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Income tax schools

By Barry Ward and Julie Strawser, OSU Income Tax Schools

Dealing with the tax provisions of the COVID-related legislation for both individuals and businesses are among the topics to be discussed during the upcoming Tax School workshop series offered throughout Ohio in November and December.

The annual series is designed to help 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 2021 tax returns.

OSU Income Tax Schools are intermediate-level courses that focus on interpreting tax regulations and changes in tax law to help tax preparers, accountants, financial planners and attorneys advise their clients. The schools offer continuing education credit for certified public accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, annual filing season preparers and certified financial planners.

Attendees also receive a class workbook that alone is an extremely valuable reference as it offers over 600 pages of material including helpful tables and examples that will be valuable to practitioners.… Continue reading

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USDA Stocks Report highlights

Thursday’s report was pretty bearish for soybeans due to substantially more supply still remaining in storage than the trade expected. Even so, the market only decreased 40 cents after two days of trading, which is encouraging.

Estimates were not bullish for corn, but after this summer’s massive market inverses, the final numbers were not out of line either. Even after the bean news, corn managed to close on Friday no lower than where it was the day before the report was published.

The report showed fewer wheat bushels than expected, and after two days of trading, prices increased more than 50 cents. This may suggest wheat replaced more corn in rations last spring than originally thought. And this makes sense, considering wheat prices were very close to corn values in April and May. However, now that the wheat/corn price spread is much wider, it is unlikely that very much wheat will be used for feed this upcoming marketing year.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 6, 2021

October 6, 2021 -- upper level low will drift north tomorrow, bringing showers for late tomorrow afternoon and evening in southern and southwestern OH, and then on and off showers through Thursday, Friday and the first part of Saturday.

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Harvest picks up the pace

An early fall week with daytime temperatures in the mid70 degree range allowed farmers to get a good jump on fall harvest and winter wheat planting, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

Farmers were able to keep pace with the 5-year corn harvested for grain average with 11 percent of Ohio corn harvested to date. Corn for silage harvest was nearly complete. Soybean harvest was slightly ahead of the 5- year average. Farmers reported an exceptionally nice week weather-wise with favorable temperatures that benefitted livestock. Grain moisture contents were averaging on the lower side for this time of the year due to a drier fall. Fields were maturing rapidly. Second crop soybean leaves were beginning to drop.

You can read the full report here.

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Nanci Griffith: Country music loses a legend

On Aug. 13, 2021, Nanci Griffith, the American singer/songwriter, died at the age of 68 in Nashville, Tennessee. You may not recognize her name, but you might remember her songs if you heard them. She had a distinctive crystalline voice and a unique storytelling skill.

            If you are so inclined, do a search of Nanci Griffith on YouTube. It’s refreshing to watch a performer focused on the music. No fireworks, no revealing costume, no choreography. Just a clear voice and a rare insight into the lives of everyday people.

            Nanci often remarked that if you took Woody Guthrie and Loretta Lynn and mixed them together, you would get Nanci Griffith. She was inspired by Guthrie’s enduring folk music and impressed that Loretta Lynn was the first woman to play her own rhythm guitar when she performed the songs she wrote. Nanci described her music as “folkabilly.”

            She was a frequent performer on Austin City Limits and made many appearances as musical guest for the David Letterman Show.… Continue reading

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Rich history of livestock on the Clark-Weber farm

By Matt Reese

A crazy cousin, a family feud over Hereford cattle horns, a couple of Rockefellers, a tragic fire, John Wayne, and a world record all came up in a recent afternoon discussion about the seven generations and 200+ years of rich history on the Clark-Weber farm in Clark County. 

Sisters Becky Reed and Jenny Fleming, are the sixth generation on the Clark-Weber bicentennial farm in Clark County.

Sisters Becky Reed and Jenny Fleming, representing the sixth generation on the farm, were able to share several unique points in the farm history. The story of Grandview Farms and Mohawk Farms got its start, like many other tales in Clark County, with James Foley, who amassed a significant amount of land in the area. He came to Ohio sometime between 1803 and 1805 and served as a Captain in the War of 1812. 

“James Foley was a native of Virginia and became one of the early pioneers of Clark County while the Indians were still the principal occupants of the then almost unbroken forest when there was but one store in Springfield, and four or five houses constituted the town.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 1, 2021

October 1, 2021 -- We have 2 more wide open harvest days for Ohio. Today and tomorrow will both be sunny, warm and dry. Tomorrow clouds will build in the afternoon over western Ohio, but the rest of the state stays cloud free for the most part into evening...

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Replacement Female Sale consignment deadline Oct. 1

The 2021 date for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) ninth annual Replacement Female Sale will be Friday evening, Nov. 26. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. in Zanesville, Ohio and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The middle of the 2021 breeding season is an excellent time to evaluate your herd and consider marketing decisions for the fall. Young, high quality cattle backed by solid genetics are in demand with potential buyers. Yearling heifers bred artificially to proven calving ease sires are very marketable. A shorter breeding season that results in a tighter calving window has also proven to be popular with potential buyers. As we think about that tight breeding season, consider those January to early May calving females as potential consignments and breeding pieces that will fit calving windows for many Ohio producers.

It is also a great time to evaluate the body condition of potential sale animals and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet in anticipation of a late November sale date.… Continue reading

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Tar Spot Takeaways

ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — If you want to know what dominated Jim Donnelly’s summer, just take a peek at his phone.

“I’ve got more pictures of tar spot on my phone than I do my kids,” the DeKalb agronomist lamented. “I don’t love it more than my kids; that’s just the kind of year we had!”

Donnelly’s territory stretches across northern Illinois, but his experience is a familiar one to farmers across the Corn Belt, which saw epidemic levels of the disease this summer. Fueled by plentiful inoculum from previous years’ outbreaks, lots of early and midsummer rains and plenty of susceptible hybrids, tar spot in corn made it clear this yield-robbing disease is here to stay, said Michigan State University plant pathologist Martin Chilvers.

So what now? Here are five big takeaways from the season:


Growers who saw significant tar spot infestations in their fields should be watching their corn stalks like hawks, Chilvers warned.

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Corn harvest on track, beans falling behind

A week punctuated by very wet weather slowed fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels increased last week as nearly all areas of Ohio received above average precipitation. The State averaged 2.12 inches of rain last week, 0.84 inches more than normal. Some areas received significantly more precipitation. Even though temperatures last week were more temperate, they were 3.1 degrees above normal. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

Despite a rainy week, farmers were able to continue to harvest a few corn and soybean fields early in the week.
Farmers did not anticipate being kept out of fields for long as soil conditions prior to last week’s rains were dry. Corn
silage harvest continued to march towards finish; Eighty-three percent of the silage acres had been harvested to date. Hay and pasture regrowth will benefit from last week’s rain.… Continue reading

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Harvest is near

John Schumm

We were pretty fortunate here and we didn’t get as much rain as the other side of the state. I had 1.9 inches in my gauge and my son had 2.1. It came over a day and a half, which was perfect as we soaked it up well. Our creeks never came up.

We started running beans yesterday afternoon. They were already 12.5% and I have neighbors running beans and corn. We are seeing very good beans, but bean size is not as large as I have seen before because of the dry spell we had a month ago.

Rumor has it the corn bucket weight is down a little bit, which I haven’t seen around here yet. Some of my farmer friends down south are not happy with the test weight they are seeing.

We are working to get our beans off so we can get wheat planted this week.… Continue reading

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Farm Science Review battles wind and rain, still draws a crowd

A deluge of rain might have shortened this year’s Farm Science Review by a day, but the show still drew a strong crowd to see the latest farm techniques and technology.

Farmers have to contend with sudden shifts in the weather. So do outdoor farm shows.

Predictions of constant rainfall and powerful wind gusts that toppled some show tents and signs led to the show’s closure on the second day of what’s typically a three-day event. On the other two days, Sept. 21 and Sept. 23, a crowd persevered through wind and intermittent rain for a total turnout of 70,850 people.

“There have been so many events canceled in the last 18 months that people were really happy to be outside at a large event with others,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of FSR.

“The first day I saw people out in the rain without jackets on, and they all had smiles on their faces.”… Continue reading

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More warm, dry weather pushing crop progress

Another warm, dry week facilitated grain dry down in those fields that had matured, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels fell again last week due to above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Temperatures for the week ending Sept. 19 were 8.2 degrees above normal. The State averaged 0.38 inches of rain, 0.43 inches below normal. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork. 

Early corn and soybean harvest began in earnest under favorable conditions. Moisture levels were good in this early harvested grain; most required little time in the dryer. Large scale harvest was anticipated to begin in about a week in most areas. Corn silage harvest continued. Corn and soybeans remained in good shape going into harvest. Seventy-four percent of Ohio corn was rated in good to excellent condition, up 4 points from last week. Hay and pasture needed precipitation for regrowth.… Continue reading

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September Yield Checks

National yield estimates are the epitome of averages, especially in a year like this one with devasting drought in one region of the Corn Belt and blissful bounty in others. One number does not tell a universal story.

DTN’s Digital Yield Tour, powered by Gro Intelligence’s yield models, profiled growing conditions in 10 states throughout the week of Aug. 9-13, 2021. It highlighted these regional conditions by pairing Gro’s statewide yield estimates with the views of farmers to paint a vivid picture of the crop’s potential during critical grain-filling stages. (You can find all our reporting on those conditions here:….)

Since then, USDA raised its national corn yield estimate to 176.3 bushels per acre (bpa) in its September Crop Production report, which came pretty close to matching Gro Intelligence’s yield estimate published as part of the Digital Yield Tour. USDA also raised its soybean estimate to 50.6 bpa, closer to the tour’s estimate.

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Remember Sept. 12…

By Matt Reese

So, where were you when the world stopped turning that September day? That darkest of blue sky days 20 years ago forever changed the lives of Americans and, in many cases, inspired many in our great country to take positive individual action for the sake of others. 

Chris Edwards was certainly inspired to action. Edwards is a retired New York City firefighter who served for 17 years as a member of E42 and E81 in the Bronx. Though Edwards was not officially on duty that day, he was a first responder during the tragedies that surrounded the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in Manhattan. He spent two weeks digging through the rubble of the World Trade Center following the attacks. Edwards has also served as a member of the Disaster Assistance Response Team that deploys during disasters to assist individuals, families and communities.… Continue reading

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Warm, dry weather moving crops toward harvest

A warm, dry week pushed corn and soybeans towards harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. With little precipitation and higher than average temperatures, both subsoil and topsoil moisture levels fell last week. Temperatures for the week ending September 12 were 0.3 degrees above normal. The State averaged just 0.16 inches of precipitation, 0.46 inches below normal. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 12. 

Twenty-eight percent of corn was mature, 8 points higher than the 5-year average. There were reports of some farmers beginning to shell corn with test weights reported as very good. Large scale harvest was still a few weeks off. Silage harvest was in full swing. Thirty percent of Ohio soybeans were dropped leaves, 5 points higher than the 5-year average. Hay and pastures needed additional precipitation for regrowth. Fall armyworms were problematic in some hay fields. … Continue reading

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Heat quickly pushing crop toward harvest

John Schumm

We have had a very dry 6 weeks. We had 6 tenths of an inch 10 days ago. Beans are turning fast and corn is really drying down right now. I think the beans will not hit their peak. I think we maybe lost some soybean bushels by due to weight and bean size. The corn is great and drying down fast.

The stalk quality on the corn is tremendous. We are seeing some beans around here that were maybe planted too heavy. They are starting to lean and go down flatter than we like. 

We have had a lot of armyworm around here. I have heard of one case where they really tore up a soybean field. They mostly affected people’s grass and some local high school baseball diamonds and football fields. I have not seen where they did any damage in corn or soybeans here locally. 

The corn is really getting dented hard and drying down.… Continue reading

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Bearish corn, bullish soybean numbers Sept. 10

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile

In the days leading up to this USDA report day, traders were looking for both corn and soybean yields to increase from the August report. In addition, U.S. corn acres were expected to be up one million acres and U.S. soybean acres near unchanged.

This report was to include FSA acres into the mix of publishing supply and demand tables for corn, soybeans, and wheat. In the past, it was very common to have those FSA acres released after the October WASDE report. It is a rare event to see the FSA acres released in September. The FSA acres are supposed to be released AFTER the WASDE report. For whatever reason, however it happened, someone hit send on Wednesday afternoon this week, releasing those FSA acre numbers. 

After the noon report was released, corn was up 2 cents, soybeans up 12 cents, and wheat down 3 cents.… Continue reading

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