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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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Deal or no deal: Finding the right nitrogen rate

One of the largest investments in a corn crop is the nitrogen (N) application, and many farmers will be sidedressing their corn soon. Especially with this year’s profit outlook, it is important to carefully consider how much N to apply. Deciding on the correct N rate can be a lot like playing the game “Deal or no deal.”

“Deal or no deal” was a TV game show that aired a few years ago. The game consisted of a series of 26 cases, each containing a different amount of money ranging from $0.01 to $1,000,000. A contestant would select a case at random, and then play the game to reveal how much money was in their case, or try to sell their case for more than it was worth.

Each corn field will require a certain amount of N to reach its maximum yield potential. However, that ideal rate is a lot like the dollar value in the contestant’s case — it isn’t known until the end of the game (harvest).… Continue reading

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FAMACHA training offered next month

Growing grass signals the start of the parasite season and small ruminant — sheep and goat — livestock producers need to know how to quickly and easily identify which animals to treat for an internal parasite that can devastate a herd.

Using the FAMACHA diagnostic system, livestock producers can easily identify which animals are suffering from a heavy infestation level of the Haemonchus contortus parasite, also called the barber pole worm, said Rory Lewandowski, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.

Eye test

Developed in South Africa, the FAMACHA system uses a chart to match the animal’s eyelid color to anemia levels, which is an indication of parasitic infection, Lewandowski said.

“The barber pole worm is a blood-sucking parasite that causes anemia in animals with heavy infestations,” he said. “The symptoms of anemia show up in the color of the membrane of the animals’ eyes.

“The FAMACHA score card allows the user to rank the eyelid color of the animal on a scale of 1 to 5, with animals scored at 3, 4 or 5 typically needing to be treated with a chemical dewormer to prevent possible death of the animal.”… Continue reading

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New Purdue Extension publication offers guidance on terminating ryegrass cover crop

A new Purdue Extension publication offers producers practical, in-depth information on how to use herbicides to terminate annual ryegrass, an effective but potentially troublesome fall-seeded cover crop.

Cover crops are used to maintain soil health in grain fields between growing seasons, primarily by controlling erosion and holding nutrients in the soil. But some cover crops, including annual ryegrass, can quickly grow out of control, said Travis Legleiter, an Extension weed specialist and one of the authors of Successful Annual Ryegrass Termination with Herbicides.
“The aggressive growth habit and adaptability of annual ryegrass that make it a good cover crop also make it a potential weed if producers do not manage it properly and allow the plant to escape or produce seed,” he said. “While annual ryegrass has shown to be a good cover crop, it is also the most difficult grass cover crop to terminate.”

The publication provides information on selecting the right ryegrass seed, herbicide application timing, herbicide rates and combinations, and the use of adjuvants.… Continue reading

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Thanks to those who make farming look simple, even when its not

A few years ago my uncle got a new farm truck. He searched long and hard for a new model with as few electronic gadgets and gizmos as possible. No power seats, windows or locks, or AC. The truck has standard transmission and certainly no heated seats or heated steering wheels. He even has to turn the knob on the radio for goodness sakes. Why would anyone purposely subject themselves to such personal calamity?

The answer: all that fancy stuff breaks, and it can’t be fixed in the farm shop. Power windows, for example, are very convenient until they happen to go out when you are trying to pay at a drive-through window in a torrential downpour. Then they are frustrating, unpleasant and expensive to fix (speaking from personal experience).

As I get older I continue to gain more appreciation for non-fancy, basic stuff that really works the way it is supposed to.… Continue reading

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Case IH Is the First Original Equipment Manufacturer to Offer a Proprietary Cellular-RTK Correction Network — AFS RTK+

New AFS product features also increase accuracy, accessibility and integrated-data sharing capabilities

Case IH is pleased to introduce three new Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) products: AFS RTK+, ElectriSteer and AFS Connect Data Sharing. Led by AFS RTK+, the first proprietary cellular-RTK network offered by an original equipment manufacturer, these new products help make the benefits of precision agriculture technology more attainable to producers of all sizes. From managing inputs during field preparation through harvest, these new capabilities add to the company’s full suite of AFS offerings across its entire product lineup.

AFS RTK+ provides cellular-based correction guidance
Available for purchase through participating Case IH dealers, an AFS RTK+ subscription allows producers to achieve sub-inch, repeatable accuracy through a network of dealer-supported base stations throughout the United States and Canada. Cellular guidance correction signals alleviate line-of-sight issues, including hills, valleys, trees, buildings or other structures — offering consistent accuracy at any distance within the network.… Continue reading

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No major surprises today from the USDA

Prior to the report grains were all 1-2 cents lower. The DOW was 80 lower, and crude oil was 30 cents lower. Following the report corn was unchanged, soybeans were up 1 cent, and wheat was unchanged.

Corn exports were lowered 50 million bushels to 1.65 billion bushels. That is not a surprise. Corn used for ethanol was increased 25 million bushels to 5.225 billion bushels. An increase in ethanol had little traction ahead of the report. However, it is not unrealistic due to weekly grinds the past month continually above the weekly amount needed to reach the yearly goal.

Soybean crush was reduced 10 million bushels to 1.88 billion bushels. That should not be a surprise as domestic crush margins have been below 50 cents in recent weeks. It compares to crush margins last year reaching over $2 a bushel a year ago. Soybean ending stocks were up 10 million bushels.Continue reading

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Ohio Maple Days 2016

New food safety laws, sap collection systems, syrup grading systems and more will be featured at this year’s Ohio Maple Days, which are Jan. 21 in Morrow County, Jan. 22 in Wayne County and Jan. 23 in Geauga County.

The annual events, which are the same at each location, offer educational sessions for commercial and hobby maple producers.

“They’re timed to help producers get ready for the coming season,” said organizer Gary Graham, maple syrup specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the program’s speakers.

Ohio’s maple syrup season usually starts sometime in February.

Graham, who coordinates OSU Extension’s Maple Syrup Program, will present “Marketing: Sweet Signs for a Sweet Product” as a featured speaker at the events.

“With the flatline bulk prices in today’s marketplace, it’s essential for producers to market their products,” Graham said.

He’ll give tips on reaching younger, wider audiences.

“The marketing efforts of old don’t have the same impact as in the past, as our society moves to more digital-hungry consumers,” he said.… Continue reading

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West Ohio Agronomy Day

The evening portion of the 2016 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at the Days Inn (SR 47 & I-75) in Sidney.  This program will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a light supper and a marketing update from Trupointe and Cargill personnel.  We will be providing Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training for those who already hold a Pesticide Applicator’s License (commercial or private).  These trainings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will be conducted by OSU Extension personnel.

The day-long 2016 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 11th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie.  A light breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. with a marketing update from Trupointe and Cargill at 8:30 a.m.  At 9 a.m. the Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training for those who already hold a Pesticide Applicator’s License (commercial or private) will begin. 

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Technology highlighted at Ohio No-Till Conference

Technology has been at the forefront of the discussion at today’s Ohio No-Till Conference in Plain City.

Bill Haddad from Danville talked about his almost half century of work promoting no-till. He worked closely with emerging technological changes in the early days of no-till, particularly in the Amish community in northeast Ohio. One of the promotional tools he relied upon was a no-till bumper sticker applied to the backsides of Amish horses pulling two-row no-till planters.

Moving to a more modern era, Scott Shearer, with the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agriculture, and Biological Engineering talked about the unbelievable opportunities for technology in the future, and present day.

“I understand why you might look at me kind of skeptically with some of the things I talk about because they are pretty far out there,” Shearer said. “It is an interesting time and a very dynamic time.”

Remote sensing technology from drones can help with identifying weed escapes, directed scouting, stand counts, nutrient deficiencies, crop vigor, total biomass production, changes in leaf appearance for disease detection, drainage and soil moisture content, plant water stress, and assessing how hybrids are responding to the environment around them, Shearer said.… Continue reading

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Unverferth Manufacturing offering rebates

Unverferth Manufacturing announces its 31 Days of Christmas Rebate for purchasers of its brands of new grain carts and wagons from December 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.  Purchasers of Brent, Killbros, Parker or Unverferth grain carts and high-capacity wagons during this time period will receive up to a $4,000 rebate check on grain carts and up to $1,100 on grain wagons.

The grain cart rebate amounts are $4,000 for 2,000 bushel, $3,500 for 1500 and 1600 bushel, $3,000 for 1300 through 1100 bushel, $2,500 for 1000 bushel, $1,500 for 850 and 700 bushel and $1,000 for 650 to 500 bushel models.  Grain wagon rebates are $1,100 for 750 bushel, $950 for 650 and $800 for 550 bushel wagons.

Additionally, grain cart purchasers of any of these brands through year’s end also qualify for up to $3,000 in Buyer’s Bucks good toward the future purchase of a wide range of other Unverferth-branded products.… Continue reading

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No-till corn and strip-till corn exceed expectations in 2015

Given all the excessive rain and cool temperatures this spring, there was some concern about how no-till and strip-till corn yields would end up at the end of the season. Well, the results from the 41st year of our long-term tillage plots near West Lafayette, Ind., are in and they tell an interesting story. These prairie soils (about 4% organic matter) at the site are silty clay loam and naturally poorly drained, but systematically tiled. We didn’t suffer from as much rain as some other counties, but we still had over 10 inches of rain in June and over seven inches in July at this location.

The first surprise is that corn yields with no-till were better than chisel plowing in both continuous corn and in the corn-soybean rotation. Yields were 11 bushels per acre better than fall chisel plow and spring secondary tillage when corn followed soybean, and 5 bushels per acre better than the fall chisel plow in continuous corn.… Continue reading

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Get to know your marketing tools

We finished harvesting on our farm in southeast Nebraska last Wednesday. Yields were average for irrigated corn and soybeans, which was expected. However, we were pleased that dryland corn matched last year’s record production and dryland soybeans were 20% higher than the last 10-year average. Reports indicate these results (i.e. corn meeting expectations and bean yields higher than expected) are being seen across the Midwest. I expect the USDA yield estimate will be close to final numbers in the January report.

Since the much-anticipated Oct USDA production reports, end users are scaling down buyers from $3.75 Dec futures, but farmers aren’t selling at those levels, waiting for $4. I expect a tight trading range for the next few months.

There was a nice bump in the soybean market after the October report, causing some farmers to sell. Keep in mind, with the higher than expected yields, $9.25 futures produce the same gross revenue as $10 futures with lower yields.… Continue reading

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OSU offering ag tax schools

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act will again be the big issue this year for taxpayers – but instead of the focus being heavy on individual taxpayers, more interest will be on employer reporting requirements, a tax expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University said.

To help experienced tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2015 tax returns, the college is offering a series of two-day income tax schools.

The tax school will also offer information on preparing taxes that focus on agriculture concerns, said Larry Gearhardt, director of the Ohio State University Income Tax School Program of Ohio State University Extension.

“The school is an excellent value that will be taught by tax experts with a goal to bring participants up to speed on the latest developments and changes in tax laws that will impact this year’s tax returns,” he said.… Continue reading

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Freeze drying technology gets a boost via rocket science

Purdue University has created a new lyophilization consortium, LyoHUB, to improve freeze-drying technology to make food, pharmaceuticals and biotech products safer and more affordable.

The center is funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology through a $453,623 planning grant from its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia, or AMTech, program.

Lyophilization, the process by which water is gently removed from materials to make them more stable and lengthen their shelf life, is a high-priority technology challenge, said Elizabeth Topp, head of Purdue’s Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy who co-leads the center with Alina Alexeenko, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

“You don’t think of it when enjoying the dried strawberries in your morning cereal, but lyophilization is a $30 billion piece of the U.S. food and pharmaceutical manufacturing industry,” said Topp, who also is the Dane O. Kildsig Chair in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy. “Without this freeze-drying process, important drugs would not be available to those who need them.… Continue reading

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Harvest underway and offering some surprises

Ryan LeeWe’re better than 25% done with the beans. They have been very dry. I don’t think we have cut much above 13% moisture. In the afternoon we’ll see a lot of 10% or 11% and even some stuff down in the 9s and there will still be some green beans in the mix too.

The draper head has been a huge help this year. Harvest loss has been pretty minimal. Even though we have some green stems and a few green leaves, there are mature pods on a lot of those beans that you can flick with a finger and open right up.

Bean yields have been surprisingly good. The yields are not at the top end but they are better than what I thought we were going to see. We ‘ve had beans over 60 and some in the 40s, but that was in the rougher ground that is going to be growing houses one of these days.… Continue reading

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Harvest forms for NCGA Yield Contest now available

With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven business days of their final yield check or by Nov. 20, whichever comes first.

“While harvest has only begun in a few areas, we ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, a farmer from Alabama. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”

The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 51st year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members.… Continue reading

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Field days are more than a free lunch

Field days are a great chance in the late summer weeks leading up to harvest to get a free lunch, but they can also be a valuable opportunity to help make profitable decisions for 2016.

There were a number of challenges with crop production in 2015 and field days offer a glimpse into how hybrids performed under the challenging conditions. Matt Hutcheson, product manager for Seed Consultants, Inc., said that his company’s field days gives customers an important chance to assess the hybrids and varieties being offered and see how they handle the problems that are showing up in 2015.

“In many areas of the state, diseases have developed in both corn and soybean fields. Weather played a big part in the appearance and development of disease. For soybeans, sclerotinia white mold (SWM), sudden death syndrome (SDS), and frogeye leaf spot (FE) have developed late in the season. Rainy weather from May through July created an environment conducive to SWM development below the canopy.… Continue reading

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