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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 107 | Prevent Plant, Dairy Month, and County Fairs

The 107th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, with hosts Matt Reese, Dale Minyo and Kolt Buchenroth Starts off with an update from Keith Summers of of Leist Mercantile on prevent plant. He also talks with Devin Cain to celebrate dairy month.

Kolt Buchenroth talks with Representative Don Jones (R-Glenford) about House Bill 6 and how it relates to Ohio’s county fairs. Matt speaks with Tom Ramsey about barley that’s being grown in Ohio. Plus, the whole group’s analysis of the current weather conditions and trying to put a little positive spin on the depressing situation.… Continue reading

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Dairy farms continue through challenging times

By Matt Reese

Just milking twice a day, every day, for four hours each time, can take its toll. Then in between the milking bookends of the day, dairy farmers feed calves, care for the cows, grow crops, bale hay, maintain the farm, and manage the land as a part of their duties. And, despite the relentless work schedule and long hours, many dairy farmers have surely suffered some sleepless nights in recent years as they eek by on the thinnest of margins as milk prices have dropped and stayed low.

Four at a time, Devin Cain milks 61 Holstein cows with his father Larry in Belmont County and the budget has been tight on the dairy farm.

“Ever since 2014, it has been tough with milk prices. I think we saw around $23 milk in 2014. Last year it was down in the $14s and averaged in the $16 range.… Continue reading

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County fairs find relief in Clean Air Bill

By Kolt Buchenroth

Ohio House Bill 6, dubbed the “Clean Air Bill” passed out of the House of Representatives yesterday with a vote of 53-43. The act deals primarily with power generation and the creation of a clean air fund. However, the bill has a provision that will relieve Ohio’s county fair’s of nearly half of their electricity bills, said Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport).

“The problem is that county fairs are on a demand rate. Basically, they pay their electric bills for the week of the fair, but then they have to pay for what it costs to generate that power for the other 11 months. Typically, it’s double what that electric bill is for that one week,” Jones said.

Representative Jones cited the example of a fair that used $20,000 in power for the week of the fair. Utility companies, Jones said, were charging fairs $40,000 over the other eleven months of the year to maintain their equipment to provide that much power.… Continue reading

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EPA approves E15 for year-round use

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday officially announced the final rule allowing retailers to sell gasoline containing 15% ethanol year-round.

The move comes just a day before the official start of the summer driving season, June 1, when due to restrictions on Reid vapor pressues, E15 could not be sold.

The Renewable Fuels Association said the action fulfills President Trump’s promise to eliminate the summertime prohibition on E15, a fuel that offers lower cost, reduced emissions, and higher octane.

“The ethanol industry thanks President Trump for personally championing this critical regulatory reform that will enhance competition, bolster the rural economy, and provide greater consumer access to cleaner, more affordable fuel options,” said Geoff Cooper, RFA President and CEO. “We have always agreed with the President’s assertion that the outdated summertime prohibition on E15 was ‘unnecessary’ and ‘ridiculous.’”

There are continued concerns from ethanol proponents, however, with regard to the small refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard requirements. … Continue reading

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Breakthroughs in management can build business and employee success

By Matt Reese

Whether it is with an individual, a farm or an agribusiness, breakthroughs (some large and some small) are helpful along the path to long-term success.

Breakthroughs were the focus at the 2019 Kalmbach Feeds Agribusiness Conference. At the event, president Paul Kalmbach defined a breakthrough as an intentional life-changing accomplishment that is larger than an incremental improvement.

“We have been very fortunate to have had a lot of breakthroughs,” Kalmbach said. “And one of the great things about breakthroughs is that while they don’t often keep on giving, they do often program more breakthroughs. It really is an important concept.”

He then shared his equation for a breakthrough: Failure + Vision + Understanding + Creativity = Breakthrough.

“Can we think differently? If we can do that, we create more breakthroughs in our businesses and in our lives,” Kalmbach said. “We have to understand where we want to go and what we want to accomplish.Continue reading

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As rains continue, prevented planting decisions loom large

By Eric Richer, Chris Bruynis, and Sam Custer, Ohio State University Extension

Certainly, the Prevented Planting (PP) crop insurance tool has become a hot topic this year. Many of you have had the chance to attend PP meetings or speak with your crop insurance agent. If not, we will try to briefly summarize your options and strongly suggest you talk to your agent or utilize one of the calculators to determine which option best suits your farm operation.

Your first option is to plant the corn crop by June 5, the final plant date for corn (or June 20 for soybeans). Up until the final plant date, you are eligible for your full guarantee at the level you have selected. For example, 80% coverage x 170 bushels per acre APH x $4.00 = $544 per acre. If you elect to plant corn after June 5, you will incur a 1% reduction in your guarantee up through June 25, at which time your corn will crop will become uninsurable.… Continue reading

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Stacy Family Farm serving generations of berry lovers

By Matt Reese

It is a sunny spring Wednesday in mid-May. Berry-smudged preschoolers accompanied by a flock of moms and numerous teachers create a buzz in the fields that drowns out the sounds of the pollinators at Stacy Family Farm in Washington County.

Since 1899, the Stacy Family has farmed for generations on the fringe of Marietta, though most of the previous generations never saw field trips like the groups picking berries today. A changing food culture, evolving markets and a society far removed from the farm have made field trips a much more important part of the business than they used to be.

“Strawberries start late and school is out early, so we have between 2,500 and 3,000 visitors maybe in a 3-week period. We bring them in from up to two hours away and they are here with us for around an hour and a half,” said Janet Stacy.… Continue reading

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“Storm fronts” affecting current markets

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

There are two “storm fronts” affecting markets right now.

The first was widespread rain slowing planting progress, and continued wet weather forecasted. The market might be trading 63% of the corn crop being planted in the Tuesday afternoon’s report. I’m in the camp of around 59%.

The second storm is blowing out of Washington, D.C. Another MFP payment is expected, but there are a lot of changes and rumors circling about how farmers will get paid. At one point, it was anticipated to be based on planted acres like last time, which would encourage farmers to plant as much as possible. Then Thursday it was discussed that payments would still be based upon acres with adjustments by county, but the exact details were unclear. Then on Friday rumors started circulating that prevent plant payments could somehow be included. There were many questions about the feasibility of that possibility at this point.… Continue reading

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Ohio Crop Progress: 22% corn planted, 11% soybeans

This Ohio crop progress update from USDA-NASS sponsored by Bane-Welker Equipment.

Many fields were still too wet for fieldwork but some producers were able to push through wet conditions and 100 complete some planting activities, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. 80 There were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 26. Excess rain in many areas continued to stall fieldwork progress. Some corn and soybeans were planted in well drained fields. There were some reports of failed wheat and alfalfa due to saturated soils. Hay and pasture were in good condition but experiencing a lot of weed growth. Reports of tornados and strong winds caused further crop damage in parts of the State. Very little fieldwork was done last week.

Nationally, crop progress came in at 58% corn planted, below the 90% average.

Soybeans are 29% planted, compared to an average of 66%.… Continue reading

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The corn crop insurance date looms as wet weather continues to stall planting

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

June 5 is the last corn plant date for Ohio producers to have full coverage on their crop insurance in place for 2019. After June 5, producers will lose 1% of coverage each day for corn planted after this date. The late plant period for corn will end on June 25. Much talk has already taken place in recent days as prevent plant options are thoroughly reviewed to see the best option for this year. Early May saw market talk of corn acres switched to soybeans. U.S. prevent plant corn acres could set a record this year. Why? Producers are extremely reluctant to switch those corn acres to soybeans with November CBOT soybeans mid-May falling below $8.50, which translates into fall delivery soybeans below $8 at the vast majority of Ohio grain facilities. The thinking is: “Why would I plant soybeans only to lose more money if weather is not a threatening factor this summer?”… Continue reading

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Disaster aid package clears senate, stalled in house

Senate Republicans and Democrats finally came together on an agreement regarding a $19.1 billion disaster aid package. Some media sources report that the aid package was set to include payments to producers that can’t plant this year. It also will include farmers whose stored commodities were damaged by flooding. Producers who lost crops to hurricanes and wildfires last year will also qualify for payments. The combination of disaster payments and crop insurance benefits or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program would be limited to 90% of a farmer’s loss. Disaster payments to farmers who don’t buy crop insurance will be limited to 70% of their loss. The disaster aid package also includes a provision making industrial hemp eligible for whole-farm insurance policies starting next year. The Senate approved the bill 85-8 on Thursday, just before the Memorial Day recess. Passing the bill had been delayed months because of a battle between President Trump and Democrats over disaster funding for Puerto Rico.… Continue reading

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A little progress, more frustration with planting

Dylan Baer – Wood County

As of right now we are a little over half done with spraying pre-emerge on soybeans. All of it has been done with our ATV sprayer. We have a nice Apache Sprayer in the barn and we haven’t used it. There are farmers in the area that don’t have any spraying done and it is starting to show. We’re thankful to be able to go out and get what we can get while we can get it. Other than that we have been mowing like crazy.

Between our house and McComb there is a field of beans planted up on a ridge. I don’t know when that happened but I saw it the other day. Other than that field, there really hasn’t even been any groundwork done. I think we have over half of our acres that go to corn that still need field cultivated. We just haven’t been able to do anything.… Continue reading

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How late is too late for corn?

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension CCA

As I write this it is obvious that the majority of the corn crop this year will be planted after May 20. I sat last Thursday with a grower from Miami County. We figured the days it takes him to dry out, then to plant first corn and then soybeans and determined that at least some of his crop will be planted into June no matter what. Yields are likely to be reduced. We do know that with good growing conditions and timely late-season rains, we can still produce a decent crop. Consider the economics of your decisions during this season, make those applications that can make you money and skip those that only make you feel good.

Frost worries? Or just wet corn? The corn plant has the ability to adapt to later planting by advancing more rapidly through the growth stages.… Continue reading

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Initial details of trade relief announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released initial details for a trade assistance package to support farmers and ranchers struggling with oversupply and low prices due to international trade conflicts. The agency plans to allocate as much as $16 billion, including $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). In a press conference President Donald Trump promised quick action for the nations’ farmers.

Secretary Sonny Perdue also praised the measure.

“China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property. President Trump has great affection for America’s farmers and ranchers, and he knows they are bearing the brunt of these trade disputes. In fact, I’ve never known of a president that has been more concerned or interested in farmer wellbeing and long-term profitability than President Trump,” Perdue said.… Continue reading

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Be mindful of sidewall compaction this year

By Joel Penhorwood

With the delayed planting season this year, certain agronomic concerns arise as farmers rush to get in the fields.

Bill McDonald, director of agronomic services for Seed Consultants, said he is seeing some corn fields being planted into wet ground, causing a distinct seed slot to form. That could lead to possible detriment for the corn plant down the road.

“I can stand here and visually look down in the ground and I can see the seed with the mesocotyl coming out of it,” said McDonald, referring to the pictures at right and below. “I have no nodule roots yet and my concern is if we don’t get a rain here relatively quickly, there is going to be nowhere for those nodule roots to go except for up and down the row. We’re dependent on Mother Nature now. We could see a lot of stand loss out here.… Continue reading

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What a difference a week makes!

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

Monday morning corn prices took a dive, but by close on Friday, prices had rallied 40 cents. This rebound is due to widespread rainy weather forecasts through Memorial Day, making expected planting progress slow for the next 10 days. Plus, no one knows how many acres will be designated prevent plant this year. The trade seems to have targeted about 4 million acres at this point.

Last week I discussed how some farmers may consider taking prevent plant if they are eligible, because as of last week, prices were at unprofitable levels. For some, prevent plant may have been the better option financially. Despite disappointing prices, many farmers in the eastern Corn Belt were saying they still planned to plant regardless, because “that’s what they always do.” With this week’s 40 cent rebound, farmers now tell me they are considering how long after their prevent plant date they will still try to plant corn.… Continue reading

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Audits in agriculture

By Brian E. Ravencraft

Timely audits are important for organizations. Timely financial statements can help an organization plan for the coming year. Timely financial statements will also allow organizations to make smarter budget and financial decisions. Second, timely internal control reports and management letter comments can help organizations correct issues before they create bigger problems. Auditors often have very helpful recommendations on how to correct various issues and save the organization time, money, and resources in the process.

How does an organization receive a timely audit report?

First, it is important to have everything reconciled and ready for the auditor as soon as possible after year end. Auditors, like many others, schedule out their work or audits a few months out at a time. If you are not ready when you are scheduled to be, this can cause scheduling problems and make it hard for the auditor to complete your audit.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 106 | Cab Cams, Soggy Weather, and Dorky Car Rides

The 106th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, with hosts Matt Reese, Joel Penhorwood, Kolt Buchenroth, and Zach Parrott. Todays podcast starts off with Joel’s Cab Cam interviews with Andy Detwiler and Greg McGlinch. Cab Cams this week are sponsored by Homan Inc.

Intern Zach Parrott, goes on his first farm visits with Matt Reese and Kolt Buchenroth, where they meet up with Jess and Adam Campbell and Between the Rows farmer, Nathan Brown. Matt Reese also talked with dairy farmer Devin Cain and his backpack program to help feed hungry kids.… Continue reading

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