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U.S. Soy Animal Agriculture Study

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

Ohio farmers plant approximately 5 million acres of soybeans every year. With a statewide average of 56 bushels per acre, that is over 280 million bushels of soybeans produced annually. Soybean farmers sell the whole bean, but processors break up the soybean into components.  Soybean meal and soybean oil are the two primary components. Until recently, soybean oil was considered the by-product, and soybean meal was the primary protein source for livestock feed. Recently that has changed as the soybean oil has gained market share and added tremendous value to the bean. The soybean meal still carries significant value, and livestock remain the number one market of soybeans because of the soybean meal component. One goal of the Soybean Check-off is to create market demand, and understanding the market helps decision makers to effectively allocate their resources.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 323 | A Dive Into CAUV

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 Leah Hetrick, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education and Member Engagement. They discuss Current Agricultural Use Value, also known as CAUV, for Ohio farmers. Nearly half of Ohio’s counties will be reevaluated this year, determining property value. Hetrick explains that farmers have recently been having questions especially regarding taxes and what it means for farmland value. 

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Scott Fenwick, Clean Fuels Alliance American: Fenwick is the technical director and he talks about biodiesel with Dale.
  • Morgan Anderson & National FFA Convention Update: Joel talks with newly elected Eastern Region Vice President, Morgan Anderson. He also mentions Ohio FFA highlights at the 96th National FFA Convention.  
  • Lawrence Onweller, Fulton County Farmer: He chats with Matt about slow harvest progress with high moisture levels. 
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Corn harvest behind 5-year average

After a round of precipitation and overnight freezes early last week, the row crop harvest progressed steadily, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS,Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 19% short, 67% adequate, and 14% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on November 5 was 43.0 degrees, 5.7 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.56 inches of precipitation, 0.16 inches below average. There were 4.6
days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 5.

Though corn moisture content remained higher than average, the corn harvest’s pace accelerated last week. Farmers in northern tier counties reported instances of cob rot, mold, and sprouting in harvested grain. 45% of corn was harvested and the moisture content of corn grain at harvest was 22%. Eighty-nine percent of soybeans were harvested and the moisture content of soybeans at harvest was 13%. Corn condition was 87% good to excellent. … Continue reading

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Farmer’s Guide to Trucking Regulations available to Ohio Farm Bureau members

Hauling grain and livestock over the roads can raise questions about state and federal transportation regulations. The Ohio Farm Bureau legal team has created the Farmer’s Guide to Trucking Regulations as a free resource, exclusively for members.

The newly revised guide includes a farm driver checklist, overview of both state and federal regulations and exemptions, details on CDL qualifications, details on inspections, load regulations, hazardous materials, emergency response information and more.

“Navigating through both state and federal laws, in addition to identifying any agricultural exemptions that may apply, can easily become a burdensome and confusing endeavor,” said Leah Hetrick, director of legal education and member engagement with Ohio Farm Bureau. “This guide was built with the intention to gather and organize information and resources that may help answer some of the common questions we receive, and to inform our members of important regulations they should be aware of.”

Also in the second edition of the guide, find updates related to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Transportation Act (MAP-21), including federal exemptions that apply to “covered farm vehicles.”… Continue reading

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Drying high moisture corn

By Elizabeth Hawkins and Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Ohio State University Extension

Corn harvest progress in Ohio has been behind pace as field drying has been slower than expected. Currently only 29% of the corn crop has been harvested compared to a 5-year average of 49%. With the recent rainfall and colder temperatures in the forecast, it will become much more difficult to field dry corn creating a need to send high moisture corn to the dryer. 

As the weather turns cooler, it can become much more difficult to manage wet grain. It also becomes more difficult to determine moisture since most moisture meters are not accurate when grain temperature falls below 40 degrees F. In order to get an accurate moisture estimate, put a grain sample in a sealed container and let it warm to room temperature, and retest moisture. It is also recommended that you allow the corn coming out of the dryer to cool to room temperature before testing moisture, especially if the tester is kept in a cool area.… Continue reading

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Harvest 2023 is winding down

Lawrence Onweller

It is going slow. The corn planted in May isn’t drying down. It’s still running 24% moisture. The yields are good, but we’re burning through a lot of gas and that part is going slow. The moisture in the corn just doesn’t want to drop, especially the fuller season corn. It just takes a long time to take twice as much moisture out and that’s literally what you’re doing when you’re harvesting 24% corn, you’re taking almost double the amount of moisture out.

With the weather, you’re able to harvest part of the day and then do field work part of the day. We’ve had sprinkles — no large rains in the last couple of weeks — just intermittent rains that haven’t really slowed down harvest. 

We’re seeing a lot of the corn yield in the 220s. That’s really good and the last 3 years it’s been like that.… Continue reading

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Hear Ohio Ag Net on WBCO 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 WBCO AM/FM serving Crawford and surrounding counties. Tune in to 107.5 FM and 1540 AM to hear the Ohio Ag Net Monday-Friday at 8:07 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 5:10 p.m.

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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Bane-Welker Equipment acquires exclusive Case IH commercial application equipment sales & service rights for Ohio

Bane-Welker Equipment now offers commercial application sales and service in all 88 Ohio counties.

Bane-Welker Equipment is pleased to announce it has acquired the exclusive Case IH Commercial Application Equipment rights from Kale Marketing LLC of Richwood, OH. This acquisition expands Bane-Welker’s reach across Ohio, bringing its exceptional brand, products, and services to more commercial application customers.

“We are thrilled to have acquired the exclusive rights for Case IH’s commercial application business in Ohio. This is a game-changer for us, as it allows us to access new markets while offering unique and differentiated products, support, and services to our commercial customers,” said Jason Bane, President and COO of Bane-Welker Equipment. “This transaction is a vital piece in Bane-Welker’s ongoing transformation, and through this, we are creating significant value for our customer base, stakeholders, and Case IH. Furthermore, I would like to personally thank Mrs. Eilene Kale, Mr. Jeff Evans, and the entire Kale Marketing team for their professionalism and respect throughout negotiations and the closing process.”… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Episode 30, Mark IV Farm

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

In Episode 38 of the Ohio Field Leader Podcast, Dusty visits with Jack Sommers at Mark IV Farm in Champaign County to discuss their family heritage in the pork business, and their use of no-till and cover crops in the Mad River Valley. There are some similarities between feeding hogs and feeding the microbes that live in the soil and Jack shares some of the insights he learned in his time as an OSU Extension Agent and implementing the practices on his own farm. 

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Ohio’s Morgan Anderson elected National FFA Officer

Morgan Anderson, Ohio’s candidate to be a National FFA Officer, has been elected to be part of the 2023-2024 officer team as the eastern region vice president. Anderson is originally a member of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter and is currently a student at Ohio University studying broadcast journalism.

Anderson has also served as a part-time employee of Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal as an FFA reporter.

In the video above, we spoke with her in the week leading up to her selection about what motivates her to lead the nearly-one-million member strong organization.… Continue reading

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Big expansion for Ohio soybean crush

By Matt Reese

After years of playing second fiddle to meal, soybean oil has seen a spike in demand for food and fuel uses and inspired domestic expansion in crush capacity. Nationwide, crush capacity is expected to grow by as much as 30% over the next 3 years as additional food and biofuel demand creates a need for more soybean oil.

“With the biofuel revolution, we are adding crush capacity,” said Darren Kadlec, a farmer from North Dakota on the U.S. Soybean Export Council board. “We used to want the meal because that was where the value was. Now, we want the meal and the soybean oil, and there is increased demand for both.”  

Ohio soybean growers will benefit from this crush capacity increase, especially around projects based in Shelby County and Wyandot County. This fall, Cargill completed an expansion and modernization project at its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney.… Continue reading

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Wheat and zinc deficiency

By Manbir Rakkar, Laura Lindsey and Ed Lentz, CCA, Ohio State University Extension

We have had a question about whether wheat would benefit from zinc (Zn) fertilizer. Zinc is one of the essential plant nutrients. An optimum amount of Zn is needed for the synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and chlorophyll in plants. It also plays a critical role in various enzymatic activities. Therefore, Zn should be available for crops in adequate amounts to avoid yield reductions. 

Would we expect to see a deficiency or the need for Zn in wheat in Ohio? Probably not. Table 30 in the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations only shows corn and soybean as crops where a deficiency may occur on high pH soils and soils with low soil test Zn level, not wheat. Keep in mind, field crops in Ohio have a very infrequent response to micronutrient fertilization (https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/agf-519). For example, this year, winter wheat yields were extremely high, which can be primarily attributed to good environmental conditions during grain fill.… Continue reading

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Implement the month-end close for your business

By Brian Ravencraft

Financial practices that business owners and farmers implement and then do repeatedly over time tend to be beneficial. One of those practices is known as “closing the books” or the “month-end closing” process. I am not just speaking in accountant slang; these are actual exercises that can set any business up for success and can save the owner many headaches when the end of the year arrives.

The month-end closing process is something you can set up with your accountant. This will be conducted at the end of every month and will allow you and the accountant to really take a deep dive into the finances of the business. This will be the time to reconcile any mistakes and to plan for upcoming expenses. Doing this simple exercise will also allow you to prevent lost revenue, plan for tax obligations and more.

The month-end process can look different for different businesses, but it typically includes actions such as: reviewing the balance sheet and financial statements, reviewing accounts payable and accounts receivable, examining journal entries in accounting software, evaluating income and expenses, reconciling accounts, and reviewing fixed assets.… Continue reading

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Farm Bureau hosts estate planning, tax program Nov. 13

Ohio Farm Bureau is hosting an estate planning and tax update program for farmers later this year. “Future Minded Farmer with Adam Sharp” will provide insights on upcoming changes to farm estate tax structures set to take effect in 2026.

The event will take place Nov. 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Delphos. A traditional German-style dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president, will share updates on the organization’s efforts to continue delivering value to members through advocacy, connection and on-farm business solutions. Attendees also will hear from farm attorney Evin Bachelor with Wright & Moore Law and financial advisor Bruce Jones on steps that can be taken now to protect farm interests in the future.

The program is free for Farm Bureau members and $15 per person for non-members. Space is limited and registration is requested by Nov.… Continue reading

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H2Ohio deadline to plant cover crops extended

Due to a late harvest and adverse weather conditions, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is extending the 2023 H2Ohio program deadline for planting overwintering cover crops.

H2Ohio producers enrolled in the 24 counties of the Western Lake Erie Basin will have until Nov. 15, 2023, to plant overwintering cover crops.

For more information about the H2Ohio Program or the extended deadline to plant cover crops, please contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.… Continue reading

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Specialty pork, significant slopes, conservation tillage and cover crops — Mark IV Farm

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

Since the 1930s, the Sommer’s family has been farming the rolling fields of Champaign County. Jack Sommers still lives in the farmhouse that his grandfather lived in when he purchased the farm over 90 years ago. Over the years the farm has had a diverse mix of livestock, with pigs being one of the constants. It was only this past summer that Jack and his family sold the last of the sows and transitioned to strictly grain crop production.

“My grandfather moved here from Ross County in 1917-1918 and raised his family here. In the 1930s he purchased this farm. It has always been a livestock and crop farm until just recently when we sold the last of the sows. We raised Berkshire sows producing specialty meats for Saddleberk which provided all natural, heritage breed Berkshire pork to the Kroger Company,” Sommers said.… Continue reading

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A historical look at December corn lows and soybean price potential

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

Last week, corn finished down 15 cents and was nearly 30 cents off the highs from the previous week. Harvest pressure may finally be hitting the corn market. The commercial short positions in the market, which the trade usually views as farmer sales, are at the lower end of the range of the last 10 years. This should be concerning to unsold producers because it means farmers are way behind on sales and any futures rally may be met with increased sales pressure. It could also mean the low for the marketing year is not in yet.

A historical look at December corn lows

In 8 out of the last 16 years December corn has hit a low for the calendar year after Sept. 1. Half of those lows occurred in September and the other half of those lows came in November as seen in this chart:

So far, the low for the year was on Sept.… Continue reading

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