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No. two video of the year: John Deere new product launch

Throughout the year we shoot video to bring the people, places and things affecting Ohio agriculture to you. We’ve compiled a list of the top five videos that received the most views in 2011.

In August, John Deere unveiled there largest ever launch of new products.  Our own Ty Higgins was there in Indianapolis and spoke with Ron Brennen of Ohio John Deere dealer Cope Farm Equipment who shared his thoughts on what he saw.

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Top Web stories of 2011: #5

Flood damage in Shelby Co.

As always, the weather was among the top stories this year. And, while we say it every year, 2011 really was quite a year for weather. Moisture was the big story, with flooding problems plaguing communities all over the state. The rains made spring planting among the latest ever in Ohio and led to a long harvest season. The abundant precipitation broke all time records in many parts of the state. View the story here.

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Top Web stories of 2011: #6

Earth Day principles apply every day on farms

This was a nice article highlighting the environmental stewardship efforts of Ohio’s different commodities on Earth Day. For some reason we had boatloads of people viewing this post after searching for “earth” through Google. While we are not sure why that many people are searching for “earth,” we were able to provide a positive agricultural message to non-ag people. The popularity of this story should tell us that the general public is watching what farms do now more than ever and in more ways than ever. Being a good environmental steward has always been an important part of farming, but now you need to make sure everyone else knows that you are being a good environmental steward. Stories like this help with that endeavor. View the story here.… Continue reading

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No. three video of the year: Grand Champion Steer

Throughout the year we shoot video to bring the people, places and things affecting Ohio agriculture to you. We’ve compiled a list of the top five videos that received the most views in 2011.

The number three video of the year is with a girl we’ve featured before. Heather Hetterick spoke with Danielle Heintz when she won the Grand Champion Steer in the Jr. Fair Show at the Ohio State Fair for the second year in a row.

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Top Web stories of 2011: #7

Anderson Ethanol Plant buying wheat

This was something we heard about through the grapevine. Dale Minyo did an interview on this interesting topic about how, with the right corn/wheat price ratio, wheat can be a suitable replacement for corn in ethanol production. It was so interesting that we turned it into a short Web story and featured the audio. View the story here.

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Top Web stories of 2011: #8

John Deere has largest ever launch of new equipment

Wow. This was really something. We could almost see the green glow rising up over Indianapolis as we drove into town for this humdinger of an equipment launch. Ty Higgins and Matt Reese thought the equipment was extremely impressive. Apparently many of our Web site visitors agreed. View the story here.

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Top Web Stories of 2011: #9

First Tier 4 tractor delivered to Ohio

Paul Fortkamp, from Ft. Recovery, was the first customer to receive the new Magnum tractor with SCR technology. He traveled with his dealer, Hull Brothers, to the Case IH manufacturing operation in Racine, Wis., and was “introduced” to his new Magnum 180 tractor by Dean and other company representatives. View the story here.

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Top Web stories of 2011: #10

Issues and opportunities for shale gas production complex

The spiking interest in Ohio’s supply of Utica shale has obviously been a very popular topic in the last year, as landowners have been approached by companies interested in the belowground resources on their farms. The name of he game here is to proceed with caution and do not be in a big rush to sign anything until you have consulted a qualified attorney on the matter. View this story here.… Continue reading

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No. 5 video of the year: stalk destruction

Throughout the year we shoot video to bring the people, places and things affecting Ohio agriculture to you. We’ve compiled a list of the top five videos that received the most views in 2011.

Our #5 video was shot at the National Farm Machinery show in February. Tire damage due to increasing stalk strength was a hot topic there. If you’ve ever been to the show you know how large it is and finding these companies was no easy task. Heather Hetterick brought us details on two stalk destruction pieces the Stalk Hog and Stalk Stomper.

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Lessons from “A Christmas Carol”

By Tim Reeves, the Country Chaplain

Okay, let me ask, have you pulled out the video or DVD of “A Christmas Carol” yet and watched it with your family? Charles Dickens’ immortal Christmas classic celebrates its 168th birthday this year. It’s hard to believe it’s that old! Written in 1843, Dickens’ short story was an immediate hit, with 6,000 copies selling out within three days of publication and it’s still a hit even today.

I’ll openly admit I’m an “A Christmas Carol” fanatic! At this time of year, I bring out all the different media versions of this classic. I read the original story (actually it’s an easy read; only takes a couple hours). I’ll watch several versions, from Lionel Barrymore’s black and white version to the Muppet’s Christmas Carol and Mickey Mouse’s version. I even have a copy of Mr. Magoo’s Christmas carol. Certainly, I’ll listen to Jonathon Winter’s taped reading of the story as well.… Continue reading

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Lessons from "A Christmas Carol"

By Tim Reeves, the Country Chaplain

Okay, let me ask, have you pulled out the video or DVD of “A Christmas Carol” yet and watched it with your family? Charles Dickens’ immortal Christmas classic celebrates its 168th birthday this year. It’s hard to believe it’s that old! Written in 1843, Dickens’ short story was an immediate hit, with 6,000 copies selling out within three days of publication and it’s still a hit even today.

I’ll openly admit I’m an “A Christmas Carol” fanatic! At this time of year, I bring out all the different media versions of this classic. I read the original story (actually it’s an easy read; only takes a couple hours). I’ll watch several versions, from Lionel Barrymore’s black and white version to the Muppet’s Christmas Carol and Mickey Mouse’s version. I even have a copy of Mr. Magoo’s Christmas carol. Certainly, I’ll listen to Jonathon Winter’s taped reading of the story as well.… Continue reading

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Santa left gifts with a strong scent of hogs….

Growing up it was our family’s tradition to open gifts, even those from Santa, on Christmas Eve. To trick us kids, it took a little showmanship on our parents part.

Festivities usually began in early afternoon with all five us trying to get ready, with only one bathroom, for the children’s mass held at 4:00 p.m.

When we returned home over an hour later mom would always order supper from the Inn Between (same place I had to broadcast from when my internet went out a while back). Don’t judge us. We all liked fried chicken. If I had it my way I’d still eat their fried chicken on Christmas Eve.

Then we had to wait on dad to return from doing the feeding, which on Christmas Eve, always felt like it took him three times longer than usual.

Once we were all back in the house we would open our gifts from mom and dad.… Continue reading

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2011 Ohio Soybean Yield and Quality Contest winners

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Ohio Soybean Yield and Quality Contest. This is the second year for the statewide contest with a total of 128 applicants.

There were six different yield categories available and the quality portion of the contest was based on highest percentages of oil and protein.

“The 2011 Ohio Soybean Yield and Quality Contest was a great success this year,” said Bret Davis, OSA president from Delaware County. “We had a good number of applicants and some really impressive yields. OSA congratulates the winners and looks forward to the 2012 contest.”

This year’s Overall State Yield Champion was Jack Groselle from Hiram, Ohio. Groselle recorded a yield of 85.773 bushels per acre with the Pioneer 93Y13 variety.

The complete list of yield and quality winners is listed below:

 

Yield Results

 

Conventional Tillage                                                Yield (bu./acre)            Variety                       

  1. Douglas Spoerl (Westow)                                        79.38            Asgrow 3130
  2. Bill Foster (Rising Sun)                                            77.34            Asgrow 3631
  3. Carl Walton (Upper Sandusky)                              73.22            Croplan 3330

 

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Ohio keeps adding to rainfall records set in 2011


 

It just keeps raining and Ohio is saturated. Two of the three official Ohio climate stations used by the National Weather Service in Wilmington have set all time records for rainfall. Here is the chart of highest yearly precipitation values at the three official climate stations as of Dec. 21.

Top 5 Wettest Years on Record (Through 10 AM Dec 21)
CincinnatiDaytonColumbus
1. 71.65 / 2011*1. 59.75 / 19901. 53.54 / 2011*
2. 57.58 / 19902. 55.88 / 2011*2. 53.16 / 1990
3. 54.67 / 18803. 54.65 / 19963. 51.30 / 1882
4. 53.41 / 19964. 52.23 / 19934. 50.73 / 1890
5. 53.22 / 19505. 51.26 / 19955. 49.17 / 1979
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Ohio farmers place in National Corn Growers yield contest

Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2011 National Corn Yield Contest. Despite the challenging weather conditions that plagued the Corn Belt throughout the year, entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, even doubling it in some circumstances.

The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 47th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. With 8,425 entries, the 2011 NCGA National Corn Yield Contest set a new participation record again this year. This is a 18 percent increase over 2010 (7,125) and an incredible 70 percent increase over 2007 (4,932).

“While this contest provides individual growers a chance for good-natured competition with their peers, it also advances farming as a whole,” said Dean Taylor, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “The techniques and practices contest winners develop provide the basis for widely used advances that benefit the industry.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Herringshaw back from trip to key Eastern markets

For the January issue of Ohio’s Country Journal, we did an interview with Paul Herringshaw, a farmer from Bowling Green who represented the Ohio Corn Marketing Program on a recent trip to meet with foreign leaders and farmers in Japan, China, and Vietnam.  Here is an excerpt from the interview.

OCJ: What was the most interesting thing you learned on this trip?

Paul: The business culture in Japan values face-to-face meetings with their business partners and they have a sense of social responsibility. We visited a feed mill in Japan that is very modern that combined two older plants into one. That facility only need a little over 20 employees but had over 30 on its payroll in order to provide jobs to as many people as possible that were on its original payroll.

OCJ: What do the end-users in these countries think about U.S. crops?

Paul: They appreciate our transparency and our availability.… Continue reading

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Ohio's Herringshaw back from trip to key Eastern markets

For the January issue of Ohio’s Country Journal, we did an interview with Paul Herringshaw, a farmer from Bowling Green who represented the Ohio Corn Marketing Program on a recent trip to meet with foreign leaders and farmers in Japan, China, and Vietnam.  Here is an excerpt from the interview.

OCJ: What was the most interesting thing you learned on this trip?

Paul: The business culture in Japan values face-to-face meetings with their business partners and they have a sense of social responsibility. We visited a feed mill in Japan that is very modern that combined two older plants into one. That facility only need a little over 20 employees but had over 30 on its payroll in order to provide jobs to as many people as possible that were on its original payroll.

OCJ: What do the end-users in these countries think about U.S. crops?

Paul: They appreciate our transparency and our availability.… Continue reading

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Septic systems and storm water — Is there a connection?

By Karen Mancl, professor in the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

More than a dozen people have died from eating contaminated fruit this year. Beach closures occur all over Ohio, giving the state the reputation as having some of the most polluted beaches in the United States.

Where does the contamination come from? One serious source is the illicit discharge of home septic systems to storm sewers and ditches. In Franklin County, Ohio, for example, sewage has been found illegally leaking from 1,500 storm sewer outlets. Under federal law, the search continues to find sources of raw sewage that pollute water used for irrigating food and beaches where families want to play.

It’s gross

Diseases like the “stomach flu” are caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated by human sewage. Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Norwalk virus, Cryptosporidium and Giardia are just some of the pathogens spread through ingestion of human sewage on food or in water.… Continue reading

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Proper mineral management key to keeping cattle healthy

Beef producers shouldn’t overlook proper mineral intake as part of an overall feeding plan, according to a Purdue Extension specialist. Ron Lemenager, a professor of animal sciences, said minerals are becoming a more important issue as feed options have changed.

“I think we pretty much had minerals taken care of when everyone was feeding corn and hay,” Lemenager said. “But then it changed and we introduced by-products like distillers dried grains, corn gluten feed and soybean hulls, which changes our supplementation strategy.”

If minerals such as copper, zinc, manganese and selenium are out of balance, a cow could have problems with immune function, reproduction, digestion and metabolism, and onset of puberty, among other issues.

“Minerals are involved with pretty much every metabolic process in the body. Animals do not perform without them,” Lemenager said. “If you don’t properly provide them, it can cause problems.”

Lemenager said the right combinations of forage, feed and supplements can minimize the amount of minerals necessary in some cases.… Continue reading

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