helps farmers create a system that is more resilient and economically viable, ensuring their success for future generations,” said Nathan Fries, Sustainability Lead with Cargill. “We realize, however, that every farmer is unique and in a different place when it comes to the adoption of regenerative agriculture. Three years ago, we launched Cargill RegenConnect, providing farmers choice as to which practices are best suited to their operation’s unique growing conditions.” 

Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo interviewed Janelle Leach, Conservation Agronomist about the Cargill RegenConnect program in Sidney.
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Securing agriculture

By Greg Doering, Kansas Farm Bureau

The official dedication and ribbon cutting for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas, earlier this year is very welcome news. It also makes me feel old since the process to get here has taken nearly the entirety of my adult life.

Also known as NBAF, the facility is a state-of-the-art lab that will research animal diseases that can also infect humans and develop vaccines and anti-virals for some very nasty bugs. The facility is the replacement of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center off the coast of New York, which is more than six decades old. NBAF will investigate diseases like African Swine Fever, Nipah Virus, and foot and mouth disease, among others.

FMD is among the most contagious infectious diseases in the world, and an outbreak in the U.S. would cost billions of dollars to the livestock industry alone. Vaccines exist for individual strains, but there’s so many different varieties it’s impossible to fully protect against.… Continue reading

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Late Season white mold in some Ohio soybeans

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

In parts of Ohio, the soybean crop is feeling the pressure from white mold. In the Northeast corner of the state, Ashtabula County, the dry weather and intense heat in early September caused some bean fields to shut down and lose their leaves. Fields there suffered from too much moisture early on and now pressure from white mold are bringing concerns of yield losses. 

“The fields that were stressed from too much moisture never recovered and white mold is terrible,” said Jeff Magyar, Ashtabula County Farmer. “The white mold can be seen in 25% to 30% of the soybean acres just driving by the fields.”

A similar story is being told on the west side of Ohio, in Mercer County, as white mold appeared late in the season. With foggy mornings, white mold moved into some fields and is causing potential yield loss concerns. … Continue reading

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FSR welcomes new crop of exhibitors, recognizes supporters

More than 50 companies will join the ranks as exhibitors for the 61st Farm Science Review Sept. 19-21 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center. The new exhibitors represent various sectors in the agriculture industry including livestock handling, equipment advancements, agronomic technology, agricultural policy and more.

“We are witnessing a new wave of technology in agriculture and are looking forward to the advancements our new exhibitors are bringing to the show,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager. “We continue to be a farm show that has something for everybody and that is thanks to the number of exhibitors that show up year-after-year.” 

A few of the new exhibitors joining the line-up at this year’s show include: 

  • Holganix (Booth #554) — Holganix has two unique products for the agricultural market: Bio 800 Agriculture and Bio 800 Breakdown. Holganix Bio 800+ products harness the power of over 800 species of soil microbes to build soil health, increase yield, reduce fertilizer and increase the breakdown of crop residue. 
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Basis is local and futures are global

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

Dry weather is contributing to declining water levels on the Mississippi River. This could make it difficult for U.S. crops to remain competitive globally because it will drive up the cost to ship grain to the export houses. 

The market continues to trade in a tight range while waiting for more crop conditions news. Crops under the most stress in key growing areas of the Corn Belt will be harvested first and will likely have poorer yields. Everyone wants to know how much better the later harvested crop yields will be, and if it will make up for the areas that suffered.

Splitting futures and basis sales

Last week I shared where I set my cash sales compared with prices since harvest as seen in this chart:

This prompted a question from a farmer “What would have happened if I had sold cash corn at the top of the futures market on May 16, 2022?”… Continue reading

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Ohio’s outdoor recreation plan

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is laying out a plan that looks at the future of outdoor recreation and wants us to weigh-in on what we want to see.  ODNR developed a draft of its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) after engaging with public and outdoor recreation providers and conducting a statewide survey. The SCORP is a five-year strategic plan that guides state and local investments for developing and managing outdoor recreation and facilities.

“We know people all around the state love to enjoy the great outdoors in different ways,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “This plan gives us a blueprint for the future and allows us to tailor a plan for outdoor recreation that fits the wants and needs of Ohioans.”

The SCORP priorities include advancing the trail network, enhancing existing recreational facilities, emphasizing recreational opportunities and access to waterways, raising awareness about recreation opportunities, and protecting the natural environment.… Continue reading

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Spotted lanternfly continues its spread in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed several new spotted lanternfly (SLF) infestations across the state, including Columbus and Toledo.

In 2021, ODA designated the spotted lanternfly as a destructive plant pest and established regulations aimed at reducing the risk of spread. As a result of new detections, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Mahoning, and Muskingum counties will be added to the spotted lanternfly regulated area. In regulated areas, spotted lanternfly infestations have been confirmed and inspections are increased.

The spotted lanternfly was first detected in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 2014. It was likely brought to the U.S. by imported goods. The first confirmation in Ohio was in Mingo Junction in 2020. 

The spotted lanternfly is an insect native to Asia that is a pest of grapes, hops, and apples, along with many other species of plants. This pest is a great concern to the grape and wine industry, which contributes more than $6 billion dollars in economic activity to the state yearly.… Continue reading

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No surprises from USDA Sept. 12 numbers

By Bennett Musselman, Leist Mercantile

U.S. highlights — Corn 2023 production 15.100 billion bushels and a yield at 173.8  bushels per acre (bpa). Last month 15.111 billion bushels, yield of 175.1 bpa. Soybean 2023 production 4.1 billion bushels, last month 4.205 billion bushels. 

Even though USDA lowered the national yield by 1.3 bpa, total production did not decrease as expected. USDA increase harvested area for grain by 0.8 million acres. Additionally USDA also increased harvested acres on soybeans by 0.1 million acres. Soybean crush forecast is reduced 10 million bushels and export forecast is reduced by 35 million from last month due to lower supplies.  

Following the noon USDA report release, corn was down 8 cents, soybeans down 11 cents, and wheat down 2 cents. 

US 2023-2024 ending stocks: corn 2.221 billion bushels, last month 2.202 billion bushels; soybeans 220 million bushels, last month 245 million bushels; and wheat unchanged

Trader estimates for 2023-2024 US ending stocks: were corn 2.140 billion bushels; soybeans 207 million bushels; and wheat 613 million bushels.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 315 | The Scoop on Farm Science Review

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 Matt Sullivan about the upcoming Farm Science Review. Sullivan works as the superintendent of the Molly Caren Ag Center. He talks about the upcoming technology and excitement that this year’s farm show will bring Sept. 19-21 in London, Ohio.    

More in this week’s podcast: 

  • Sandra Lausecker, Ohio Poultry Association: Sandra talks about what is going on in the poultry industry, including the effects of highly pathogenic avian influenza with Matt. 
  • Melanie Strait-Bok, Farm Credit Mid-America: What to learn how to succession plan your farm? Melaine talks with Joel about carrying on your farm to the next generation. 
  • Dale Everman, Homan Inc: Everman talks about animal health and proper ventilation with Dale.
  • Bret Davis, GrowNextGen: Bret opened up his farm to teachers within the GrowNextGen program and discusses his experience with Dale. 
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Concerns loom over Endangered Species Act implementation

The American Soybean Association submitted comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service outlining concerns with proposed rules to revise regulations for Endangered Species Act implementation. The three rules are largely aimed at rolling back Trump-era regulatory revisions. 

In the comments, ASA reiterates farmers’ commitment to conservation and general support for efforts to protect endangered and threatened species but emphasizes that protection measures must be reasonable and grounded in the best scientific and commercial data available, as required by the law. 

“Regulatory efforts based on overly conservative assumptions or those that do not balance the protection of species with the coexistence of agricultural production should be rejected,” ASA explains to the agencies. 

FWS intends to reimpose the “blanket rule,” which would allow the agencies to put in place the same restrictions for both threatened and endangered species. In the comments, ASA states this is inconsistent with statute and expresses concern with how this plan would result in greater restrictions on growers who farm in threatened species ranges, which they may not otherwise be subjected to if there were two separate sets of regulations.… Continue reading

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Rye the right crop for nabbing nitrates, capturing carbon and generating bioenergy

By Jan Suszkiw, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Winter rye is prized for its versatility. It is a source of grain and also a forage and ground cover that protects the soil from erosion by wind and rain. But the benefits of winter rye don’t stop there.

A series of studies, begun in 2015, by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university collaborators suggest that establishing a cover crop of winter rye between rotations of corn and soybean can reduce nitrate losses, sequester carbon, and provide a source of renewable natural gas.

Robert Malone, an agricultural engineer with the ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa, is coordinating the studies to evaluate rye’s potential role in the “sustainable intensification of agriculture”—an approach deemed critical to meeting growing world demand for food, feed, fiber, and fuel without overtaxing what the land and natural resources can provide.… Continue reading

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Late disease issues may ding yields

Jeff Magyar

We’re too dry again. Some of the beans in the area are losing all their leaves. I don’t think there’ll be any September run beans, but some guys that planted 2.2s and 2.1s have plants that are losing leaves. They aren’t 50- to 60- bushel beans looking at them as the leaves come off. We had miserable heat and the plants just gave up. Plants that were showing no signs of changing just started yellowing everywhere in the fields after last week’s heat. The beans that were stressed from too much moisture earlier never bounced back. They’ve giving up. They’ve had enough.

White mold is terrible in some areas. I would say 25% to 30% of the soybean acres around here show a sign of white mold just driving by at 50 miles an hour. In other years, I have seen 70-bushel beans in one field and then you get a section that has bad white mold and yields go to 25.… Continue reading

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Great rations make great beef

By Matt Reese

Feedlot cattle need a carefully formulated diet to perform well and consistently, so Mark Goecke puts extensive thought and effort into the right rations.

“We’re from Allen County. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat. We also finish out cattle. We market about 3,000 a year, so we feed a lot of feed every day and we combine our ingredients ourselves and make a complete ration,” Goecke said. “The cattle are mostly Holsteins and we’re getting a lot of the Angus-Holstein cross in right now. All of our animals are in confinement and we feed a ration where the base of it is corn silage for our finishing animals. We like to see a 25% corn silage ration and we add about 57% of the whole corn and then we’re feeding the rest of our protein sources whether it comes from the soybean meal or the distiller’s grain. We get our premix in Lima from Purina that contains soy meal.”… Continue reading

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