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Run in With the Crop Duster

Last week late in the afternoon I was on the phone with our website provider in my home office when I heard the loudest noise. I asked him, “did you hear that”? He said, “yeah, that was really loud, what was it”? I responded that is sounded like an airplane going down my road. I get off the phone and I heard it again. I went into the kitchen to look out the window to see what was driving by when instead I see an airplane coming right at my house. Had I not been screaming and focusing on the nose of the plane I probably could have seen the color of the pilots eyes! Just as he began to fly over my grass that is only a 40 feet strip between the field and my house he quickly pulled the plane straight up in the air.

After my blood pressure came back down, I went to front porch to see that he was coming back for another pass and the plane was a crop duster spraying my neighbors field.… Continue reading

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New Morning Schedule for Aug. 5 Ohio Composting Tour

A central Ohio composting facility that takes in 150,000 cubic yards of yard trimmings and food waste every year, equal to the loads of nearly 40,000 pickup trucks, and makes sellable mulches and soil blends.

A new renewable energy system set to generate 1 million watts of electricity an hour from, among other things, sewage from the city of Columbus.

How to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for composting facilities, pass an inspection, and protect both your workers and business.

Learn about all that more at Composting in Ohio 2010: A Tour of the Industry, Thursday, Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., in and around Columbus.

Organizers say the program is for composting facility operators, researchers, educators, public-agency personnel, government officials and anyone else with an interest in large-scale composting and compost use.

Registration costs $40 per person, includes lunch and is due by July 30.

Call 330-202-3533 or e-mail wicks.14@osu.eduContinue reading

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State Fair Ticket Giveaway

The Ohio State Fair is quickly approaching. We want you to come share in the fun. We’re giving away (2) family four packs of admission tickets along with coupons for a free sandwich at the Ohio Pork Producers Pork Stand, one of the most popular food stands on the fairgrounds!

Tell Us: What makes the Ohio State Fair Fairtastic!

To Enter: Submit your thoughts in the comment section below (only one comment per person)

Contest Ends: July 20th at 8:00 pm

Winner: Will be randomly chosen and contacted via email.

Update:

Winners were chosen randomly through Comment Contest. Congrats to our winners Jill Tyson and James Harding.

Jill said the Ohio State Fair is Fairtastic because, “The Ohio State Fair is such a great opportunity to celebrate outstanding performance. From livestock to cake decorating, youth, teens and adults are able to showcase their projects. So many great companies are represented and the staff and fair board work hard to make sure everyone has a good experience.Continue reading

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Agritechnica and AG CONNECT Expo Announce Coordinated Dates

The two global agriculture trade exhibitions — Agritechnica in Europe and AG CONNECT Expo in North America — have coordinated the timing of their show dates for 2011 and 2013 for the convenience of exhibitors and attendees with global business interests. Show organizers said this schedule allows those interested in global agriculture to attend both events in those years. The shows are held biennially.

Agritechnica is the world’s largest agriculture machinery show while AG CONNECT Expo is North America’s global exhibition, both featuring the latest innovations in production agriculture.

In 2011, AG CONNECT Expo will be held January 8-10, 2011 (Preview Day January 7) at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The 2011 Agritechnica will be held at the end of that year — November 15-19, 2011 at the Exhibition Grounds in Hanover, Germany (Preview Days November 13-14). The shows will next be held in 2013 — AG CONNECT Expo 2013 is scheduled for January 8-11, 2013 in Orlando, Florida and Agritechnica 2013 is slated for November 2013.… Continue reading

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No Stove & No Dishes

This is for all you ‘meat and potato’ eaters out there. One of my favorite meals is pork chops (of course), fried potatoes and green beans. Not having air conditioning, or a dishwasher for that matter, I have to get creative in the summer, making meals that don’t require the stove. One day while craving this meal I came up with a way to enjoy it on the grill. I love to make things in foil packets. Not only is it an all-in-one meal, but my dishwasher, Zach greatly appreciates the night off too 🙂

I recently shared the recipe on Good Day Columbus on Fox 28 in Columbus as part of their $10 Tuesday’s where I’m challenged to make a meal for a family of four that is under $10.

Also check out the step-by-step photo instructions for the Pork Chop Potato Foil Packet meal on my blog Heather’s Helpings.… Continue reading

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No Stove & No Dishes

This is for all you ‘meat and potato’ eaters out there. One of my favorite meals is pork chops (of course), fried potatoes and green beans. Not having air conditioning, or a dishwasher for that matter, I have to get creative in the summer, making meals that don’t require the stove. One day while craving this meal I came up with a way to enjoy it on the grill. I love to make things in foil packets. Not only is it an all-in-one meal, but my dishwasher, Zach greatly appreciates the night off too 🙂

I recently shared the recipe on Good Day Columbus on Fox 28 in Columbus as part of their $10 Tuesday’s where I’m challenged to make a meal for a family of four that is under $10.

Also check out the step-by-step photo instructions for the Pork Chop Potato Foil Packet meal on my blog Heather’s Helpings.… Continue reading

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‘Farmcation’ in Iowa

My husband, Zach and I both love to drive around and look at farms. We appreciate a well kept farm and a good field of corn. For as long a I can remember Zach has wanted to go to Iowa. We’ve both visited the state before, but just flew in for work. When his work brought him to Iowa this time, he thought it was the perfect opportunity for us to extend the visit and make a vacation out of it.

In the vacation negotiation a stop in Chicago was agreed upon so I could spend time in one of my favorite spots, the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. It’s one of the shopping wonders of the world. I’m not sure this could have been a more unusual trip. Downtown Chicago one day, the middle of nowhere, Iowa, the next.

I had no idea the state had so many dirt roads.… Continue reading

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'Farmcation' in Iowa

My husband, Zach and I both love to drive around and look at farms. We appreciate a well kept farm and a good field of corn. For as long a I can remember Zach has wanted to go to Iowa. We’ve both visited the state before, but just flew in for work. When his work brought him to Iowa this time, he thought it was the perfect opportunity for us to extend the visit and make a vacation out of it.

In the vacation negotiation a stop in Chicago was agreed upon so I could spend time in one of my favorite spots, the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. It’s one of the shopping wonders of the world. I’m not sure this could have been a more unusual trip. Downtown Chicago one day, the middle of nowhere, Iowa, the next.

I had no idea the state had so many dirt roads.… Continue reading

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Field Crop Day Offers Latest in Crop Management

Western bean cutworm, corn fertility and Phytophthora seed treatments are just a few of the topics being featured at the Ohio State University Northwest Agricultural Research Station Field Crops Day on July 29 in Custar.

The program, free and open to the public, will run from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Northwest Agricultural Research Station is located at 4240 Range Line Road, Custar, Ohio.

Speakers at the event will include OARDC and Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist, Anne Dorrance; OSU Extension educator Bruce Clevenger; OARDC and OSU Extension fertility specialist Robert Mullen; and OSU Extension and OARDC entomologist Ron Hammond.

Pesticide re-certification and certified crop adviser credits are available.

For more information, contact Frank Thayer at   419-257-2060  419-257-2060 , or e-mail thayer.8@osu.edu.

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Soybean Rust Confirmed in Southern U.S.

Soybean rust has been reported on soybeans in the southern United States for the first time this year, but it’s unlikely that Ohio soybean growers will have to worry about the disease this growing season.

“The first find of soybean rust was reported in Texas on June 10, on the border with Mexico. Current predictions for other southern states is that they won’t begin to detect it for another 4 weeks at the earliest because of unfavorable weather conditions for the disease to spread,” said Anne Dorrance, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. “As a result, for Ohio, we are at a very low risk for soybean rust to develop this season.”

Soybean rust has not yet been reported in Ohio. Last year was the closest it came to the state, with detections in Kentucky in early September, followed a month later on late-planted soybeans in southern Indiana.… Continue reading

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Digital Dale June 10th

Good Morning Everyone……

The dollar was down , the crude was up and no new export news to drive the markets.

Corn

July $ 3.38 1/4 1

Sept. $ 3.47 1

Soybeans

July $ 9.43 1/2 12 1/2

August $ 9.20 1/2 8 1/4

Wheat

July $ 4.28 -4 1/4

Sept. $ 4.44 3/4 – 4 1/4

Cattle June $ 89.65 -.30

Hogs June $ 77.45 -.17

Milk Class III June $ 13.45 -.04

Ethanol July $ 1.56 .002

OVERNIGHT

Corn

July $ 3.38 – 1/4

December $ $3.58 – 1/

Soybeans

July $ 9.42 – 1/2

November $ 8.96 3/4 1/4

Wheat

July $ 4.29 1

Sept. $ 4.45 3/4 1

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HEAD SCAB IN WHEAT

Towards the end of last week and so far this week, I have been in numerous wheat fields all over the state of Ohio, from as far south as Chillicothee to as far north as Defiance.… Continue reading

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Digital Dale June 9th

Good Morning Everyone……

The Markets talked mainly about the developing crop and it potential.

Corn

July $ 3.37 1/4 1 1/2

Sept. $ 3.46 1

Soybeans

July $ 931 – 4

August $ 9.12 1/4 – 5 1/2

Wheat

July $ 4.32 1/4 unch

Sept. $ $4.49 – 1/4

Cattle June $ 89.95 .15

Hogs June $ 77.62 -.15

Milk Class III June $ 13.49 unch

Ethanol July $ 1.55 .001

OVERNIGHT

Corn

July $ 3.36 1/2 – 3/4

December $ 3.55 3/4 – 3/4

Soybeans

July $ 9.26 1/4 – 4 3/4

November $ *.88 1/4 – 6

Wheat

July $ 4.33 1/4 1

Sept. $ 4.50 1

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Ohio Department of Agriculture Launches Third Annual Photography Contest

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (June 8, 2010) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced its third annual photo contest. Participants will have until Dec. 31, 2010, to capture their personal interpretation of this year’s theme “Life of a Farmer.”… Continue reading

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