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Inoculants at silage harvest can help an already effective regimen

For dairy and other livestock producers wanting to optimize their silage, the addition of inoculant just prior to storage may help to improve their return by minimizing losses and getting the most out of their product.

Silage inoculants help the fermentation process, an essential part of any feed of its type. They contain anaerobic bacteria that result in a high fermentation rate, higher levels of lactic acid and lower amounts of acetic acid.

Normand St-Pierre, professor and dairy extension specialist at The Ohio State University, said there has been a substantial increase in inoculant use in the last few years. This is party due to economics.

“As a guide, if the silage goes above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, you will have a problem. The intake of the cows will drop and you’ll have some upset stomachs,” St-Pierre said. “Good grief, I remember working in New York 20 years ago. At the time, you could buy corn silage standing in the field.… Continue reading

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Futures offer marketing flexibility

Reasons to be bullish corn:

• Technical picture for corn futures is bullish

• Indiana and Ohio are clearly having production issues

• Illinois growing conditions continue to fade

• USDA has dropped planted acres and harvested acres

• Trade believes the final yield is closer to 162 than the USDA’s 166

• 2015/16 corn carryout continues to slide and is below 1.6 billion

• Europe’s corn production will be at least 10% lower this year

• Funds have moved from a large short position to a long position

• Alberta Canada is in drought and wheat is being put up for hay

• Possible ridge of high pressure moving in and potential dry August

• 90- to 100-degree days during pollination over large patches of the Corn Belt.


Reasons to be bearish corn:

• Minnesota and South Dakota could see yields over 200 bushels per acre this year (150-185 normal)

• Iowa largely looks good and Nebraska is improving

• Significant hay inventory could reduce need for excessive corn silage and thus more corn acres

• USDA could increase crop ratings this week based on good weather in the West

• Massive world wheat carryout, could lead to more wheat feeding around the world at the expense of corn

• Large supplies of feed grade soft wheat in the United States may replace corn in the rations in the South

• Slow new crop sales and a lack of continued Chinese corn demand

• If achieved, a national average yield of 165 will push prices back to $3.75 futures

• Goldman Sachs has expressed that prices are too high for world stock levels

• USDA estimates that prices should average $3.75

• Drier weather in West could be welcome relief to recent wet weather

• While hot next week, humid conditions could reduce heat impact on pollination

• Brazilian corn works in Southeastern U.S.… Continue reading

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Awkward football interview offers perspective on Ohio’s great ag spokespeople

There has been quite a stir in the world of college football lately about a painfully awkward interview between ESPN’s Colin Cowherd and recently hired M*ch*gan head football coach Jim Harbaugh.

On the day of the now notorious interview I was driving around western Ohio with Ty Higgins doing several story visits and we listened to the Harbaugh interview intently in the car. At first, when I heard that the new M*ch*gan coach was on, I immediately conjured up those wonderful crisp fall football Saturdays and the pure joy of watching the Buckeyes clobber the team from up north. Hopefully this experienced coach can help refuel the greatest rivalry in the sport (in a string of very painful and dramatic M*ch*gan losses, of course).

The interview got off to a slow start, though, and I was soon thinking less of fall football victories and more about the painful experience of the increasingly hard-to-listen-to interview.… Continue reading

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Nicotinoid and fungal disease combined could open up new methods for termite control

Purdue University research shows that a small amount of nicotinoid pesticide substantially weakens termites’ ability to fight off fungal diseases, a finding that could lead to more effective methods of pest control.

The study also provides clues into termites’ robust defense systems and how nicotinoids affect social insects. Nictotinoid pesticides are commonly used on corn and soybean seeds.

A team led by Michael Scharf, the O.W. Rollins/Orkin Chair and professor of entomology, found that a sublethal dose of imidacloprid knocked out key microbes in the termite gut and suppressed the social hygiene habits that help keep a termite colony healthy. Their defenses weakened, the termites became vulnerable to a fungal pathogen that normally poses little threat. The combination of pesticide and pathogen wiped out laboratory colonies in seven days.

“A termite colony can tolerate this dose of imidacloprid and fungal pathogen independently, but put them together, and they really have deleterious effects,” Scharf said.… Continue reading

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Scout fields now for better yields later on

Finally, corn and soybean fields are planted and are up and growing. Some growers were able to plant early, but up and down weather patterns affected corn and soybean planting in many parts of the state. Compared to 2014 planting, 2015 conditions were drier and corn emergence was delayed until moisture arrived. Many fields didn’t get planted until the middle of May and the crop struggled to get out of the ground due to cooler temperatures and water issues. What happens in the next 80 to 90 days will have a major affect on maximizing yield potential.

A good tool for part of your scouting plan is to carry the Corn and Soybean pocket Field Guide from Purdue or Ohio State University. We scout now so as to eliminate issues that can have an affect on harvest yields later on.

As we have seen in past years, growers need to walk their fields often or hire a professional to identify crop issues now that can impact yields.… Continue reading

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Import export business is no horseplay

Horses hold a global appeal. Kevin and Christine Bomlitz know firsthand that U.S. horses are loved around the world and the United States loves the world’s horses.

The Johnstown couple owns and operates Blue Diamond Stables, a USDA approved Import and Export quarantine facility for horses entering or leaving the country. They have been importing and exporting horses exclusively since 2002.

“We work with mares and stallions of all breeds and disciplines as well as with all national and international shipping agencies,” Christine said. “We quarantine horses purchased for showing, breeding, or pets. We don’t own the horses, we just take care of them. We offer 12-by-12 rubber matted stalls with large windows, heated barns, daily turnout in the indoor lunging arena, and lunging to help keep horses fit during their stay while abiding by all USDA regulations and biosecurity guidelines.”

The procedures are different based on a number of different factors.… Continue reading

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The elephant NOT in the room

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

I am a consumer. I like to have choices and I am a certified meat-atarian. If you throw it on the grill I will eat it. Although I have never looked at a label when buying food for my family to enjoy, I do not belittle those that do. My farming background has given me the knowledge and the trust about what exactly my food is and exactly where it comes from. That is something that can’t be forced on someone who has never been on a farm, so consumer choice is paramount.

Lately, there has been a big hubbub about consumer choice and large food producing corporations are taking note. Just recently, companies like Dunkin Donuts, General Mills, Subway and even McDonald’s have all made major changes to items they produce and market because of some negative feedback about the additives, ingredients and meat they have on their menus.… Continue reading

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Another lackluster USDA report

No big changes today. Corn exports went up 50 million bushels to 1.8 billion bushels. Ending stocks were lowered 50 million bushels to 1.777 billion bushels. No surprise for corn. Soybean exports were unchanged at 1.79 billion bushels. Ending stocks were unchanged at 385 million bushels. In addition Brazil soybean production was unchanged at 94.5 million tons while the Argentina production was also unchanged at 56 million tons.

Prior to the report corn was down 5 cents, soybeans down 4 cents, while wheat was down 3 cents. At 12:20 pm corn was up 2 cents, soybeans were down 5 cents, and wheat was up 6 cents.

Today was the monthly USDA supply and demand report. Traders were expecting some minor changes but nothing huge was expected. In addition, they were looking for increased U.S. exports of corn and soybeans that would result in ending stocks declining. Looming larger later this month with the potential for huge price changes in 30 minutes or less is the March 31 planting acres intentions report as well as grain stocks as of March 1.Continue reading

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Cable Acres Farm finds that fighting the trend can pay off

Sometimes it pays to not do what everyone else is doing.

In recent decades there has been an undeniable shift away from livestock for many farms in Ohio. The Dagger family from Champaign County went a different direction.

“I have always told the boys we should be as diversified as we can be and not put all of our eggs in one basket,” said Larry Dagger, of Cable Acres Farms, the winner of this year’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Commercial Producer of the Year Award. “I think you can still make money by being diversified in agriculture. People have cut back on their cattle numbers while we went in the opposite direction. We can make more money on cattle now than on corn. And when corn gets high we can convert some of our hay ground to corn.”

As cattle prices have strengthened in recent months, the Dagger philosophy has really paid off for Larry and his two grown sons, Justin and Jason, and their families.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s ice wines are gaining national renown

Born of Ohio’s cold winters, a boon from being below freezing, Buckeye State ice wine is hot with critics.

“They don’t call it ‘nectar of the gods’ for nothing,” said Todd Steiner, who leads Ohio State University’s enology program, the science of wine-making, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

For two straight years now, ice wines from northeast Ohio’s Grand River Valley wine region — from Debonné Vineyards in Madison this year and from Ferrante Winery in Geneva last year — have won the top award for dessert wine in early January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

In an uncommon back-to-back win, the same Debonné ice wine also won the top award for dessert wine in last week’s Florida State Fair International Wine Competition.

With the increasing popularity of ice wine, its production is yet another option Ohio grape growers have to increase their vineyards’ revenue, experts say.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s state parks offer winter fun

By Kim Lemmon, Ohio’s Country Journal

Even during the bleak days of an Ohio winter, Ohio’s state parks can offer plenty of fun activities. Fill some of winter’s long dark days by attending events held at Ohio’s state parks this season.

Some activities are held outside while others provide indoor entertainment. No matter whether you enjoy an active lifestyle or just spending time with other Ohioans while remaining indoors, winter events held at Ohio’s state parks can fit the bill.

Below is a list of a few of the events held at state parks throughout Ohio this winter. More information is available at and a complete list of events is at

Hike to Health at Malabar Farm State Park – Enjoy a day viewing the winter sights at Malabar Farm on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet at the visitor center to receive maps. After hiking, refreshments will be available at the visitor center conference room.… Continue reading

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Northeast Ohio Pork Producers serving up delicious food and information

The county fair — there are few better ways to bring people together and showcase the enthusiasm and talent of local community members. Visit the Wayne County Fair in Wooster and it becomes clear that some members of the community have developed a special enthusiasm for the pork industry. Their passion has earned the group’s food stand a prime location and astounding sales numbers at the event.

A project of the Northeast Ohio Pork Producers, the pork stand at the Wayne County Fair brought in more than $90,000 in gross sales in 2014. Sales that high are not unusual for the group that has become an icon at the Wayne County Fair and recently caught the eye of the Ohio Pork Council that is honoring the group as this year’s Pork Promoter of the Year.

The group itself has been around for decades, and while they have had a decline in members and do not hold regular meetings, they are certainly having a huge impact in their community and doing a remarkable job at promoting pork.… Continue reading

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Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference to feature topics related to the trends, technology and tradition

The 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference will feature topics related to the trends, technology and tradition in agriculture Feb. 4-5, as well as a keynote address from Chris Jahn, president of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), during OABA’s Industry Networking Dinner and Annual Meeting on Feb. 4.

As president of the fertilizer industry’s national trade association, Chris Jahn advocates for the industry through legislative and regulatory activities, as well as promotes a positive image of fertilizer and agriculture overall to the public. He also serves as president of the Nutrients for Life Foundation. Prior to leading TFI, Chris Jahn was also president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors and the Contract Services Association, and worked for nearly 10 years in the U.S. Senate.

“The Fertilizer Institute is the national voice of the fertilizer industry, and we are excited to have TFI President Chris Jahn as our keynote speaker for this year’s conference,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO.… Continue reading

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Football Buckeyes had a great season off the field with help from a local farm

Ohio State had a successful football season in more ways than one.

This year, Ohio Stadium was the largest football stadium in the country to achieve zero-waste status. Over 95% of all the waste materials produced during 2014 season home games were diverted from the landfill through recycling, composting or repurposing as a part of Ohio State’s Zero Waste Initiative.

All of the food waste collected from the stadium is transported to Price Farms Organics, a composting facility in Delaware, Ohio. The waste is sorted, composted and eventually turned into a mulch called, “Stadium Scarlet,” and is available for customers to purchase at their facility on Warrensburg Road.

“Ohio State needed someone to be a compost facility to take them over the edge and to the next level,” said Tom Price, owner of Price Farms Organics. “The turn-around time for converting the waste into mulch is about two years. In one football season we will make enough Stadium Scarlet to fill the beds of 75 pick-up trucks.… Continue reading

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USDA offers many numbers causing violent action in both directions

Corn production was estimated at 14.216 billion bushels. This was lower than expected. Corn acres were unchanged. Corn was up initially 7 cents with production below trade expectations by 133 million bushels. However, the quarterly stocks as of Dec. 1 were 11.203 billion bushels. This was 80 million bushels higher than expected. For corn, the machines were buyers on the smaller than expected production. But they quickly turned sellers with quarterly highs being above expectations as corn was down 10 cents for the day. Sellers also came into the picture for corn with harvested acres unchanged at 83.1 million acres. This would have been a big negative for the funds who for months have expected harvested corn acres to be reduced. Corn ending stocks were at 1.877 billion bushels, down 50 million bushels from last month.

Soybeans had production at 3.969 billion bushels, almost unchanged from last month. Quarterly stocks were 2.524 billion bushels.… Continue reading

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Bane-Welker Equipment announces purchase of two Ohio locations

Bane-Welker Equipment, LLC has announced its purchase of The Equipment Superstore, which has two locations in Ohio.  The Wilmington and Georgetown Ohio stores will change names and become Bane-Welker Equipment.

The purchase brings the total number of Bane-Welker locations to 12.  There are now 10 stores in Indiana and two stores in Ohio.  All locations offer parts, sales, service, and precision farming for Case IH products as well as a variety of other brands and short lines.

“We are very excited about this new venture in the market,” stated Phil Bane, CEO of Bane-Welker Equipment.  “With the addition of the Ohio stores, we now have a larger selection of new and used equipment, as well as wider variety of apparel items, accessories and toys.  This opens up a whole new market which we are excited to serve.”

New and current customers can count on the same top-notch service that all Bane-Welker Equipment locations provide; a large selection of short line and complimentary equipment offerings, a dedicated grower spray center, an in-house RTK network, and the addition of the Bane-Welker Select brand.  … Continue reading

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Take steps for healthy holidays

If visions of sugarplums and other holiday treats dance in your head, materialize in your mouth and then on your hips, you’re not alone. It’s that time of year.

Fortunately, studies show that most people gain just one or two pounds over the holidays. Unfortunately, people who are already battling the bulge tend to gain more. And it can be difficult for anyone to shed those pounds after the holidays are over.

Bridgette Kidd, Healthy People program specialist for Ohio State University Extension offers guidance to help you enjoy the holidays without calorie-laden regrets:

• Don’t skip meals. A busy, stressful holiday season can lead people to skip meals, which often leads to poor food choices and overeating later, “especially when everywhere you look there are holiday-themed treats with flavors like pumpkin spice and peppermint chocolate,” Kidd said.

Arm yourself against this temptation by planning ahead: Keep healthy snacks on hand while you are out holiday shopping or at home decorating.… Continue reading

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A second beef checkoff program in the works

Are two beef checkoffs better than one?

Over the past three years a Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has been working on recommendations to satisfy all 11 parties in the consortium on how the Beef Checkoff would look moving forward. The working group was established in response to concerns over a proposal to raise the Beef Checkoff from $1 per head to $2 per head.

Progress was being made by the working group to come up with a solution that would meet the needs of all of the organizations involved in the process. In the past two months, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed by the group. Then just 30 days ago, one of the organizations decided to leave the working group, based on the implementation of the proposed MOU.

Because of that one abrupt departure from the working group, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack called a meeting last week with the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group in Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

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Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters kicks off next week

A first-ever workshop in Ohio is bringing together farmers, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss whole-system solutions to the Midwest’s nutrient runoff and water problems.

Organizers said the Sept. 14-16 program, called Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters, will focus on state-of-the-art best management practices for reducing fertilizer runoff into the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. The two basins include all of Ohio and most of the Midwest.

“By synthesizing the wealth of knowledge that exists across these regions, we’ll be able to identify what it will take to prevent excess nutrients in our water resources while sustaining agricultural productivity and the economic viability of farming,” said co-organizer Andy Ward, professor of agricultural engineering in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Experts say excess agricultural runoff of phosphorus, for example, is a cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other water bodies. In August, a toxic bloom in western Lake Erie led to a two-day drinking water ban in Toledo.… Continue reading

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Ohio No-till Field Day Sept. 9

Presentations at a field day on Sept. 9 will help farmers address the Lake Erie watershed phosphorus problem.

Randall Reeder, emeritus agricultural engineer with Ohio State University Extension, said the Ohio No-till Summer Field Day’s focus on establishing cover crops and maintaining residue on cropland can help minimize runoff and erosion, which reduces the amount of phosphorus in the watershed. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is one of the event’s sponsors.

Phosphorus is a primary culprit in Lake Erie’s massive algae blooms, one of which shut down the city of Toledo’s water system for several days in early August.

The field day takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m., at the John Buck Farm, 7632 Wildcat Pike, in New Bloomington in western Marion County.

Early registration of $25 for the field day has been extended to Sept.… Continue reading

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