New engineering safety devices for all-terrain vehicles

By Dee Jepsen

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continue to grow in popularity for rural and agricultural use. Originally designed for sports and recreation, the ATV is now common on many farms and ranches in the U.S. With this increased use comes increases in injuries and fatalities. And the costs for emergency room visits associated with ATVs grow each year.


The 3E Model for injury prevention

The 3E Model is used by occupational injury specialists to help reduce injuries and fatalities. Simply stated, the 3Es of the model are: Engineering, Education, and Enforcement. The use of a combination of these components can be effective in reducing injuries.



In agriculture, there is little enforcement when it comes to ATV usage. The most common U.S. violation is the use of ATVs, and their Utility Vehicle (UTV) counterparts, on paved roads. By design, ATV’s and UTV’s are designed for off-road use, which is much different from cars, trucks, and motorcycles.… Continue reading

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No surprises with the USDA acres and stocks report

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

With no surprises in the reports today, the market continues to look at trade with China as well as weather.

Amid one of the biggest days statistical days from USDA, at the end of today the close could be very little about the USDA numbers. While all eyes are on the multiple reports being published by USDA today that include June 1 acreage as well as stocks, also as of June 1, will the reports be a market mover at 12 noon? Today is not a USDA Supply and Demand Report, nor are world production and demand numbers being published today.

USDA estimated U.S. corn acres at 89.1 million acres, soybeans at 89.6 million acres, and all wheat at 47.8 million acres. U.S. corn stocks were 5.306 billion bushels, soybeans of 1.222 billion bushels, and wheat at 1.1 billion bushels.

Just before the report all grains were higher with corn up 6 cents, soybeans up 7 cents, and wheat up 20 cents.… Continue reading

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Ohio hosts American Dairy Goat Association national show

The American Dairy Goat Association‘s 2018 National Show has been running this week at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, continuing through Saturday. Ohio Ag Net’s Lea Kimley caught up with the ADGA president Robin Saum from Fairfield County and Kirt Schnipke, of Ober-Boerd Dairy Goats, (who had the Reserve Grand Champion Oberhasli at the competition) to talk about the unique aspects of the dairy goat world. This among the largest national dairy goat shows ever with over 3,200 animals pre-registered and nine breeds represented.

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Watch for mid-season pests and diseases

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension specialist

Corn insects we may see in July are European corn borer (I have seen a few in refuge plants already) and continuing to show up in northern Ohio is the Western bean cutworm. Earlier, I received calls from northeast Ohio on the appearance of Asiatic garden beetle larva feeding on corn in sandy soils. In past years we have seen this only in northwest Ohio. See your Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide for images and scouting suggestions.

If you are in continuous corn, watch for western corn rootworm. In areas west of us the pest has apparently overcome the Bt protection trait. Let us know if you see unexpectedly lodged corn this summer.

Last year we had rust (common and some southern), northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot did appear late and not do a lot of damage. With our wet weather, I think we will see corn leaf diseases soon on susceptible hybrids.… Continue reading

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Using science and analytics to guide nitrogen management

By Kyle Poling, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Ada, Ohio

Nitrogen (N) is typically the most yield-limiting nutrient in corn production. Additionally, nitrogen management is among the most uncertain and costly inputs of modern corn production. With N accounting for up to 20% of total crop cost, growers are faced with the challenge of how to meet N requirements without over-applying or under-applying.

An ideal nutrient management plan would be for a grower to make nitrogen available to the corn to supply adequate amounts of N as the crop needs it. Only about 10% of the total amount of nitrogen is taken up between the period of corn emergence to knee high. During the rapid vegetative growth phase, from V8 through tasseling, corn generally requires over half of its total N supply. Providing adequate N for this period is a key goal of N management.

The last one-third of a corn plant’s N requirement must still be met by uptake during the reproductive stages (ear-fill).… Continue reading

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QuickBooks tips and tricks to cut your bookkeeping time in half

By Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs

It is not uncommon for business owners to find themselves knee-deep in the daunting task of “catching up on the books.” At our firm, we often see clients spending more time than is required doing so because they are not aware of some very handy features of the accounting software. There are several tips and functions within QuickBooks — a popular choice for many business owners — that can save hours when preparing financials and performing bookkeeping functions. Some of the most common and most time saving functions are listed below.


Memorized transactions

For transactions that occur every month and are the same amount, QuickBooks can memorize these transactions and book them automatically on a certain day of the week, month, or year, saving a significant amount of time entering the same information over and over.… Continue reading

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Marketing on what is known

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

Practically everyone in the grain trading world is saying “I didn’t see that coming” after a 70-cent corn price drop over the last 30 days and a $2 per bushel drop in soybeans. I know I’m not the only one disappointed that prices are back to levels last seen in January. At least the market has come off of its lows and is only down 50 cents in corn and $1.50 for beans.

While I wish I would have sold more futures during this last rally, knowing what I know now, I’m glad I sold what I did above $4.25. At the time I sold those bushels I was worried $4.50 to $5 may be possible and that those sales would turn out to be a mistake.

It’s easy when negative and unpredictable things happen to fall into the “if only” trap, but there’s too much uncertainty to spend significant time dwelling on what should have been done.… Continue reading

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2018 Wheat Harvest Cab Cam — Farm Science Review

This cab cam, sponsored by Fennig Equipment, jumps in the combine with Nate Douridas, farm manager of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center — the grounds for the Farm Science Review. With the window between dry and wet weather hard to find, the farm is taking whatever opportunity it can to get work done in the field with their crops of all kinds progressing along at breakneck pace. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this video.

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Wet weather (and even a tornado) Between the Rows

Since last Monday we’ve had 7.5 inches of rain. Every day since then we have gotten a pretty good shot of rain and there is a 50% chance tomorrow and an 80% chance on Wednesday. We got hammered pretty good and then there was an EF0 tornado that went through about a quarter mile east of our farm. It almost wiped out a new house that I bought.

I bought the house at 3 on Friday and signed the paperwork and at 6:55 that night a tornado went through the north side of the lot. It threw a branch at one side of the house but it didn’t really hurt much. There were a bunch of limbs down but it messed up some corn. The corn was flat. There was green snap but since we’d had all that rain, the wind just pushed most of the plants over.

The corn has goosenecked and stood back up and it is looking better.Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 62 | Summer fun and fungicides

The Ohio Ag Net crew talks giant hogweed, fungicides, helicopter aerial application, and summer fun in this podcast.

Ty hears from Aaron Drake of Sunrise Cooperative on aerial application from a helicopter and the uniqueness of the job.

Dale talks to John Brien, AgriGold agronomist, on what to keep in mind with regard to fungicides.

We also hear from Karl Marshall, a farmer from Auglaize County, who was week two’s winner of Feeding Farmers.… Continue reading

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It’s almost July and we are all done with our herbicide applications. Right?

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension Field Agronomist

Got weeds? Did you use a burndown, and apply a pre-emergent herbicide at the same time? Then you had some luck on your side and you had patience. What a spring.

As I drive around today however, I find corn and soybean fields that have weeds taller than the crop. That means we missed something. And yes I know we now have dicamba soybeans. But we still need a good burndown and those pre-emergent herbicides. Part of our goal is to slow down weed emergence so they are shorter when we do spray our post application. Oh, and yes, to get high yields.



You know the drill so I won’t go into that again. But it continues to be our number one weed in soybeans, and yet it is manageable — even in conventional soybeans.


Giant ragweed

The other big problem in soybeans and occasionally in corn is giant ragweed.… Continue reading

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Sow housing transition deadline looming for Ohio swine production

By Matt Reese

Back in 2009, Ohio’s livestock industry was facing growing pressure regarding farm animal welfare and, in response, introduced Issue 2 on the November ballot. Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported Issue 2 that created the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Now in 2018, Ohio’s nearly 3,500 swine producers are in the process of transitioning to group housing for pregnant sows by 2025 as a part of the requirements of standards set by the board.

Pigs are typically housed in groups, but pregnant pigs are often moved to individual stalls partly because pregnant sows need consistent access to food without the risk of injury fighting among each other. Battles for food and the establishment of dominance can lead to overfeeding, underfeeding and serious injuries for sows in group housing situations.

Individual stalls, however, can also have disadvantages for pregnant sows. Some research has shown that production animals tend to have lower levels of cortisol — a hormone produced from higher stress levels — in their blood when they are raised in open environments versus separate stalls.… Continue reading

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Giant hogweed creates national headlines and local problems

By Matt Reese

While helping her father cut back the spent leaves of the daffodils growing along the creek this spring, a little girl was sent to the house to seek out Mommy regarding some significant blisters on her hand.

“It looked like her hand had been attacked by bees. Immediately she had blisters on her hand. It was turning red and she said it was stinging,” said Amy Laine, who lives in Franklin County. “My husband said there were no bees out there and that she must have touched something. It looked like she had seven or eight bee stings on her tiny little hand and it happened so fast.”

Some ice, Benadryl and a shower seemed to help sooth the blisters, but the mystery remained: what caused them? A couple of weeks later, Laine was watching the news and a story about giant hogweed growing in Virginia caught her attention.… Continue reading

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Fair and 4-H season has arrived

By Matt Reese

With summer here it is time for Ohio’s youth to shine through the many opportunities afforded to them through 4-H. The meetings, projects, camps, leadership roles, and other activities through 4-H can help set the stage for a bright future for young people.

As I get older and see more young people grow up involved with 4-H (and not in 4-H), it becomes easier to see the difference that the program can make in their lives. That difference shows up in maturity, work ethic, respect for others, leadership, and many other positive qualities that can be hard to quantify, but extremely valuable. As the home state of 4-H, the program has certainly instilled those qualities in generations of Ohioans.

Fair season kicked off this month and it is always exciting to see 4-H exhibitors rise to the occasion when competing at the county and state levels in a wide array of projects.… Continue reading

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Market volatility likely to continue

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

The “word for the day” certainly became multi-faceted last month. Words such as, trade, tariffs, retaliatory, deadlines, rhetoric, and US/China all combined for lower prices for soybeans, corn, and wheat, and developed into just one word: volatility. US/China trade relations for a brief moment in May seemed to be resolved erasing many weeks of uncertainty during March and April. However, that optimism quickly faded as grain prices collapsed during the first two weeks of June. Tougher talk from both the U.S. and China expanded into further trade retaliations on more and more goods and products in both countries. At one point, the U.S. wanted China to accept an additional $50 billion of U.S. goods. That number grew to $80 billion as discussions continued. The real sticking point continues to be intellectual property rights. The U.S. feels that China has stolen its technology. China does not even want to talk about intellectual property rights. Continue reading

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Double-crop soybeans off to a strong start in southern Ohio

By Matt Reese

It is the time of year where combines are rolling in wheat fields and being closely followed by planters and drills for double-crop soybeans. The heat really pushed the wheat crop in mid-June and provided an earlier than expected start to wheat harvest and a good head start on getting double-crop soybeans in the ground in southern Ohio.

The plentiful rains (that led to some later than desired planting and sidedressing and a even a few prevented planting acres) set the stage for potential wheat diseases, but also for a good start for double-crop soybeans, said Keith Summers, an insurance agent with Leist Mercantile in Pickaway County.

“There is some wheat coming off now. It turned quick. There is a little down from some of the winds, but it looks pretty good and I think the wheat quality is in pretty good shape,” Summers said. “I think most of the guys who are still planting wheat are double-cropping.… Continue reading

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Fire overtakes hog barn in Fayette County, killing 5000 pigs

On Tuesday, a major fire broke out at 7111 Old US 35 SE in Fayette County between Washington Court House and Frankfort. According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, 13 fire agencies from Fayette, Pickaway, Ross, Highland and Greene Counties assisted in fighting the blaze.

The fire, reported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Communication Center at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, has totally destroyed the facility and killed approximately 5000 head of swine.

​The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office also reported that the fire occurred at the Straathoff Swine Farm in Wayne Township located in southeast Fayette County. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The fire spread quickly throughout the facility causing intense heat and extremely heavy smoke, making it difficult for fire personnel to battle the interior of the fire.

​One member of the fire service sustained an arm injury at the scene and was transported to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.… Continue reading

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Selling corn before harvest

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC


The USDA increased the export demand pace for corn. Should the U.S. produce a trend line corn yield of 174 bushels per acre this year, then carryout would drop from the current level of 2.1 billion to just below 1.6 billion by next summer. If that were to happen, then corn is undervalued.

However, the nearly perfect growing conditions across 90% of the Corn Belt is keeping prices down at the moment. The corn crop is setting itself up for a 180-bushel per acre national average estimate, which would mean 500 million more bushels and a carryout over 2 billion. If that would occur then Dec corn is overvalued today.

On June 29 we will learn if the U.S. farmers planted more corn acres than estimated in the spring by the USDA. Expectations are that an increase of a half million to 1 million additional acres might have been planted.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 61 | State-of-the-art feed mill, Farm Bill, and feeding farmers

The Ohio Ag Net podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, brings you interviews with Senator Sherrod Brown on the Senate Farm Bill. We hear from Jeff Neal of Kalmbach Feeds on the company’s brand new feed mill near Upper Sandusky. Brady Campbell of the OSU Sheep Team gives us an update on parasites in livestock. And the first week of Feeding Farmers in 2018 has come and gone, where Joel visited with Roger Yocom on their farm’s unique history and more.… Continue reading

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