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Do the “12 Days of Christmas” birds live in Ohio?

In the holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” someone’s true love gives them … quite a few birds.

Given that the song has European roots — it apparently came from France and was published first in England — does it hold up ornithologically in Ohio?

Do the song’s birds live in the Buckeye State?

Here are answers from experts in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES) at The Ohio State University and from sources including The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio, which was published earlier this year.

1st day: Partridge (with or without pear tree)

ANSWER: Technically, no. But also, not any more.

The ruffed grouse, which is pictured below, although in a willow tree, lives in Ohio. And people sometimes call it a “partridge.” But scientists say that name is inaccurate.

While both grouse and partridges belong to the Phasianidae family — which includes pheasants, chickens and others — they’re actually members of two different subfamilies: Grouse are in Tetraoninae; partridges, in Perdicinae.… Continue reading

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Ohio beef farmers partner with Kroger to provide beef to local families for the holidays

The Ohio Beef Council, representing beef farmers throughout the state, is pleased to partner with Kroger and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program to provide beef to Ohio families in-need this holiday season. The beef donation will be made to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank through a campaign that launched December 2 on Facebook. It encourages social media enthusiasts to ‘share’ a post on Facebook, and ‘like’ both the Ohio Beef Council and Kroger Facebook pages. Each Facebook ‘share’ will result in the donation of two pounds of ground beef, which is enough to feed eight people. The campaign runs through Dec. 25.

Ohio beef farmers and Kroger representatives are excited to work together to help local families. “This promotion is a great example of collaboration to achieve a common goal,” said Deborah Thompson, public affairs manager of Kroger’s Columbus Division. “Together, with our friends at the Ohio Beef Council, we are looking to donate 28,000 beef meals to local families.… Continue reading

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Ohio Soybean Council celebrates 2016, honors Stimpert

It was fitting that for its 25th anniversary, the Ohio Soybean Council’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Keith Stimpert, the former OSC executive director, who helped guide the organization through it’s inception. On this milestone anniversary, there is plenty to celebrate.

At the OSC banquet earlier this week, Stimpert recalled numerous stories from the early days of the organization, including some early work with bio-based fuels and products. Those early efforts created the foundation for amazing success through the years. Since the early 1990s, OSC has engaged in public and private collaborations that encourage rapid commercialization of new commercial and industrial uses of soybeans. In one example of this success over the last 25 years, this year marked the sixth and seventh prestigious R&D 100 Awards that OSC has received since 2007.

“With the checkoff, who would have guessed that soybeans would be in the things they are in now?… Continue reading

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Large pork supply being addressed by checkoff efforts

America’s pig farmers will produce a record-breaking number of market hogs this year, resulting in ample supplies of pork hitting grocery stores and restaurants. It is anticipated that this high level of production will continue well into 2017.

“The U.S. economy is growing, and that is good for meat demand,” said Len Steiner, a pork industry economist. “Some key indicators of growth include the stock market recently hitting all-time record highs, increasing consumer confidence and an unemployment rate now at 4.9%, demonstrating the U.S. economy is at or near full employment.”

Steiner added that total meat production continues to increase, moving from 90.9 billion pounds in 2014 with expectations for meat output to exceed 101 billion pounds this year. Not since the mid-1990s has meat production increased so quickly.

“We estimate that 2016 U.S. pork production will set an all-time record just shy of 25 billion pounds, with even more pork expected to be produced in 2017,” Steiner said.… Continue reading

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OCA members to offer over 100 consignments in Replacement Female Sale

Several members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will sell over 100 consignments in the OCA Replacement Female Sale on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company facility in Zanesville, Ohio. Consignments include approximately 20 mature cows, less than five years of age, and approximately 90 bred heifers.

Breeds represented will include Angus, Charolais, Maine-Anjou cross and commercial females. Service sire breeds represented include Angus, Charolais, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental, and hybrid composites of theses breeds. All of the females selling will have a safe pregnancy status verified within 60 days of the sale and all lots will be eligible for interstate shipment.

“Now is a great opportunity for cattlemen to add numbers to their herd or get started in the beef business. With cattle prices seeing a bearish market after coming off of a record-high for the past couple of years, we’ll undoubtedly see increased herd expansion,” says John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinatior.… Continue reading

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Prepare your sprayer for storage now to avoid costly problems in the spring

It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) these days. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don’t delay winterizing your sprayer too long if you already have not done so. You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing. Here are some important things you need to do with your sprayer this time of the year.


It is very likely that you did the right thing when you used the sprayer the last time: you rinsed the whole system (tank, hoses, filters, nozzles) thoroughly.… Continue reading

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Shame the country sky isn’t used more — but it’s not too late

By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag Net

I was quite fortunate to have teachers throughout my schooling that had a passion to do more than teach, but actually get their students excited about what they could do with their knowledge.

With the recent onset of fall, I reflect back on my grade school days and remember eagerly waiting in class on Fridays for the ever-elusive weekend. One such day found me in a certain 6th grade science class thinking about what Saturday and Sunday held in store. As the bell rang releasing us from the clutches of our textbooks one autumn Friday, our teacher reminded us that during that evening’s football game, one of the high school science teachers would have a telescope set up on the hill beside the stadium — and here’s the catch — we’d get bonus points if we visited him.

I made a mental note and put it out of my mind.… Continue reading

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Trade on likelihood not hope

Have we hit the market low?

Many wonder if the market low has passed because markets frequently rally going into October. I’m not sure for several reasons.

  • There are hints that China may start exporting some corn for the first time in 10 years.
  • Harvest is starting slower than usual. Friday I drove from Lincoln, Neb. to Minneapolis and was surprised with how few acres were harvested along I-80 and I-35. I get a sense the market hasn’t been affected much by harvest pressure.
  • Yields are expected to be big this harvest. In fact, some elevators in the western Corn Belt have already started limiting dumping hours.
  • While many farmers are very reluctant to sell at current levels, some landlord shares may get sold across the scale, which may push prices lower in the next few weeks.


Harvest reports

Corn is drying fast in the field. Within a week moisture levels on our farm went from 20% to below 15%.… Continue reading

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Free-range eggs offer an opportunity for the next generation

Tough crop prices, limited land expansion opportunities and a promising young generation encouraged Tim and Angie Brumme to seek out new options to diversify their Big Little Farms, LLC tucked in the beautiful rolling hills near Killbuck in Holmes County.

“We farm 800 acres of row crops and hay. We have cattle and sheep and we rely on a lot of rental ground. We decided we wanted to do something on our own ground for more stability,” Tim said. “We have two daughters and are looking for the next generation. There are a lot of broilers around and some hogs and neither was a good fit for us. We were looking at options in February of 2015 when we saw an ad from Kalmbach looking for growers for cage-free, free-range eggs. The costs are not much higher per building, but they are higher per bird. We could see some opportunity with this, though, as McDonald’s

and Panera and one restaurant chain after another announced they were going cage-free.… Continue reading

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Some like it hot…some not

As we move into August, we continue to experience a fairly typical seasonal weather pattern for most of Ohio. Yes, it’s hot and humid!  We have been experiencing these conditions for the past couple of weeks and it appears that the trend will continue at least for the remainder of this week. Maybe Mother Nature will improve her sense of humor and provide us some relief in the coming weeks.

Every cow-calf producer makes management decisions about their operations based on a wide variety of factors. Some of these factors include access to land, feed resources, marketing goals, labor availability, etc. In this article, I want to discuss another factor that significantly impacts management decisions for the cow-calf producer. That factor is the weather.

The weather has a direct impact on nearly every management decision made by the cow-calf producer. There are predictable seasonal trends that we can expect as we move from winter to spring to summer to fall.… Continue reading

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No waste left behind at the North American Manure Expo

Farmers can get a good grip on manure using cover crops, says an expert with Ohio State University Extension.

“Cover crops are an excellent practice to utilize nutrients from manure for growing grain crops,” said Alan Sundermeier, an educator in OSU Extension’s Wood County office. “Capturing the manure nutrients with a growing plant will keep the nutrients on the field and out of waterways.”


Sundermeier, who’s also the director of that office, gave tips on getting cover crops off the ground  — and then eventually back into it — as part of the North American Manure Expo earlier this month. The event was in London, about 25 miles west of Columbus.

His talk, called “Establishing Cover Crops,” was one of four during the expo’s Cover Crops track. It was one of about 40 talks in 13 tracks during the event’s two days overall.

The expo’s theme was “Returning nutrients to their roots.”… Continue reading

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Boards, co-ops, and councils: Serving locally offers liability risk

Transporting grain and other commodities, moving farm machinery on the highway, keeping livestock in, hauling manure, applying chemicals, managing employees, etc. — as if farmers don’t have enough sources of liability, many producers also serve on boards of cooperatives, banks, grain elevators, and other businesses. Serving as a director can provide an excellent opportunity for farmers to give direction and offer valuable insights. Just make certain you are properly protected while doing so.

Before agreeing to serve, insist that the board have directors and officers liability insurance (often called D&O). This is a policy, payable to the directors and officers of a company, or to the organization itself, as indemnification (reimibursement) for losses or advancement of defense costs in the event of legal action brought for alleged wrongful acts in their capacity as directors and officers. And this type of litigation is on the rise; agricultural businesses are not immune.

Entire books have been written about how to limit liability while serving as a director.… Continue reading

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Reminiscing about the good ol’ days

You may have noticed that I’ve written about serious stuff the past few months. Well, I never could stand being all serious, all the time, so this month my social conscience about food will take a summer break and I’ll take you on a trip down memory lane.

A scientific article about non-caged, free-range, organic eggs recently set me reminiscing about my mother. She raised 300 free-range layers and sold eggs from our back door. Her chickens had abundant room to move about and find a nest when they had an urge to lay an egg. Though free-range, they returned each night to a chicken house, for protection from varmints.

However, for several nights a couple of the hens chose not to return to their safe house. They hid in the haymow above the heifer loafing pens. Eventually, my brothers came across the nests in the wayward hens’ hideaway. They contained a couple dozen eggs.… Continue reading

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New Challenger 1000 Series offers new category of powerful, intelligent tractors

Challenger®, a global brand of AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), introduces an entirely new category of tractors to North American agribusiness operations. Challenger 1000 Series tractors are the industry’s most versatile standard tractor and the ‘must-see’ innovation for 2016. Designed to deliver lower cost of ownership per acre, advanced connectivity and world-class Challenger performance, they are available in four powerful models ranging from 396 to 517 engine horsepower. Producers will get their first look at the tractors during the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, Aug. 30-Sept.1.

“The needs of producers in North America continue to evolve as operations become larger and require more efficiency,” says Josh Keeney, tactical marketing manager at AGCO. “The Challenger 1000 Series tractors bring an entirely new solution to the market. These tractors combine the power of a small-frame, articulated 4-wheel drive with the flexibility and speed of a lighter-weight, fixed-frame row crop machine.

“Using what we call the new Accu™ platform, the 1000 Series tractors are built to be smarter, more intuitive and efficient, to help producers reduce input costs, increase productivity and ultimately be more profitable,” Keeney adds.… Continue reading

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USDA report not negative

Traders had expected the report to be negative for grain prices. That was not the case today. Ending stocks for old corn was estimated at 1.701 billion bushels, less than trade expectations. New corn ending stocks were 2.081 billion bushels, also less than trade expectations. Old crop soybean ending stocks were 350 million bushels, slightly below expectations. New crop soybean ending stocks were 290 million bushels, at touch above expectations. New crop wheat ending stocks were 1.105 billion bushels, just below expectations.

Other changes within the report had old crop soybean exports up 35 million bushels, no surprise there. New crop soybeans had crush up 10 million bushels while exports were up 20 million bushels. Old corn saw exports up 75 million bushels and corn used for ethanol down 25 million bushels. No surprises there.  New corn had exports up 100 million bushels and corn for ethanol down 25 million bushels.Continue reading

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Upcoming OSU Extension and OARDC agronomy field days


  • Western ARS Agronomy Field Day — July 20
  • Western Ag Research Station Nutrient Management Field Day — July 21
  • Northwest Ag Research Station Nutrient Management Field Day — July 28
  • August 3 and 4 is the North American Manure Expo on the Farm Science Review grounds near London.



Producers and industry agronomists are invited to attend the Western ARS Agronomy Field Day, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

We plan to start registration at 8:30, with the program starting at 9 a.m. Speakers planned for the day may include:

  • Peter Thomison — Season outcomes for corn, the good the bad and the ugly.
  • Pierce Paul and Anne Dorrance — Too dry for diseases? Try again.
  • Mark Loux — A lively discussion of herbicide tolerant crops will ensue.
  • Kelley Tillmon — Insects keep creeping up on our crops. What’s here for 2016?
  • Precision Ag questions?
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New Panama Canal offers new opportunities for U.S. agriculture

Almost one-third of U.S. corn, wheat and soybeans now transit the Panama Canal to reach Asian markets. Now, with the new $6 billion Panama Canal expansion completed, cargo capacity will double and could shorten travel distance from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Asia by some 5,000 nautical miles and seven to nine days.

“The original canal, which was complete 102 years ago, has been well maintained but the size of the locks no longer met the needs of global commerce, especially the size of ships,” said Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, who was in Panama for the Grand Opening of the expansion at the end of June. “For the Panama Canal to remain relevant in the 21st Century this new canal and the new larger locks were necessary.”

The larger ships, now able to use the Panamanian shortcut, will add additional revenue producing freight which will ultimately reduce the cost, per bushel, to American agriculture’s eventual customer.… Continue reading

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“Northern pike!”

“Northern pike!”

I opened up my eyes to my six-year-old’s gruff voice with his face about an inch away from mine on the first morning of a recent trip to my family’s cabin on a lake in southern Michigan. I looked across the room to the clock: 6:40 a.m.

He had been up until nearly midnight the previous evening and I figured my son would sleep in for a while as result. Not the case. By the time I had poured a cup of coffee he had his fishing pole in hand and was headed to the dock.

Leading up to the trip, we had talked about the various fish species we could possibly catch in the lake, but the one of most interest was clearly the northern pike. We spent several days researching the fish online to see what baits could work best, the preferred habitats and its habits.

Since my childhood, my brothers and I have shared a similar affinity for the allure of the elusive “fish of a thousands casts.”… Continue reading

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North American Manure Expo in August

Less than two months remain before this year’s edition of the North American Manure Expo (NAME), being held August 3 and 4 near London.

The annual event provides an opportunity for custom manure applicators and livestock producers to advance their knowledge of manure-nutrient utilization while showcasing the latest technology in manure handling, treatment and application.

“[Manure Expo] is the BEST event to learn about manure and connect with other manure enthusiasts,” said Mary Wicks, the 2016 expo co-chair and a research associate with The Ohio State University’s college of food, agricultural, and environmental sciences and college of engineering. She is also involved with Ohio Composting and Manure Management (OCAMM).

“Tours and demonstrations will provide ‘hands-on’ opportunities to learn about best practices and technology,” she said. “Presenters from the livestock industry, universities, and ag organizations will share information that will improve manure handling and application practices and help everyone understand their importance for crop production and protecting the environment.… Continue reading

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Dairy farm economics not adding up

It has happened to every farmer.

The production numbers are plugged into the calculator, and double-checked, but they just do not seem to be adding up quite right on the short side of profitability.

These days many dairy producers are drinking a couple of extra glasses of milk to calm their nerves and enjoying an additional scoop of ice cream to take their minds off of the unpleasant budget realities on the farm.

Lou Brown of New Bremen has been crunching the numbers on his dairy farm and does not like the numbers he is seeing.

“We’re at $13 milk right now on our 275-cow herd with a 70-pound average. That is 19,250 pounds of milk a day. That is 192.50 hundredweights at $13 that comes to $2,502.50 a day in the value of the milk. At $7 a day per cow with 275 cows, that comes to $1,925 a day for my feed bill.… Continue reading

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