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Wet weather and soybean stand

By Laura Lindsey, Alexander Lindsey, Ohio State University Extension

Saturated soils after soybean planting can cause uneven emergence and stand reductions of varying extent depending on the stage of the soybean plant and other environmental factors including temperature and duration of saturated conditions. Additionally, increased disease incidence may further reduce plant stand.

Saturated soil prior to germination: While soil moisture is necessary for germination, soybean seeds will not germinate when soils are saturated because oxygen is limiting.

Saturated soil during germination: Saturated soils during soybean germination may cause uneven emergence. In a laboratory study, soybean germination was reduced by ~15% after only one hour of flood conditions (Wuebker et al., 2001). After 48 hours of flood conditions, soybean germination was reduced 33% to 70% depending on when imbibition (seed taking up water) began relative to the flooding conditions. Practically, for Ohio, this means if soybean seeds were further along in the germination process when flooding occurred, the seeds will be more susceptible to flooding stress.… Continue reading

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Have SCN sorrows been drowned in soggy fields?

Farmers looking for any bit of good news in all of the rain-soaked suffering this spring are asking if the extreme overabundance of moisture has drowned Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN).

“Unfortunately, the answer is no,” said Greg Tylka, Iowa State University nematologist and leader of The SCN Coalition.

Nematodes are worms (animals) that require oxygen.

“They absorb oxygen through their body wall or cuticle, which is made almost exclusively of proteins (and no chitin),” he said. “Waterlogged soils may have greatly reduced levels of oxygen. But many plant-parasitic nematodes, including SCN, can survive long periods of time with little oxygen.”

In the early 1970s, scientists at the University of Arkansas conducted experiments to determine whether SCN could survive in flooded conditions. They found that hatched SCN juveniles survived in water up to 630 days — and probably longer, but the experiment ended after 630 days. Scientists also tested survival of SCN in flooded soils, and the juveniles survived seven to 19 months depending on soil texture.… Continue reading

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Field-to-Lake agriculture event July 17 in Kalida

The annual Field-to-Lake Agriculture Event will take place on July 17, 2019 at the Kalida Fish and Wildlife Game Club. The Field-to-Lake program will feature more than 15 industry and farming experts focusing on topics related to water management, soil health, profitable conservation, and updates from agriculture agencies and groups.

The day will kick off at 1:00pm and will include a keynote address by Aaron Wilson, Senior Research Associate at Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and OSU Extension Agent. Wilson will explain his study of Ohio climate and how conservation practices will play a role in successful agriculture as we continue to see weather patterns change. Afternoon breakout sessions will run until 4:15pm followed by a local farmer-led panel. Dinner will be provided including six industry updates. The evening will conclude with an ice cream social hour giving farmers the opportunity to connect.

The event is free upon registration and open to the public.… Continue reading

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Oats could address forage shortage on prevented planting acres

By Allen Gahler and Stan Smith, Ohio State University Extension

Last week, USDA released the declaration that a cover crop planted onto prevented planting acres can now be harvested as a forage after Sept. 1, rather than the normal date of Nov. 1, which provides a small glimmer of hope for some livestock producers and those equipped to harvest forages. While Ohio is experiencing a severe shortage of forages for all classes of livestock, weed control on prevented planting acres is also a major concern. With USDA’s declaration, we can now address both problems in one action — seeding cover crops that will be harvestable as a forage after Sept. 1.

As with everything else this season, however, patience is the key. Although an ideal situation would be cover crops that can be put out immediately and reduce the need for tillage, chopping, or spraying of weeds already present, there are unfortunately not many species of cover crop that will accomplish this and still provide significant tonnage or feed quality as a forage in September.… Continue reading

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NASS releases Census of Agriculture Congressional District profiles and rankings

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture on the NASS website. This summary presents data by congressional district that includes land, farms, market value of agricultural products sold, rankings, and producer characteristics. These profiles are often used by producers, congressional leaders, and others to support agriculture in their districts.

“The profiles are a quick way to see what’s going on with agriculture in a particular area — to show its value at the local level,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “They provide an easy way to evaluate high-level data, compare characteristics of one district to another, and educate colleagues, policymakers, and non-farming neighbors about farming in that location.”

NASS released the Census of Agriculture State and County profiles on May 30. Still to be released is the Watersheds Report on July 25; the American Indian Reservations Report on Aug.… Continue reading

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Miami County Agricultural Society putting New Holland T5.110 to work

The Miami County Agricultural Society received a big blue present last week from Apple Farm Service: a new tractor! A New Holland T5.110 was delivered to the Miami County Fairgrounds on  June 10 for the next six months. This 114 horse-power tractor will be used for numerous tasks around the grounds, such as mowing, raking the track, maintaining the barns, and anything else where a utility tractor can help.

“We’ve already had fun putting this tractor to work,” said Nick Shellenberger, president of the Miami County Agricultural Society. “We’re thankful that Apple Farm Service thought of us when they ordered this utility tractor!”

The Miami County Fairgrounds will be allowed to use this new tractor for six months thanks to a community involvement project between New Holland and their local dealerships.

“Apple Farm Service is glad to give back to the Miami County Ag Society,” said Bill Apple, President of Apple Farm Service.… Continue reading

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DFA and Kroger team up to provide milk for Mid-Ohio Foodbank

In celebration of June Dairy Month, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) — a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families — and The Kroger Co. announced a year-long commitment to donate milk to Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Grove City, Ohio.

Through the partnership, DFA farm families from Ohio will provide raw milk, which will be processed at Tamarack Farms Dairy, Kroger’s Newark, Ohio dairy processing facility. It will then be distributed to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, which provides enough food for 140,000 meals a day in 20 counties through 680 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs and senior housing sites across central and eastern Ohio. The donated milk will be delivered to the Foodbank daily through May 2020 and will total nearly 44,000 gallons, which equates to more than 700,000 eight-ounce servings.

“It’s been exciting to collaborate from farm-to-table on this partnership and provide farm-fresh milk to food insecure households across Ohio,” said Dana Zurcher, President, Kroger Columbus Division.… Continue reading

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USDA funding addresses feral swine populations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was offering $75 million in funding — as part of the 2018 Farm Bill — for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. The pilot program is a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

“We thank USDA for implementing this important Farm Bill program to reduce feral swine populations. Wild pigs are difficult to control and when in close proximity to domestic production, they are almost impossible to control,” said David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a pork producer from Lillington, North Carolina.

“Most seriously, we are concerned about the spread of feral swine carrying diseases, including African swine fever (ASF), an animal disease affecting only pigs and with no human health or food safety risks. While outbreaks of ASF continue throughout China and other parts of Asia, there are no reported cases in the United States.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau News Update | June 26, 2019 | Ohio Working Lands Sign Up, disaster declarations and more

Welcome to this week’s news roundup from Ohio Farm Bureau. Click here for our front page news and information, sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

If you’re a member, thank you for your support. Be sure to take advantage of all of your member benefits, including the updated Ohio Landowner Toolkit.

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Current News

Ohio asks USDA for disaster declarations

Gov. Mike DeWine has formally asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a disaster declaration following a devastatingly wet spring. Ohio Farm Bureau strongly encourages farmers who have had difficulty planting their 2019 crops to share their situation with the county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible. The information provided will assist them in determining if a Disaster Declaration request would be applicable for that county.… Continue reading

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Emergency forages for planting early to mid-summer

By Mark Sulc, Extension Forage Specialist, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and Bill Weiss, Extension Dairy Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

Many dairy producers are facing a critical forage shortage to feed their herds. Forage stands were damaged across Ohio this past winter, and the wet spring has further deteriorated the few stands that initially appeared they might recover from winter damage. It is now too risky to try to establish new perennial forage stands, with the warmer summer weather coming on. We should wait until August to establish perennial stands. Meanwhile, what options can we consider for growing forage this year?

We are well past the time when cool-season species like oats, triticale, Italian ryegrass, and spring barley can be planted. Sudangrass, sorghum x sudangrass hybrids, pearl millet, and forage sorghum grow rapidly in summer and yield a total of 3.5 to 5 tons of DM with acceptable nutritive value.… Continue reading

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June 27 meeting to focus on cover crops for prevented planting acres

On June 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Ohio Northern University, McIntosh Center, Ballroom (yes, the same big Room A, upstairs, used for the Conservation Tillage Conference) cover crop experts and suppliers in Ohio will be featured in a meeting focused on how to handle the many prevented planting acres in northwest Ohio.

David Brandt (Walnut Creek Seeds), Dwight Clary (Clary Farms LLC), Cody Beacom (Bird Agronomics), and Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension, Wood County will talk cover crops. Weed control is also critical in prevented planting situations and Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension Auglaize County, will speak on the topic. Brad Wingfield, Wingfield Crop Insurance Service, will cover the numerous crop insurance issues farmers will have to work through.

Additional questions and discussion will be fielded by Bret Margraf, Seneca Conservation District, and Jan Layman, president of Ohio No-Till Council. The focus will be on cover crop options. What will be your next cash crop? … Continue reading

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Ohio NRCS seeks new proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking new proposals for cutting-edge projects that will provide new conservation opportunities with its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Through the CIG program, Ohio will invest up to $150,000 for new projects in fiscal year 2019. The deadline is July 12.

NRCS uses CIG to work with partners to accelerate the transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches in conjunction with agricultural production that address some of the nation’s most pressing natural resource concerns. Ohio priorities in fiscal year 2019 will be Nutrient Management and Water Quality and Native Warm Season Grasses.

All non-federal entities and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration and the maximum award amount for a single award in fiscal year 2019 is $75,000.

CIG utilizes Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds and entities and individuals involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.… Continue reading

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Plan now for the 2019 OCA Replacement Female Sale

By John F. Grimes, OCA Replacement Female Sale Manager

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is announcing an event of potential interest for both the buyers and sellers of beef breeding cattle. On Friday evening, Nov. 29, the OCA will be hosting their seventh annual Replacement Female Sale. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The 2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of Jan. 1, 2020 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory.… Continue reading

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Feed prices rising for 2019

By Brenda Boetel, professor and Extension economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

With stalled planting progress in much of the U.S., the July, September and December 2019 CME corn futures market contracts have increased an average of $0.59 from May 1 to early June. The average May change over the last 5 years has been a decrease of $0.11. Given the significant decrease in plantings and the percentage of corn that has been planted late, corn price may continue to increase. While the trade concerns with Mexico are the bearish indicators the decrease in acres will likely have a greater impact.

Over the last 5 years Mexico has taken an average of 24% of our exports. 24% of the average 5 years of exports is 522 million bushels of corn. If one assumes corn planting will be down 6 million acres to 86.8 million acres and we see a decrease of two bushels per acre to 174.6 bushels per acre yield we would see a decrease in corn production of 554 million bushels.… Continue reading

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Understanding important solar lease terms

By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural & Resource Law Program

With all the rain and delayed planting that Ohio farmers have experienced this spring, signing a solar lease has been a very appealing prospect for many farmland owners. While this may be the right decision for a farm, it is very important that the farmland owner understand exactly what he or she is signing. Once an energy developer offers to pay you to enter into an agreement, and you sign that agreement, its terms will be legally binding.

We wanted to highlight some of the important provisions of a solar lease that you as a farmland owner should look for in your solar lease, and understand what they mean. A good solar lease will be very thorough, and include a lot of legalese. It would be a wise decision to consult with an attorney to ensure that your understanding of your solar lease reflects what the documents say.… Continue reading

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Prevented planting and soybeans

By Gary Schnitkey, Krista Swanson, Jonathan Coppess, and Ryan Batts, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University


The Ohio prevented planting date for soybeans is June 20 with a 25-day late plant period that extends until July 15.

After June 20, the following two options are realistic to consider for most Midwest situations:

  • Take a prevented planting indemnity on soybeans, or
  • Plant soybeans.

A farmer could plant another crop on intended soybean acres, but the economics of those alternatives likely are not competitive with soybeans after the soybean final planting date has arrived. A farmer with qualifying insurance coverage could also wait until the end of the late planting period (25 days after the final planting date) to plant another crop for harvest besides soybeans, resulting in a reduction to a 35% prevented planting indemnity.… Continue reading

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Hands-on opportunities to learn the art of perfect grilling

The next summer get-together is just around the corner.

Family, friends, or old classmates will be in town.

It’s the perfect time for inviting them over to grill out for dinner . . . or is it?

Few things can satisfy or impress family and friends like the aroma, tenderness, juiciness, and deep rich flavor of a steak or chop grilled to perfection. However, there may not be anything that strikes as much apprehension and fear into the hearts of a dinner host, as that of failing to correctly select, prepare and grill the perfect steak. If you’ve ever struggled with the angst of whether you can pull off that perfect meal and eating experience of dinner originating from your grill, then the Grill Smart class is designed for you.

Grill Smart is a program adapted by Henry County OSU Extension Educator, Garth Ruff from the Barbecue Science class that is taught annually on campus at The Ohio State University.… Continue reading

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U.S. corn and soybean yield prospects

By Todd Hubbs, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois

Market attention continues to focus on the potential size of the U.S. corn and soybean crops. Acreage totals look to remain uncertain for the rest of the year and any adjustments in the next WASDE report may not reflect the changes facing both crops this year. U.S. average yields appear set to move lower in the upcoming WASDE report as severe delays in planting indicate reduced yield potential.

Expectations for the U.S. average corn and soybean yields this year continue to deteriorate over recent weeks as planting delays dragged on over much of the Corn Belt. In particular, states in the eastern Corn Belt dealt with extremes moisture and massive delays this year. Yield potential falls for corn planted after the second or third weeks of May, all other conditions equal. Even though progress accelerated last week on drier weather, corn planting after May 25 came in at a higher than average percentage.… Continue reading

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Ohio case law update

By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural & Resource Law Program

Here’s our latest gathering of Ohio agricultural case law news that you may want to know.

Plaintiff must prove that a defendant wedding barn operator’s breach of a duty caused her harm

Conrad Botzum Farmstead is a privately operated wedding and event barn located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area and on lease from the National Park Service. The plaintiff in the case was attending a wedding at the barn, where she broke her ankle while dancing on a wooden deck. The jury trial found that the barn operator was 51% at fault for her injuries, and awarded the plaintiff compensation. However, the barn operator appealed the decision and won. The Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals found that the plaintiff did not introduce sufficient evidence to prove that any act or breach of duty by the barn operator actually or proximately caused the plaintiff to fall and break her ankle.… Continue reading

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Mark Wolfe joins Wilson National

Mark Wolfe of Richwood recently joined Wilson National LLC, a real estate and auction group. In his role Mark will focus on development and implementation of marketing options for customer portfolios of agricultural assets. Mark’s past experiences include a successful career in farm equipment sales and agriculture lending. Wolfe will bring a depth of experience and focus on real estate and machinery sales, valuation and marketing. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Ag Business and is a licensed real estate agent. Mark is engaged in Ohio’s agriculture industry by participating in his own farm operation with his wife and three children.

Along with Mark Wilson, Mike Weasel and Brandon Wilson, Wilson National LLC welcomes Mark and the opportunity to continue serving the Ohio farm community. You can contract Mark at 740-361-6739 or markwolfe@wilnat.com.… Continue reading

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