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Direct marketing meat

Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Athens County and Buckeye Hills EERA

As the interest in locally produced and marketed food grows, livestock owners may find non-farm neighbors and friends asking if they can purchase meat products from them. Possibly livestock owners are wondering how they might add value to their livestock and market some of their livestock as meat to the public. Some basic factors that need to be considered include: regulations regarding meat processing and sales, finding a processor, pricing your product, risk management, and customer relations. In this article I will cover the regulations governing meat processing and sale to the public.

With regard to the regulations regarding meat processing and sale of meat to the public, there are two primary government agencies that are involved. These are the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the county Health Department. Meat sold into a public market must come from an approved source.… Continue reading

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Insights To 300 Bushel Corn

Fred Below of the University of Illinois has spent his career researching how farmers can grow 300-bushel-per-acre corn. Below is a Plant Physiology Professor at the university and has categorized the results of his research into seven management practices – or wonders – that can result in high yielding corn. He says his study helps growers answer the question of what the latest products and practices contribute to yield.

According to Below – the most important factor is weather – followed by nitrogen/fertility, hybrid selection, previous crop, plant population, tillage and growth regulators. Each factor interacts with the others to produce an average bushel-per-acre yield. Below says when combined – all of these factors contribute to big-yield gains.

Below’s unique omission plots allowed him and his team to see the bushel impact when an individual high tech practice or input was added or subtracted – then compare it to other plots in which all high tech actions were in place in the same plot.… Continue reading

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Harvest-time yield assessments dictate insurance indemnities

Farmers with corn or other crops damaged by this summer’s thunderstorms or dry weather will have to wait until harvest to know whether they will qualify for crop insurance indemnity payments.
Multiple peril crop insurance compares final production levels to a guarantee level determined by historical yield averages. So, whether growers chose individual farm or county-based policies, Purdue Extension agricultural economist George Patrick said it’s impossible to know if an indemnity is due until this year’s yields or revenues are known.
“For multiple peril crop insurance, it is the yield or revenue actually obtained relative to the coverage level that determines whether there is a loss for insurance purposes,” he said. “There may be a complete loss on part of the insurance unit, but if the production or revenue for the entire unit is greater than the coverage level, there is no insurance indemnity.”
For example, if a farm is insured at a guaranteed level of 150 bushels of corn per acre and a disaster happens, but at harvest the yield still averages 150 bushels per acre, there would be no payment.… Continue reading

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Pioneer Hi-Bred Presents Ohio FFA $10,000

Tuesday Pioneer’s Jamie Butts visited Ohio’s FFA State Officer Team and she didn’t come empty handed. She brought along a check for $10,000 on behalf of Pioneer Hi-Bred and the Northeast Business Unit. This monetary support will be used specifically for the leadership training of the Ohio FFA State Officers in three programs including Blast-Off, the National Leadership Conference and for State leadership training.

Changing global demands for diverse food supply and sustainable energy means the need for ongoing innovation in the agriculture industry. Building appropriate workforce is critical to an effort to meet growing glabal demands and Pioneer is commited to supporting organizations like the Ohio FFA to help prepare our youth to become leaders in the industry.

Pioneer’s Jamie Butts and Ohio FFA State President Jessica Shanahan visit with Ty Higgins about the appreciation of giving and receiving this gift.

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Corn and soybean production prospects

The 2011-12 corn and soybean marketing year officially begins on Sept. 1. The 2010-11 marketing year is ending with a slowdown in the consumption of both corn and soybeans, suggesting that year-ending stocks could be larger than projected in the USDA’s July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good.
“Those stocks will not be known until Sept. 30, and the estimates in the September Grain Stocks report often deviate from expected levels,” he said.
The USDA will release updated forecasts of 2010-11 marketing year consumption and ending stocks on Aug. 11, he added.
“The 2010-11 marketing year is also ending under a cloud of poor economic and financial news that raises concern about demand for corn and soybeans in the feed, energy and export markets during the year ahead,” he said.
The strength of demand determines the quantity of corn and soybeans that will be consumed and the price end users are willing to pay.… Continue reading

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AGCO unveils all-new Sunflower 1800 Series tandem disc harrows


AGCO is pleased to unveil the latest addition to the Sunflower seeding and tillage lineup, the all-new Sunflower 1800 Series Tandem Disc Harrows. These heavy-duty machines combine bigger blades and wider blade spacing with larger frames to produce some of the highest weight-per-blade specifications in the industry, to easily cut through compacted soils and heavy crop mat.
“Professional producers looking for a durable machine that can break through hard-packed soils and thick crop residue need not look any further than the Sunflower 1800 Series Tandem Disc Harrows,” said Larry Kuster, product marketing specialist. “These machines are designed to efficiently incorporate heavy residue into the soil to help maintain a healthy, nutrient-rich soil structure so producers can maximize their crop yield potential.”
The Sunflower 1800 Series Tandem Disc Harrows are available in two models — SF1830 and SF1810 — each with a variety of widths and configurations that cater to the specific needs and field conditions of individual farming operations.… Continue reading

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Between the Rows-August 8, 2011

There has finally been some rain. “We got a tenth and half to six-tenths last night. Things have turned around some, but our subsoil is still extremely dry. We’ve been getting the quarter-inch, three-tenth, half-inch rains that are keeping the crops alive. An inch and nine-tenths is the least we’ve gotten on any of our farms now since planting and some of them have gotten up to 2.5 inches.

“The corn is just coming into tassel and pollination, which is great because we got these showers and cooler temperatures. Things are turning around, but we have farms that, up to this weekend, did not get more than an inch and three-tenths since planting. It somehow keeps hanging on. The recent rains will certainly be a plus for pollination.

“Last week we sprayed 280 acres for spider mites in our soybeans. We also added a little Lorsban with that for the aphids that we are seeing coming in.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – August 8th, 2011

As of Sunday August 7th, 83 percent of corn was silked (tasseled), compared to 98 percent last year and 96 percent for the five-year average. Corn in dough was 15 percent, which was 45 percent behind 2010 and 24 percent behind the five-year average. Corn dented was 1 percent, compared to 9 percent last year and 3 percent for five-year average. Seventy-nine percent of Soybeans were blooming, compared to 95 percent last year and 94 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-three percent of soybeans were setting pods, compared to 75 percent last year and 67 percent for the five-year average.

Here is the complete report, including crop conditions.Continue reading

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Ohio's Crop Progress Report – August 8th, 2011

As of Sunday August 7th, 83 percent of corn was silked (tasseled), compared to 98 percent last year and 96 percent for the five-year average. Corn in dough was 15 percent, which was 45 percent behind 2010 and 24 percent behind the five-year average. Corn dented was 1 percent, compared to 9 percent last year and 3 percent for five-year average. Seventy-nine percent of Soybeans were blooming, compared to 95 percent last year and 94 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-three percent of soybeans were setting pods, compared to 75 percent last year and 67 percent for the five-year average.

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Ohio Department of Agriculture preserves 41 farms using Clean Ohio Funds

After reviewing and scoring landowners’ applications for the tenth funding round of the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP), the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board has recommended 41 farms for funding to Ohio Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer. A total of $6.4 million from the Clean Ohio Fund will be used to purchase agricultural easements on these farms to preserve them in perpetuity.
The AEPP is the farmland preservation component of the Clean Ohio initiative to protect rural greenfields and reclaim brownfields. The Clean Ohio Fund was originally approved by Ohio’s voters in 2000, and further supported at the ballot for continuation in 2008. A total of $25 million from the $400 million Clean Ohio Fund is dedicated to preserving farmland by purchasing agricultural easements on farms.
This year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation received 190 applications from 35 counties competing for the limited money available through the Clean Ohio Fund.… Continue reading

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Monstanto launches 2nd annual America’s Farmers Grow Communities

A $2,500 donation can go a long way to help rural communities. It can fund rescue equipment for a local fire department, purchase new books to fill a school library or help stock shelves for the local food pantry. Now, farmers in more than 1,200 eligible counties across 39 states can do their part to plant the seed to help grow their community by signing up for the 2nd annual America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM. This program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the chance to direct $2,500 to their favorite community nonprofit.

“Participation in the first annual Grow Communities program was incredible, with nearly 50,000 farmers signing up for the chance to support their local communities,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund President. “Farmers across the country made this program a huge success, and we are thrilled to announce that farmers again have the opportunity to help grow their communities.”

Grow Communities was created to benefit nonprofit community groups such as agriculture youth organizations, schools and other civic groups that are important to America’s farmers.… Continue reading

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Monstanto launches 2nd annual America's Farmers Grow Communities

A $2,500 donation can go a long way to help rural communities. It can fund rescue equipment for a local fire department, purchase new books to fill a school library or help stock shelves for the local food pantry. Now, farmers in more than 1,200 eligible counties across 39 states can do their part to plant the seed to help grow their community by signing up for the 2nd annual America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM. This program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the chance to direct $2,500 to their favorite community nonprofit.

“Participation in the first annual Grow Communities program was incredible, with nearly 50,000 farmers signing up for the chance to support their local communities,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund President. “Farmers across the country made this program a huge success, and we are thrilled to announce that farmers again have the opportunity to help grow their communities.”

Grow Communities was created to benefit nonprofit community groups such as agriculture youth organizations, schools and other civic groups that are important to America’s farmers.… Continue reading

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Massey Ferguson unveils 9500 Series Axial Combines


Massey Ferguson is pleased to unveil the ‘Next Generation’ of axial combines. Simply put, the all-new Massey Ferguson 9500 Series Combines are the most productive and efficient combines ever offered from Massey Ferguson – providing greater power and capacity – designed to perform in even the most adverse crop conditions. The 9500 Series combines are powered by new AGCO POWER engines and offer exclusive advancements such as the new Trident processor, exclusive V-Cool system, redesigned cleaning system and more.
“Since 2006, we have committed significant investments to growing the company’s global presence in crop harvesting. The recent introduction of the Massey Ferguson 9250 DynaFlex header is just one example of the outcome of the increased resources,” explains Kevin Cobb, product marketing manager for Massey Ferguson combines. “The 9500 Series represents another milestone in the strategy, introducing major design advancements to our axial combine and delivering new solutions to today’s harvesting challenges.”… Continue reading

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U.S. ag is paying the price for stalled trade agreements

Following the contentious debt-ceiling vote, the U.S. Congress left town for its August recess without finalizing action on stalled free trade agreements (FTA) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, but Floyd Gaibler, U.S. Grains Council director of trade policy, is hopeful all three will be approved some time in September.

“A delayed vote would be unfortunate, since it would further delay getting these FTAs in place,” said Gaibler, noting that FTAs with competitors are moving forward. South Korea’s FTA with the European Union went into effect July 1 and Colombia’s FTA with Canada will take effect Aug. 15.

“The lack of these agreements diminishes our ability to be competitive and threatens further erosion in our corn exports to Colombia,” he said.

As the political and economic pressure to create more jobs becomes more apparent, he believes Congress and the President will come to an agreement on a trade jobs program that has held up the FTA votes, especially since the pacts have clear bipartisan support.… Continue reading

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Lamb Jam at Ohio State Fair


While many Ohio State Fairgoers prepare their taste buds for corn dogs, elephant ears and other traditional fair fare, visitors have something new to try this year. Delicious, American raised lamb prepared by some of the top chefs in Ohio will be the feature of the first Ohio Lamb Jam competition on Aug. 5. Fairgoers can stop by for free samples of delicious lamb and some great recipes for preparing lamb and a chance to see the chefs in action.
We are seeing strong demand as more people are re-discovering the delicious and diverse qualities of cooking with lamb,” said Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. “Whether ordering at a restaurant or preparing a recipe at home, more consumers are choosing lamb.”
The Lamb Jam with start at 11:30 near the west side of the Brown Sheep Building. Celebrity judges will evaluate the lamb dishes prepared by the chefs.… Continue reading

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Upcoming events focus on soil ecology

Ohio State University Extension, in conjunction with the Natural Resource Conversation Service and the Ohio No-till Council, has developed ECO Farming, a tillage system for farmers to consider at upcoming field days.

ECO Farming is a new concept and way of farming in the 21st century.

“ECO Farming stands for Eternal no-till, Continuous living cover, and Other best management practices,” said Jim Hoorman, assistant professor with OSU Extension. “In other words, absolutely trying to eliminate tillage as much as possible.”

Hoorman, along with Ray Archuleta of NRCS’ East National Technology Service Center, Ohio No-till Council President Dave Brandt, and Mark Scarpiti, Ohio NRCS agronomist collaboratively defined and promoted the ECO Farming concept.

“Continuous living cover means that farmers try to keep a living crop on the soil 100% of the time,” Archuleta said. “The goal is to protect the soil from soil erosion, increase water infiltration, and decrease nutrient runoff.”

Examples include grain crops followed by cover crops, pasture or hay systems, or perennial plants.… Continue reading

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Kinze Manufacturing unveils first autonomous row crop technology

 

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. unveiled an innovative solution to increase productivity on the farm — the Kinze Autonomy Project. The technology, which is the first of its kind in row crop production worldwide, utilizes autonomous agricultural equipment to complete many tasks on the farm with minimal direct human input.

“We’re excited to introduce the first truly autonomous row crop solution in the world on this scale,” said Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, vice president and chief marketing officer at Kinze. “This technology could be used to do a variety of tasks, including planting, nourishing, maintaining and harvesting crops.”

As a project more than two years in the making, Kinze performed extensive obstacle detection testing to ensure the accuracy and safety of the autonomous equipment. Beginning in a laboratory environment and then in the field, Kinze engineers simulated real-world scenarios to ensure the equipment would detect objects often encountered in the field, such as fence posts, stand pipes, farm animals and other vehicles.… Continue reading

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Syngenta receives Japanese and Mexican import approvals for corn trait stack

Syngenta in North America announced that it has received import approval from Japanese and Mexican regulatory authorities for the Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack, which offers corn growers dual modes of action against a broad-spectrum of above-ground (lepidopteran) insects including corn borer and a 5% refuge in the Corn Belt region of the United States. These regulatory approvals allow the importation of U.S. corn grown with the Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack for food or feed use within Japan and Mexico.

“Japanese and Mexican import approvals provide U.S. growers access to a highly valuable market and is a major step toward Agrisure Viptera 3220 trait stack commercialization for the 2012 growing season,” said David Morgan, Syngenta region director of North America and president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. “Soon growers will be able to reap the benefits of record commodity prices, achieving higher yield potential with an unprecedented level of corn pest control and reduced refuge requirements.”… Continue reading

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SCI welcomes a new area seedsman

Seed Consultants, Inc., is pleased to announce that Lance Weaver has been named an area seedsman. In his new position Lance will cover Coshocton, Holmes, Knox, Muskingum, Morrow, Marion and Tuscarawas counties in Ohio.

Raised near Coshocton, Oh., Lance has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business administration from Franklin University in Columbus, and recently completed the Certified Crop Advisor training. Lance has been a part of the Seed Consultants team since 2008.

“My career goal was to be in the seed business,” Lance said. “I’m looking forward to taking care of the customer.”

“Lance has a passion for serving farmers and is dedicated to meeting their needs. We’re
looking forward to him serving this area,” said Chris Jeffries, general manager at SCI.
Lance can be reached on his mobile phone at (740) 502-6622 or by e-mail at LanceWeaver@seedconsultants.com.… Continue reading

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