Planting progress makes a big jump

Dry and warm weather advanced planting opportunities, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 5% short, 71% adequate, and 24 percent surplus. The average temperature for the week ending May 15 was 66.9 degrees, 7.3 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.39 inches of precipitation, 0.45 inches below average. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 15.

The past week’s warmth and wind allowed soils to dry, permitting row crop producers to turn their attention towards fieldwork. Farmers were actively spraying, tilling, planting, and applying manure. Despite the improved weather, corn and soybean planting continued to lag behind the 5-year average. Corn was 31% planted, and 5% of corn had emerged. Soybean planting progress was 18%, while 3% were emerged. Oats were 71% planted and 43% of oats were emerged. Winter wheat jointing was 87% while the winter wheat crop was rated 60% good to excellent condition, up from last week. … Continue reading

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Cool wet weather keeps planters in the shed

Cold temperatures and wet conditions limited pasture growth and hindered fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 57 percent adequate and 43 percent surplus. Temperatures for the week ending April 10 averaged 0.6 degrees below historical normals and the state received 0.84 inches of precipitation. There were 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 10.

Limited field activities included installing drainage tile and applying fertilizer as conditions allowed. While lambing and calving reports indicated no major issues, some livestock challenges were reported due to the variable weather conditions. Oats were 11 percent planted compared to 36 percent last year. Winter wheat jointing was 6 percent while the winter wheat crop was rated 62 percent good to excellent condition.

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Temperatures below average as Ohio Crop Progress reports begin

The 2022 growing season began with slightly cooler and drier conditions than the start of last year’s growing season, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent very short, 1 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus. Temperatures for the week ending April 3 averaged 7.8 degrees below historical normals and the State received 0.25 inches of precipitation. There were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 3.

To start the season, producers top dressed wheat and spread lime. Cattle were doing well while some goats and sheep were being kept off pastures due to weather conditions and temperatures. Oats were 3 percent planted compared to 8 percent last year. Winter wheat jointing was 2 percent while the winter wheat crop was rated 54 percent good to excellent condition.

This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2022 season.… Continue reading

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Kimball Nominated for Honorary FFA State Degree

Twin Valley South FFA Alumni member James ‘Jimmy’ Kimball has been selected to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree. Individuals that receive this honorary degree from the Ohio FFA Association are nominated and approved based on criteria set by the association. One nomination can be made per FFA chapter per year, and must reflect the nominee’s impact on agriculture or agriculture education. Speaking on Kimball’s influence on the Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA chapter, advisor Alison Derringer says,
“He’s filled in so many needed roles without hesitation. We felt this was a great way to thank him for all he does and continues to do.” Jimmy Kimball is an active member and the Treasurer of the Twin Valley South FFA Alumni, the group that provides significant
financial support for the chapter. He has also spent time as a Livestock Judging coach, trip chaperone, and assisted in multiple community service projects the chapter has been a part of.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA March 2022 Update

Sweet Science for Elementary Students!

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter hosted 10 classes of little pioneers for lessons about maple syrup production during the week of February 28th—March 4th. To kick off each lesson classes participated in a taste test between real maple syrup made at ZT and pancake syrup made with corn syrup. Students then learned how to identify maple trees by their bark and leaves, how to tap and collect sap from the trees and the steps involved in boiling sap into syrup. Each lesson included a measuring activity for students to help them remember the different sizes of bottles used to market maple syrup. The most popular part of the lessons was the opportunity to try real maple syrup on plates of pancakes and French toast sticks! High school students learned skills in written and verbal communication as well as planning, budgeting and time management.

ZT FFA Lends a Hand For Ross Farm Bureau

Did you know that the share of every dollar spend on food that a farmer receives has decreased over the past 20 years?… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in the state Agricultural Sales contest

On March 14th, West Holmes FFA participated in the state Agricultural Sales contest. The team placed 4th. Individually Cora Crilow was 6th, Ally Ogi was 17th, Ashley Tate was 24th, and Derek Miller was 58th. Alternates were Garrett Houin, Alysa Pringle, and Alex Pringle. 

On March 1st, seven West Holmes FFA members participated in the district agricultural sales contest. The contest consists of a team activity and an individual sale. Members of the team gather before the individual sale to formulate a plan to sell the product and discuss connections they could make with the customer. The team was charged with selling various kinds of cherry and apple trees this year. The team placed 2nd in the district. Individually Ashley Tate was 2nd, Alysa Pringle was 5th, Cora Crilow was 7th, Garrett Houin was 11th, Alex Pringle was 13th, and Derek Miller was 15th. Thank you to everyone who helped the team practice and prepare for the contest! … Continue reading

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The West Holmes FFA competed at the District 2 and State Evaluations

Alysa Pringle with her Reporters book. 

Seniors Ally Ogi, Leah Reining, and Ashley Tate, Juniors Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, Jess Miller, Pacee Miller, Alysa Pringle, Dakotah Ringwalt, and Becca Schuch were all approved for their State Degrees. In order to receive a State Degree, there are many qualifications that members have to meet. First, you have to have been in ag class for at least two years, have earned or invested $3,000 in your SAE, carry a  3.0 GPA or 93% attendance, completed 25 hours of community service, participate in 2 Career Development Events, and participate in at least 8 other school and FFA activities. They will receive their degree at the 2022 Ohio FFA State Convention.

Garrett Houin is a state finalist in Service Learning and Outdoor Rec, and 2nd in the district in Sheep Production, Pacee Miller is a state finalist in Beef Entrepreneurship. The district results are Jess Miller 2nd in Beef Entrepreneurship, Rebecca Sprang 1st in Dairy Placement, and Becca Schuch 2nd in Diversified Crop Production. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the state speaking contest

On Saturday March 5th, two West Holmes FFA members participated in the state speaking contest. Ashley Tate was 5th in her prelim room for extemporaneous and Garrett Houin was 6th in his prelim room for advanced prepared. Great job guys!
West Holmes FFA members competed in the District Speaking contest at Wellington High School on February 23rd. There were four members that competed.  In prepared speaking, Garrett Houin spoke about the misconceptions of rodeo animal welfare. He received 1st place and will be moving onto the state contest. In Extemporaneous Speaking, Ashley Tate placed 2nd in her contest and will be moving on to the state contest. Jenna Sheldon competed in the creed speaking contest and received 3rd place. In beginning prepared speaking, Derek Miller spoke about the misinterpretation of agriculture, and was 4th in his contest.  
On February 16th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter attended sub-district speaking at Plymouth High School.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter held February 2022 meeting

On February 21st, the West Holmes FFA chapter held their February meeting. At the meeting we conducted opening ceremonies and then proceeded into officer reports. We then went into new business including: Garrett Fowler moved and Garrett Houin seconded to have all strawberry money due on March 16th. Motion passed. Sarah Irwin moved and Becca Schuch seconded to host West Holmes FFA Week March 21-25 and pay for all supplies. Motion passed. Jess Miller moved and Leah Reining to refer to state & national affairs and social rec committees with the power to act. Motion passed. Casey Ogi moved and Dakotah Ringwalt seconded to have exclusively yours cater the banquet and to have each member and one guest attend for free and have all additional guests pay the full cost of the meal. Motion passed. Natalie Rohr moved and Ally Ogi seconded to hold a silent auction at the banquet. Motion passed.… Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA chapter attended the Co-Alliance Career Day on March 16th, in Eldorado, Ohio. The group learned all about all the different operations that are in the company. Some of the operations included: applications, technology, dispatch, grain, propane/fuel movement, and soil sampling. Our members who attended were Dawson Tinnerman, Zachary Lovin, Karlee Thomas, Emma Deeter, Savannah Smith, Jennifer Riquelme, Zebulon Hines, William Johns, Karson Bechtel, Colin Fogle, Ian Coffey, and Jordan Zizert.… Continue reading

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2022 Between the Rows

We are excited to have another great lineup of farmers from around the state to share about the happenings on their operations throughout the 2022 growing season. This year we will be featuring on-farm reports from Nathan Birkmeier in Putnam County, Ryan Hiser in Fayette County, Joe Everett in Shelby County, and Kurt Wyler in Coshocton County.… Continue reading

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